What is RegionsAdapt?
RegionsAdapt is the first global initiative for regional governments to take concrete actions, cooperate and report efforts in climate adaptation. It is led by the Network of Regional Government for Sustainable (nrg4SD).
What is the background of RegionsAdapt?
 RegionsAdapt was launched on 3 December 2015, alongside COP 21 in Paris, thanks to the initiation of the Governments of Catalonia and Rio de Janeiro. The Declaration of Adhesion of the initiative was signed by 27 regional governments and since then grew to almost 70 signatory regional governments and associations of regions on five continents. Nowadays, it counts with the support of nrg4SD as its Secretariat and of CDP as its endorsing partner.
What is nrg4SD?
The nrg4SD (Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development) is a network of subnational governments that shares common interests in climate change, biodiversity and sustainable development. In the area of climate change, nrg4SD acts as the Secretariat to the RegionsAdapt.

Please find more information on the nrg4SD here.

Who can join RegionsAdapt?
RegionsAdapt is open to all governments placed between the local and the national level from across the world, regardless of their size or the stage of implementation of their climate policy. In addition to regional governments, the initiative also welcomes technical partners (e.g. international organizations, networks, academic institutions and NGOs) and financial supporters (international and national funds, development banks, financial institutions, private sector, among others).
Why is this initiative focused on regional governments?
Regional Governments have a critical role to play in addressing climate change and ensuring concrete results of adaptation actions since they usually have authority over key aspects of climate policy, including energy, transportation, and the build environment. Furthermore, they play a fundamental coordination and cooperation across all levels of government and they are in their capacities to [politically and technically] commit to certain objectives.
Why should my Regional Government join RegionsAdapt

By joining the RegionsAdapt initiative, governments:

  • Join an ambitious global group of subnational governments who are pioneer in climate change adaptation;
  • Have a platform to showcase their regional actions on adaptation;
  • Establish an extensive communication with other governments, offering and learning best practices;
  • Become part of a global, standardized reporting system;
  • Take part in CDP’s global reporting system and join over 6,300 companies, 500 cities, and 100 states and regions that already measure, manage and report their vital environmental information.
By joining RegionsAdapt, what do regional governments commit to?
The participation in RegionsAdapt consists of different rounds of 2-year commitments in order to increase ambition and leverage visibility of actions. Please find more about these commitments here:
What are the services my Regional Government will have by joining RegionsAdapt?
RegionsAdapt provides different resources and opportunities to participants, including:

  • The RegionsAdapt Secretariat, which offers support to interested and participating governments in English, Spanish and French;
  • Working Groups established around the key priority areas of the initiative, gathering RegionsAdapt signatories upon their interests;
  • Webinars to discuss topics of interest of all participants organised together with partners;
  • Networking opportunities organised to foster exchange and help participants to be part of a community of practice;
  • Workshops and events alongside major conferences to raise awareness about the initiative, its opportunities and the benefits of action;
  • Call for Projects for RegionsAdapt participants who are also nrg4SD members;
  • Materials and publications foster the visibility of participants’ adaptation activities.
Are there any membership fees required to join RegionsAdapt?
No. However, RegionsAdapt is open to voluntary contributions from its members and in ongoing search for new financial and/or technical sponsors supporting specific projects within RegionsAdapt.
What are the main aims of the initiative?
The RegionsAdapt initiative seeks to inspire and support regional governments to take action, collaborate and report efforts on climate change adaptation.

More specifically, RegionsAdapt is a platform for:

  • Tracking regional adaptation plans and strategies across the world;
  • Promoting the acceleration of the adoption or revision of regional climate adaptation plans and strategies;
  • Promoting concrete actions on adaptation;
  • Regions to cooperate and share best practices within their different capacities and experiences on climate adaptation;
  • Reporting and monitoring adaptation processes, actions and their outcomes.
What are the priority areas included in the initiative?
The seven priority areas included in the initiative, as agreed by its founding members, are the following:

  • Water Resources and Management;
  • Resilience and Disaster Risk Reduction;
  • Agriculture and Zootechnics;
  • Forestry, Protected Areas and Biodiversity;
  • Infrastructure (including Transport and the Energy Sectors) and Territorial Planning;
  • Economic Impacts and Opportunities;
  • Social Adaptation and Impacts.
Do members need to get involved with all priority areas once joining the initiative?
No. Members commit to take concrete action on adaptation in at least one of the key priority areas, but not necessarily all of them. Likewise, members are invited to nominate representatives to join Working Groups related to these priority areas, upon their expressed interests, in order to exchange information, cooperate and explore possibilities in carrying out joint projects. The participation in these Working Groups is strongly encouraged but not compulsory, and there is no limitation for the number of Working Groups that each regional government can participate.
What is the working language in RegionsAdapt´s Working Groups?
English is the working language in RegionsAdapt´s Working Groups. If needed, the Secretariat can support participants, upon requirement, with consecutive translation into Spanish, and French.
Is RegionsAdapt exclusive to nrg4SD´s members?
No, but signatories of RegionsAdapt who are also members of the Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development (nrg4SD) have additional advantages. E.g. of being eligible to participate in call for projects that the Network promotes and being part of an internationally well recognized network among UN Agencies and Research Institutions.
Are there already other synergies working with RegionsAdapt?
Yes. The two flagship initiatives of nrg4SD, RegionsAdapt and the Regions for Biodiversity Platform (R4BLP) are exploring synergies in overlapping areas of interest.

In addition, RegionsAdapt works closely with UN bodies and other key partners to ensure synergies with other initiatives, particularly:

  • Marrakech Partnership on Global Climate Action: The RegionsAdapt is actively involved in the Partnership and part of the Human Settlements Content Group;
  • Nairobi Work Programme: nrg4SD as the Secretariat to the RegionsAdapt is one of the partner organisations of the NWP, supporting it in producing and disseminating information and knowledge on adaptation to climate change;
  • Local Government and Municipal Authority Constituency: nrg4SD as the Secretariat to the RegionsAdapt is part of the LGMA Constituency to the UNFCCC, aligning forces with other city and region networks accredited to the UNFCCC;
  • UNFCCC NAZCA portal: RegionsAdapt is working on ensuring that relevant data collected on state and regional government climate action is fed into the NAZCA portal (Non-state Actor Zone for Climate Action).
I’m interested. Who should I contact with?
Please contact us at regionsadapt@nrg4sd.org.

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