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Name of initiative RegionsAdapt
LPAA initiative No
NAZCA Initiative No
Website address
Related initiatives
Starting year 2015
End year
Secretariat The Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development (nrg4SD)

Chaussée d'Alsemberg 999, 1180 Uccle, Belgium Email: Natalia Vera;; Vanessa Pulgarín:; Sara Kupka:; Rodrigo Messias:; Thais Ferraz:

Organisational structure The Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development (nrg4SD) serves as its Secretariat; CDP is an endorsing partner. The initiative is currently organized in six different thematic working groups, on topics identified as crucial by the participant regions. Each group is coordinated by a volunteer region. In addition to the participant governments, each working group will, ideally, comprise a third party acting as a sponsor and/or another one as a technical expert.
Geographical coverage Global
Name of lead organisation nrg4SD
Type of lead organisation NGO/Civil Society
Location/Nationality of lead organisation Belgium


Description The RegionsAdapt initiative was created to establish a framework for regional governments to take concrete action, collaborate and report efforts on climate change adaptation. Driven by the governments of Rio de Janeiro and Catalonia, RegionsAdapt was launched on 3 December 2015, alongside COP21 in Paris. The initiative is open to all governments situated between the local and national level from across the world, regardless of their size or stage of implementation of their climate policy.
Objectives RegionsAdapt’s goal is to inspire and support regional governments to take action, collaborate and report efforts on climate change adaptation.

By participating, state and regional governments commit to adopt a strategic approach to adaptation and prioritize adaptation actions within two years of joining the initiative; take concrete action on adaptation in at least one of the key priority areas identified by the regions; and, report data on the progress of the adaptation actions on an annual basis through the risk and adaptation section of CDP’s states and regions platform. Nevertheless, since the initiative has reached its second anniversary, there are certain regions that have successfully fulfilled those three commitments and are invited to embark on two new phases of renewed engagement.

Activities The RegionsAdapt initiative will support participants to:

Join working groups established around the key priority areas of the initiative, gathering RegionsAdapt signatories upon their interests. Take part on webinars to discuss transversal topics related to climate adaptation open to all member regions, organized together with partners; Feature in networking opportunities organized to foster exchange and help participants to be part of a community of practice; Attend events alongside major conferences to raise awareness about the initiative, its opportunities and the benefits of action; Be involved in Call for Projects in search of technical and financial support; Be included in materials and publications that foster the visibility of participants’ adaptation activities.

By joining the RegionsAdapt initiative, governments also 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; and take part in CDP’s global reporting system and join over 69 states and regions,

One or two success stories achieved

Monitoring and Impacts

Function of initiative Capacity building, Implementation, Technical dialogue, Political dialogue
Activity of initiative Knowledge dissemination and exchange, Goal setting (ex-ante), Awareness raising and outreach, Training and education
Goal setting (ex-ante) — Stakeholders who have committed to the goals
Value (#)2735
Goals As short-time objectives, we encourage regional governments to adopt a strategic approach to adaption and prioritize adaptation actions, take concrete action on adaptation and report data on the progress of the adaptation actions on an annual basis through CDP´s States and Regions reporting platform.

As long-time objective, we aim to gradually broad the scope of the data annually reported on the progress of the adaptation actions through CDP’s States and Regions reporting platform (or other relevant reporting platform as consensually agreed by members) and to publish a report with provided evidence of measures.

Comments on indicators and goals
How will goals be achieved
Have you changed or strenghtened your goals
Progress towards the goals In 2016, 27 regional governments reported their risks and adaptation actions.

In 2017, 35 regional government reported their risks and adaptation actions.

How are you tracking progress of your initiative All regional governments who have signed RegionsAdapt have adhered to 3 commitments:

1) Develop or review a strategy/plan on climate adaptation within 2 years of its adherence; 2) Adopt at least one concrete adaptation action among the 7 key priority areas of the initiative; 3) Report the progress of adaptation actions annually. Therefore, RegionsAdapt targets/quantitative objectives are the number of members who were able to deliver each one of these commitments, as follows: 1) Number of regional governments that developed or reviewed a strategy/plan on climate adaptation within 2 years of its adherence; 2) Number of regional governments that adopted at least one concrete action within two years of its adherence; 3) Number of regional governments that have been reporting regularly. Since RegionsAdapt was launched in December 2015, the first assessment of these 3 indicators will occur in December 2017 for the 27 founding members.

Available reporting RegionsAdapt 2016 Report: An assessment of risks and actions

The “RegionsAdapt 2017 Report: Regions accelerating climate change adaptation”


Participants Number Names
Members 76  
Companies 0
Business organisations 0
Research and educational organisations 0
Non-governmental organisations 0
National states 0
Governmental actors 0
Regional / state / county actors 76 Australian Capital Territory (Australia),  Azuay (Ecuador),  Basque Country (Spain),  British Columbia (Canada),  California (USA),  Catalonia (Spain),  Ceará (Brazil),  Fatick (Senegal),  Goiás (Brazil),  Gossas (Senegal),  Jalisco (Mexico),  KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa),  Lombardia (Italy),  Parana (Brazil),  Prince Edward Island (Canada),  Québec (Canada),  Rio de Janeiro (Brazil),  Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil),  Saint Louis (Senegal),  São Paulo (Brazil),  South Australia (Australia),  Sud-Comoé (Ivory Coast),  Tocantins (Brazil),  Tombouctou (Mali),  Vermont (Canada),  Wales (UK),  Western Province (Sri Lanka)++
City / municipal actors 0
Intergovernmental organisations 0
Financial Institutions 0
Other members 0
Supporting partners 0
Number of members in the years
Have only national states as participators No


Transport Agriculture Forestry Business Financial institutions Buildings Industry Waste Cities and subnational governments Short Term Pollutants International maritime transport Energy Supply Fluorinated gases Energy efficiency Renewable energy Supply chain emission reductions Adaptation Other Resilience Innovation Energy Access and Efficiency Private Finance
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Last update: 11 November 2019 10:26:36

Not only have national states as participators