Budget: € 1,752,258

Duration: January 2010 – November2012

Description: The ACT project originated from the need to create a model to help Municipalities develop a local strategy of adaptation that considers environmental, social and economic changes. The project stemmed from a study of existing models, forecast scenarios and experiences of local adaptation plans made at the international level. This was followed by an analysis of the local context, the definition of a common methodology for local impacts assessment and adaptation plans of the three cities involved: Ancona, Bullas and Patras. The evaluation of the results achieved led to the creation of Guidelines to be promoted and implemented by other local authorities.
The Guidelines of the ACT project were developed by ISPRA – Institute for the Protection and Environmental Research – in collaboration with all ACT partners. Their aim is to provide practical and operational support to public administrations interested in starting a process of adaptation to climate change. In particular, they focus on locations of the Mediterranean basin that have similar hydro-geological characteristics and vulnerability. The Guidelines have been developed on the assumption that every city, every territory, has its own peculiarities and therefore it is not possible to define the actions that apply to everyone. The document intends to provide the basic theoretical concepts of the key issues of climate change adaptation, a model that tracks the phases and elements to be analysed and considered in approaching the problem, accompanied by practical examples of experiences gained during the ACT project. The structure of the Guidelines, represented by the graph below, considers the main common elements of the cycle of adaptation policies, with particular attention to the Adaptation Support Tool of the Climate-ADAPT Platform.

Area Europa’s Role: Area Europa assisted the project’s coordinator in the administrative (preparation of amendments, minutes of the project’s meetings, manage request for information coming from partners, collect and collate information for periodic and final reports), financial (budgeting, financial reporting collection, EC funding calculation and update) and technical (follow-up project’s plan and tracking progress against Gantt Chart) management of the project.

Programme: LIFE EU

Areas: Environment and Climate change

Services: Project Management

Partners: Municipality of Ancona (Italy), Municipality of Patras (Greece), Municipality of Bullas (Spain), Forum of Adriatic and Ionian Cities – FAIC (Greece), Institute for the Protection and Environmental Research – ISPRA (Italy)