On 7 February 2018, the Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development – nrg4SD, launched the “RegionsAdapt 2017 Report: Regions accelerating climate change adaptation”. The report is the result of the latest disclosing process of the RegionsAdapt – an initiative led by the nrg4SD as its Secretariat- and covers data from 35 regional governments that reported their climate risks and adaptation through CDP’s states and regions platform.
In total, 208 physical risks resulting from the impacts of climate change were reported, in addition to numerous water supply and socio-economic risks. Droughts, changes in the seasonality of rainfall, as well as extreme rainfall events and heat are the most pressing issues in this regard.
“The RegionsAdapt report reveals regional governments’ commitment to protect their territories and populations from the undeniable impacts of climate change, with over 270 adaptation actions reported, addressing several physical and water supply risks” explains Natalia Vera, nrg4SD Secretary General.
On the occasion of the two-year anniversary of the RegionsAdapt and the accompanying completion of the deadline to accomplish three commitments as part of the first phase of RegionsAdapt, the report also assesses the achievements so far. Within these two years, the initiative grew from its 27 founding members to 69 members, which represent a combined population of more than 295 million inhabitants from 26 countries on 5 continents. Six Working Groups were established, and various formal online meetings and webinars were organised, to exchange knowledge, solutions and challenges on climate change adaptation. Further, the report shows, that 74% of the founding members of RegionsAdapt fulfilled all three commitments and can thus enter into the next phase of RegionsAdapt.
The renewed pathway encompasses new rounds of commitments until 2021. Regional governments, that successfully fulfilled the initial three commitments, will be invited to improve the effectiveness of their adaptation strategies by carrying out self-assessments. This will be done either by the Adaptation Policy Checklist (APC) designed and offered by
the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), or any other self-assessment to be chosen by the regional government.
The “RegionsAdapt2017Report:Regionsacceleratingclimatechangeadaptation” was launched in an open online event, supported by CDP and BC3 on 7 February, 15:30 – 17:00 GMT. During the event, nrg4SD presented the main findings of the report, including the data collected in the 2017 reporting process and the assessment of the first two years of RegionsAdapt, as well as the new pathway of the initiative.
The full report is available to download at: http://www.nrg4sd.org/wp- content/uploads/2018/02/nrg4SD_RegionsAdapt2017Report_compressed.pdf
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The Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development – nrg4SD – was established in 2002, and currently has 57 members from 29 countries in four continents. The Network acts in three main fields: sustainable development, biodiversity and climate change, and seeks greater international recognition of regional governments, especially in the context of the global agendas at UN and EU levels. In addition, nrg4SD promotes cooperation among members, fostering exchange of information, know-how and best practices. In the field of climate change, nrg4SD runs RegionsAdapt, an initiative designed to inspire and support regional governments to act, collaborate and report efforts on climate change adaptation. Launched at UNFCCC COP 21, the initiative expanded from 27 founding members to almost 70 members from all continents.
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