Climate Adaptation

The growing number of meteorological extremes connected to climate change, such as floods, torrential rain, windstorms and heat waves have become an increasingly bigger challenge for municipalities and regions. According to the European Environment Agency, the overall economic damage resulting from weather and climate extremes in the 33 EEA member countries during the period 1980- 2016 amounted to more than 450 billion €. Most of these economic effects were caused by flood disasters (around 40%), followed by storms (25%), droughts (around 10%) and heat waves (around 5%).

Climate adaptation seeks to lower the risks posed by the consequences of climatic changes. It is a cross-cutting issue that covers a wide range of specialist fields in a municipality. Therefore, the employment of adequate administration and implementation structures is key to have an integrated proceeding and to take into account different perspectives and requirements. Initiatives available to support municipalities and regions in the realisation of climate adaptation strategies and measures take this into account with the aim to offer structured support to municipalities and regions.


  • Introduce the topic of climate adaptation by sharing knowledge and initiate a discussion forum.
  • Develop and support strategy papers for the European Union.
  • Support the implementation and development of regional and local observation tools.
  • Support communities and public authorities in their “integrated” energy-climate planning approaches.

Working Group Chairs

FEDARENE’s Circular Economy Working Group is chaired by our Vice-President Thekla Heinel, Vice-President for Climate Protection in Municipalities and Regions, with the support of Didier Dousset, Vice-President for Energy Transition, and Serge Nocodie, Vice-President for Climate Action.

Climate planning needs to enable local public authorities to answer immediate expectations of their territories and anticipate the challenges of tomorrow.”

Serge Nocodie, Vice-President for Climate Action – Read full interview.

“Climate protection and climate adaptation are two facets of the same important challenge. They must be implemented in an integrated, structured and targeted way  in order to create synergies, to fight climate change and to enable sustainable and resilient communities.”

Thekla Heinel, Vice-President for Climate Protection in Municipalities and Regions

“Adaptation, a no-regrets policy: avoiding the unmanageable and managing the inevitable”

Didier Dousset, Vice-President for Energy Transition

EU Projects

The Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy brings together local and regional authorities voluntarily committing to implementing the EU’s climate and energy objectives on their territory.

Putting regions on track for carbon neutrality by 2050 – C-track 50 will empower local and regional authorities to develop, finance and implement ambitious sustainable energy and climate resilient plans and actions.


FEDARENE INFO 45. Focus on climate adaptation

The FEDARENE INFO is a short publication realised by FEDARENE which focuses specific topics related to the climate and energy transition and gives the word to renowned experts of the field, political representatives and FEDARENE members. In the 45th edition, you will find:

  • An editorial by Thekla Heinel  (Vice-President of FEDARENE for Climate Protection in Municipalities and Regions and Head of Department at B&SU, Germany) on how climate adaptation and unforeseen natural events are dealt with at the level of municipalities;
  • An interview of Jean-Pascal Van Ypersele (Professor at the University of Leuven) where he assesses the past and present efforts of EU institutions and local/regional authorities in the fight against climate change, and suggests ways to enhance our efforts;
  • An article on Wallonia’s Air-Climate-Energy Plan (Belgium) and the tool it developed to measure vulnerability to climate change;
  • An article on the Skane region (Sweden) and its new climate- and energy strategy to become climate neutral and fossil free by 2030;
  • An article on the regional observatories in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (France) which provide valuable data on the effects of climate change and greenhouse gases emissions and support public authorities in the elaboration of their sustainable climate and energy action plans;
  • and an update on FEDARENE’s ongoing European projects: ManagEnergy, PEGASUS, PROSPECT, PUBLENEF.

FEDARENE publication – Climate adaptation and Long Term Planning

Achieving the EU’s climate and energy targets for 2030 and 2050 will not be possible without sound, long-term energy planning at local and regional level. This is something FEDARENE members have long understood, encouraging them to support municipalities and work together with all stakeholders involved to slow down the effects of climate change but also prevent its future consequences.

In this new publication, you will find out some of the most recent and remarkable projects FEDARENE’s member regions and energy agencies have been working in this field.

All projects are featured in our 2020 Sustainable Regions in Action brochure published in January 2020.

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