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€21 million available for 100 local and regional public authorities advancing climate resilience


17 May 2023


Climate & Environment
A total of €21 million will be awarded across 100 European local and regional governments advancing climate change adaptation and resilience. The newly-minted Horizon Europe 2020 programme Pathways2Resilience (P2R) has launched a Call for Expressions of Interest, marking a first step toward multiple open call cycles through which successful applicants will receive up to €300,000 in sub-grants to develop collaborative climate resilience pathways and help fulfil the EU’s Mission on Adaptation to Climate Change.

With a focus on systemic innovation, the selected 100 regions and communities will be able to expand their portfolio of adaptation activities and enhance local capacity for climate resilience with the input of local stakeholders. P2R will also offer the participants assistance as they examine finance mechanisms. Access to training modules, methods, tools and guidelines will be made available as well.

Potential applicants are invited to participate in the Call for Expressions of Interest, which will help P2R partners - coordinated by Climate-KIC, with support from ICLEI Europe, LGI and ERRIN - gauge adaptation challenges, barriers and needs. Furthermore, applicants are eligible to receive assistance from P2R partners in strengthening their applications via matchmaking activities and facilitated discussions.

According to the Committee of the Regions (2021), approximately 90 percent of climate change adaptation measures are initiated at the local and regional level. P2R puts the EU on track to reach its broader goals on climate adaptation, while backing the local actors and actions that will make this possible.

The Call for Expressions of Interest is open until 15 September 2023 at 18:00 CEST. Local or regional public authorities from EU Member States and Horizon Europe Associated Countries are welcome to apply. The first call for applications is foreseen in late 2023, early 2024.

Interested regions and communities may attend an upcoming information session on 9 June at 10:00 CEST.

About Pathways2Resilience

Pathways2Resilience will empower at least 100 regions and communities to co-design visions of a climate resilient future and corresponding transformative, locally led pathways and innovation agendas that ensure long-term impact through political commitment. Led by Climate KIC, the P2R consortium brings the combined strength of: regional network organisations, technical designers and innovators of transformative adaptation, adaptation finance experts, learning and capability building specialists, and monitoring and innovation impact partner.

About ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network of more than 2,500 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development. Active in 125 countries, we influence sustainability policy and drive local action for low emission, nature-based, equitable, resilient and circular development. ICLEI Europe provides Members in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and West Asia with a voice on European and international stages, a platform to connect with peers and tools to drive positive environmental, economic and social change. ICLEI Europe works closely with an extended network of local and regional governments and partners on a broad range of topics