CORDIS - Forschungsergebnisse der EU



Berichtszeitraum: 2021-10-01 bis 2023-03-31

The European Commission’s European Green Deal Communication states that a fundamental transformation of Europe’s economies and societies is needed to confront the climate crisis and provide greater protection for the continent’s unique environment and biodiversity. In this regards, the enhanced adaptation and resilience to climate change impacts is a key priority of the EU Adaptation Strategy. Negative effects of climate change are already evident on the economy, the society, the environment and the citizens’ wellbeing. The EU Green Deal aims to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 and calls for urgent measures to adapt to climate changes. Changes are needed in processes, practices, and structures to prevent risks and minimize damages. To facilitate the transition the European Commission has created a roadmap for national adaptation strategies, mobilization of regions, and financing solutions. However, bridging the gap between proven adaptation solutions and the necessary changes is a challenge. Societal consensus is crucial to avoid conflicting climate adaptation measures and economic recovery, requiring social participation and region-specific strategies. IMPETUS aims to develop and validate a comprehensive climate change adaptation framework to accelerate the transition to a climate-neutral and sustainable economy. This framework empowers citizens and societal actors to co-design adaptation packages and implementation pathways. It will generate Innovation Packages that integrate various components, including methodology, technology, governance, awareness, behaviour, economics, finance, and pathways. The strength of the IMPETUS conceptual framework lies in its foundation on knowledge, co-design with stakeholders, scalability, and cost-effectiveness. The Resilience Knowledge Boosters (RKBs) serve as spaces for stakeholders to co-create, demonstrate, monitor, and assess climate adaptation pathways. IMPETUS will demonstrate innovative technical, nature-based, governance, financing, and public engagement solutions in seven EU regions affected by different climate change impacts. The project will continue beyond the funding period through interconnected RKBs and communities, fostering a robust co-creation and stakeholder engagement process. The project addresses diverse objectives aligned with the expected impacts and SDGs 1) To identify, gather, and scale up real-time/territorial data, knowledge, and technical/ecological/socio-economical innovations; with the final aim to deploy and upscale ad-hoc solutions addressing regional needs aided by resilient adaptation pathways based on already stablished knowledge and strategies as well as validated technologies. 2) To boost alliance and coalitions with relevant Quintuple Helix stakeholders to co-create these resilient Innovation Packages and Dynamic Adaptation Pathways, using existing knowledge and clear financing and governance schemes in the scope of IMPETUS RKBs as demonstrators guiding its future adoption in other areas 3) to co-create with stakeholders climate change open data spaces by combining digital capabilities from RKBs to promote and accelerate societal transformation, enhancing knowledge-sharing and raising awareness about climate change.
To date IMPETUS has been focusing on:
- Developing tools and aiding Demo Sites (DS) for the for planning, organising, monitoring and evaluating their SH engagement activities (D1.1) and generating a list of multi-level governance barriers to IMPETUS solutions implementation to be discussed with SHs (D1.3)
- Conceptualization and definition of a data architecture for the digital dimension of RKBs. In particular D2.1 has provided an initial concept together with mock-ups of the user interface. Then, a demo instance of a context broker, aiming to manage any input dataset in RKBs, is also available and explained in D2.2
- Identification of potential climatic-related datasets of interest for DSs
- Development of a set of indicators and metrics supporting strategic decision making by assessing climate vulnerability and adaptation of solutions as well as the deployment of a tool for the identification of hot spots in Europe.
- Assessment on baseline conditions and initial development of a total of 33 nature based and technological solutions as well as innovative participatory approaches and financing, insurance and governance models to be validated in specific regions
- Coordination and alignment of project partners to design the framework to develop adaptation pathways and innovation packages at each DS.
- Providing initial guidelines for the identification of decision makers(D6.1) and of innovative investors(D6.2) interested on IMPETUS results, together with the evaluation of their potential exploitation plans (D6.3)
- Positioning IMPETUS in the EU policy and projects ecosystem around climate change adaptation, providing communication guidelines to engage SH and dissemination activities on the partners and project website, articles on media, videos and social networks.
- Providing a methodology for an Agile project implementation allowing adaptative strategies to project requirements when needed.
At this stage, although it is early in the project, some impact are already identified and some are foreseen in terms of technology, know-how and market.
At the time of writing the document 32 results were identified in multiple fields: new concepts as RKBs and all functionalities for their digital and human dimensions, improved methodologies around stakeholder engagement, new nature based solutions like constructed wetlands or dune restoration solutions, new infrastructures for water reusage like sewer mining, new methodologies for the definition and implementation of adaptation pathways and innovation packages, new methodologies for decisioning and policy making, new frameworks for resilience assessment, new ICT tools for identification of climate change hot-spots, monitoring of biodiversity, water balance models, flooding and heat wave risk assessment or digital twins. They are identified in D6.3
RKB planning at General Assembly 2 in Oct 2022
Explanation by partner UDG of dune restoration
Illustration for DS Continental stakeholders
MOOC Workshop at General Assembly 2 in Oct 2022