Horizon Europe Mission area: adaptation to climate change

Horizon Europe will incorporate, as a new element, research and innovation missions. One of the five mission area is adaptation to climate change. This mission area will support adjustment and solutions to climate change, but also address communities to lead the societal transformation.

The Implementation Plan published in September 2021 outlines the main goal of the Mission, which is to support at least 150 European regions and communities in becoming climate-resilient by 2030. In doing so, the Mission will engage local actors, notably in climate-vulnerable regions, as well as citizens by funding projects facilitating and requiring their involvement. Considering that the level of preparedness for climate impacts varies substantially between regions in Europe, this R&I support will be provided in different ways.

Specific objective 1: Preparing and planning for climate resilience o provide general support to European regions and communities to better understand, prepare for and manage climate risks and opportunities.

Specific objective 2: Accelerating transformations to climate resilience o work with at least 150 regions and communities to accelerate their transformation to a climate resilient future, supporting them in the co-creation of innovation pathways and the testing of solutions.

Specific objective 3: Demonstrating systemic transformations to climate resilience o deliver at least 75 large-scale demonstrations of systemic transformations to climate resilience across European regions and communities.

The Mission deploys the new impact oriented approaches of European research and innovation policy in support of European Green Deal objectives (e.g. climate change adaptation, disaster risk, biodiversity). It becomes a key implementation vector of the 2021 EU Adaptation Strategy and will trigger co-ordinated R&I efforts across Horizon Europe. 


ERRIN input

ERRIN has taken an active role in shaping the Mission on Adaptation to climate change including societal transformation and is closely following the work of the Mission Board. The first input document developed by ERRIN and its members follows up on an exchange with the Mission Board Chair, Connie Hedegaard, during an ERRIN webinar held in July 2020.

In October 2020, ERRIN members have participated in a co-creation event held by the European Commission, with an aim to further design the selection criteria and the involvement of the regions and communities in the Mission. Another session was organised together with the Mission secretariat and the Climate KIC in March 2021.


Next steps

ERRIN has provided input to the Mission's Implementation Plan. After its launch of the Mission and its Implementation Plan, ERRIN together with its members works on the participation and implementation of the Mission.

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