The Race to Resilience is a global campaign led by the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action High-Level Climate Champions – Nigel Topping and Gonzalo Muñoz –, launched in January 2021 to catalyse a step change in global ambition for climate resilience, putting people and nature first in pursuit of a resilient world where we don’t just survive climate shocks and stresses, but thrive in spite of them.

The campaign aims to catalyse action by non-state actors that builds the resilience of 4 billion people from vulnerable groups and communities to climate risks, by 2030.

Through partner networks and initiatives, such as RegionsAdapt, the campaign focuses on helping frontline communities to build resilience and adapt to impacts of climate change, such as extreme heat, drought, flooding and sea-level rise.

RegionsAdapt

RegionsAdapt, proud partner of the Race to Resilience, is the international initiative engaging subnational governments (states, regions and provinces) in the global effort of raising ambition in adaptation to tackle climate change.

Adapting communities and living environments to the impacts of climate change is no longer a choice. The UNFCCC has called for enhanced action on adaptation, highlighting that it must be addressed with the same priority as mitigation. To develop and implement effective adaptation strategies, all levels of government need to be engaged. Due to their key position between national and local levels, subnational governments facilitate coordination and policy coherence, innovate and develop ambitious plans and adaptation actions that are crucial for long-term resilience.

RegionsAdapt is a unique platform that inspires and supports subnational government in developing ambitious adaptation strategies, implementing concrete actions, and transparently reporting on their progress, while actively contributing to building resilience for regions’ most vulnerable communities with a multi-level governance approach. With 70 signatory members impacting over 270 million citizens RegionsAdapt is mobilizing ambition on adaptation worldwide.

Our Pledge 

As part of Race to Resilience, RegionsAdapt pledges to:

  1. Double the number of signatory regions working on building resilience from 70 to 140, raising the number of impacted people by 2030, positioning RegionsAdapt as the voice of subnational governments in the Race to Resilience.
  2. Increase the number of regions developing adaptation plans and integrating climate change adaptation and resilience in sectoral policies and local development planning.
  3. Support regions in developing, adopting and improving their adaptation plans and/or programmes (mainstreaming adaptation into other sectoral policies) through capacity building, knowledge exchange, compilation and dissemination of good practices, and cooperation amongst peers.
  4. Support regions with capacity building and information in order to raise the number of implemented adaptation actions targeting vulnerable communities.
  5. Increase the number of regions reporting annually and report back on their annual progress to inform the Marrakesh Partnership and members pathways on adaptation and resilience.

Moving forward

In 2021, RegionsAdapt is pledging at the initiative level, with the aim to, starting 2022, go deeper into our pledge by proposing a series of resilient actions per thematic working area that our member regions would need to work on and implement in order to comply with their commitment to the campaign. These resilient actions would then allow us to report in a more detailed, disaggregated manner to the Race to Resilience, per number of inhabitants and vulnerable communities that these actions are targeting and impacting. This will be done in partnership with technical experts such as BC3 and CDP.

How to join?

Regional governments interested in being part of the Race to Resilience can do so by joining the RegionsAdapt initiative and are required to:

  1. Complete and sign the adhesion form accepting the aforementioned commitments (sent by email upon request. Please contact mgarcia@regions4.org).
  2. Assign two representatives from your region who will work directly with us throughout the initiative.

Regions joining RegionsAdapt automatically become part of the Race to Resilience and pledge to implement the commitments mentioned above. Member regions benefit from the initiative’s support in enhancing their visibility, strengthening their capacities, and showcasing their leadership in adaptation and resilience.

Regions on the Race to Resilience

Currently 73 regions support the Race to Resilience pledge and are delivering ambitious adaptation actions. To learn more about those leading regions, check out our list of signatories.

  • When regional governments engage with the RegionsAdapt initiative, they demonstrate their leadership in becoming part of the global solution to tackle climate change and automatically become part of the Race to Resilience by committing to:

  • Take stock of the current impacts of climate change in their territory by developing a vulnerability risk assessment that includes all vulnerable communities.

  • Plan, prioritize and adopt an ambitious adaptation plan and/or programme (mainstreaming adaptation into other sectoral policies) and including the most vulnerable, with interim targets and long-term goals.

  • Implement concrete actions on adaptation in key identified priority areas: Water resources and management; Resilience and disaster risk reduction; Agriculture and zootechnics; Forestry, protected areas and biodiversity; Infrastructure (including transport and energy) and territorial planning; Economic impacts and opportunities; and, Social adaptation and impacts.

  • Report annuallyon their progress through RegionsAdapt / CDP reporting platform to inform and improve policies and actions.

Race to Zero

Race to Zero is the UN-backed global campaign rallying non-state actors – including companies, cities, regions, financial and educational institutions – to take rigorous and immediate action to halve global emissions by 2030 and deliver a healthier, fairer zero-carbon world in time. It was launched in 2019 as a sibling campaign to Race to Resilience.

All members are committed to the same overarching goal: reducing emissions across all scopes swiftly and fairly in line with the Paris Agreement, with transparent action plans and robust near-term targets.

Led by the High-Level Climate Champions for Climate Action Race To Zero mobilizes a coalition of leading net zero initiatives, representing 31 regions, 733 cities, 3,067 companies, 624 educational institutions, 173 investors, and over 3,000 hospitals from 37 healthcare institutions. All actors must meet stringent criteria which will bring them to the starting line to credibly race to zero emissions. These ‘real economy’ actors join 120 countries in the largest ever alliance committed to halving emissions by 2030 and achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 at the latest.

Regions wishing to join the Race to Zero can contact Under 2 Coalition: www.theclimategroup.org/join-race-to-zero

Why join this campaign?

  • Benefit from a unique platform of regional governments to share knowledge and innovative best practices on adaptation and resilience through the RegionsAdapt Community of Practice.

  • Join an inclusive campaign that convenes and connects initiatives and local leaders to produce partnerships and collaboration on resilience and adaptation.

  • Learn from a metrics framework which will enable to transparently assess a credible, robust commitment to resilience and measure progress.

  • Contribute to putting resilience at the centre of the COP26 narrative by placing resilience on par with climate mitigation.

Join us!

We look forward to collaborating with your regional government.

    Mayra García-Blásquez, responsible
    of this project:

    Mayra García-Blásquez

    RegionsAdapt Project Officer

    mgarcia@regions4.org