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RegionsAdapt
Description/achievement of initiative

The RegionsAdapt initiative aims to inspire and support regional governments to take concrete action, collaborate and report on climate adaptation. Driven by the governments of Rio de Janeiro and Catalonia, RegionsAdapt was launched at COP 21 in Paris, and now encompasses more than 71 signatory regions from five continents. By joining the initiative, signatories commit to: a. Adopt a strategic approach to adaptation and prioritise adaptation actions within two years. b. Take concrete action on adaptation in at least one of the priority areas identified by the regions. c. Report data on the progress of their adaptation actions on an annual basis through CDP’s states and regions platform. Through working in different priority areas, RegionsAdapt aims to exchange information on skills and challenges, adopt common standards and, based on these standards, develop joint projects.

Implementation methodologies

By joining RegionsAdapt initiative, governments commit to: 1. Adopt a strategic approach to adaptation and prioritize adaptation actions within two years of joining the initiative; 2. Take concrete action on adaptation in at least one of the key priority areas identified by the regions; and 3. Report data on the progress of the adaptation actions on an annual basis

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

The benefits of RegionsAdapt initiative for member governments are: 1. Join an ambitious global group of subnational governments who are pioneers in climate change adaptation;
 2. Have a platform to showcase their regional actions on adaptation; 3. Establish an extensive communication with other governments, offering and learning best practices; 
4. Become part of a global, standardized reporting system led by CDP; 5. Take part in CDP’s global reporting system.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

The RegionsAdapt initiative is open to all governments situated between the local and the national level from across the world, regardless of their size or the stage of implementation of their climate policy. Launched at the UN Climate Conference of the Parties in December 2015, RegionsAdapt was commissioned by the governments of Catalonia and Rio de Janeiro. The Regions4 serves as its Secretariat; CDP and BC3 are partners.

Partner(s)

Regions4 Sustainable Development, CDP, BC3 and the following regional governments: Alberta, Australian Capital Territory, Azuay, Basque Country, Bolívar, Brittany, British Columbia, Canary Islands, Catalonia, Ceará, Centre Nord, Cerro Largo, Cross River State, El Oro, Esmeraldas, Fatick, Gossas, Imbabura, Jalisco, Kaffrine, KwaZulu-Natal, La Reunion, Lombardy, Manabí, Misiones, Morona Santiago, Paraná, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Rabat-Salé-Kénitra, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Sul, Rivera, Saint-Louis, Santa Elena, Sao Paulo, South Australia, Sud Comoe, Tocantins, Tombouctou, Tucumán, Wales, Western Province, CONGOPE, Ahafo, Amambay, Araucanía, Auvergne Rhône-Alpes, California, Chaco Tarijeño, Communes du Zou, Cusco, Cordillera, Dakhla-Oued Ed Dahab, Departamento Central, Fès-Mèknes, Goias, Minas Gerais, Napo, North Sumatra, O'Higgins, Orellana, Risaralda, Roraima, Santander, Pichincha, Pastaza, Vermont, Zamora Chinchipe, AJUDEPA, ANCORE, ANGR, Council of Governors Kenya
Progress reports
Goal 11
Goal 13
Goal 17
2017
RegionsAdapt 2017 Report: Regions accelerating climate chnage adaptation
2017
RegionsAdapt 2017 Report: Regions accelerating climate chnage adaptation
2018
RegionsAdapt 2018 Brief Report: Multi-Level Governance in Climate Change Adaptation
December/2017
Publication of a compilation of case studies and best practices
December/2017
Guidebook on regional adaptation
June/2016
Co-funded projects for RegionsAdapt participants
Throughout 2016/2017
Exchange of best practices within the key priority areas identified by the regions
Financing (in USD)
70,000 USD
Staff / Technical expertise
Each of the participant governments nominate one or more technical expert to participate in the activities of the initiative. Each expert shares the main barriers and strategies adopted in each of the regions.
Staff / Technical expertise
The project counts with a dedicated manager and additional nrg4SD staff members, carrying the role of Secretariat of the initiative.

Basic information
Time-frame: 01/2016 - n/d
Partners
Regions4 Sustainable Development, CDP, BC3 and the following regional governments: Alberta, Australian Capital Territory, Azuay, Basque Country, Bolívar, Brittany, British Columbia, Canary Islands, Catalonia, Ceará, Centre Nord, Cerro Largo, Cross River State, El Oro, Esmeraldas, Fatick, Gossas, Imbabura, Jalisco, Kaffrine, KwaZulu-Natal, La Reunion, Lombardy, Manabí, Misiones, Morona Santiago, Paraná, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Rabat-Salé-Kénitra, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Sul, Rivera, Saint-Louis, Santa Elena, Sao Paulo, South Australia, Sud Comoe, Tocantins, Tombouctou, Tucumán, Wales, Western Province, CONGOPE, Ahafo, Amambay, Araucanía, Auvergne Rhône-Alpes, California, Chaco Tarijeño, Communes du Zou, Cusco, Cordillera, Dakhla-Oued Ed Dahab, Departamento Central, Fès-Mèknes, Goias, Minas Gerais, Napo, North Sumatra, O'Higgins, Orellana, Risaralda, Roraima, Santander, Pichincha, Pastaza, Vermont, Zamora Chinchipe, AJUDEPA, ANCORE, ANGR, Council of Governors Kenya
Countries
Contact information
Sara Kupka, Climate Change Policy Officer, skupka@regions4.org
United Nations