(19 March 2014) – The European Commission today launched ‘Mayors Adapt’, a new initiative that inspires cities to take action to tackle climate change.
Mayors Adapt – the Covenant of Mayors Initiative on Adaptation to Climate Change – has been set up by the European Commission to engage cities in taking action.
Cities signing up to the initiative commit to the overall aim of the EU Adaptation Strategy, to develop local adaptation strategies within the first two years of signing and review the outcomes on a biannual basis.
By joining the Mayors Adapt initiative, participating local authorities will benefit from support for local activities to tackle climate change, a platform for cooperation, and greater public awareness about adaptation and the measures that need to be taken.
The initiative will provide several services:
- a Help Desk to give personalised support to interested and participating cities;
- a website;
- information on networking events aiming to promote best practice sharing and peer-to-peer learning and workshops to discuss proposed local initiatives;
- guidance and materials including factsheets, information on initiatives and more.
Mayors Adapt is being implemented on behalf of the European Commission by a consortium led by Ecofys, comprised of Climate Alliance, Fresh Thoughts and IFOK GmbH.