Building Climate Resilience in European Cities & Regions

Building Climate Resilience in European Cities & Regions



Resilient Cities Network with funding from the Horizon 2020 Framework Program, is embedding resilience-thinking in adaptation actions across cities and regions in Europe though its multi-city and partners program REACHOUT, ARSINOE and REGILIENCE. Through these program, R-Cities is supporting the Mission for Adaptation and equipping cities and regions better in using climate services and identifying innovative solutions to reduce their climate risks while building their overall city resilience.  


Over the last decade, the risk of climate change disasters in all geographic regions of Europe has increased significantly. The frequency and magnitude of heatwaves, flooding and droughts have left the continent vulnerable and at high risk to further shocks and stresses. While the problems are apparent, several regions are underprepared to deal with these risks, due to insufficient technical expertise, tools and tailor-made climate services to build capacity and resilience.


The prime objective of REACHOUT is to bridge the last mile in climate service delivery to better support all European cities in building resilience to climate change by a pragmatic approach that builds upon existing achievements and addresses main barriers for uptake.

In collaboration with 7 City Hubs across Europe namely, Amsterdam, Athens, Milan, Cork, Gdynia, Lillestrom or Logroño, the program will co-develop tailor-made adaptation strategies integrated in climate resilience urban development.

Partners include:

  • Deltares
  • Climate Adaptation Services
  • VU Foundation
  • CMCC Foundation
  • Norwegian Geotechnical Institute
  • Ecologic Institute
  • Tecnalia Research & Innovation
  • University College Cork – National University of Ireland, Cork
  • Sendzimir Foundation
  • Cork City Council
  • City of Athens
  • City of Lillestrom
  • City of Milan
  • City of Logrono
  • City of Gdynia


The program ARSINOE shapes the pathways to resilience by bringing together the Systems Innovation Approach (SIA) and Climate Innovation Window (CIW). Systems Innovation Approach (SIA) addresses the growing complexity, interdependencies and interconnectedness of modern societies and economies, focusing on the functions of the cross sectoral system as a whole and on the variety of actors. The Climate Innovation Window (CIW) is the EU reference innovations marketplace for climate adaptation technologies. This project will be demonstrated in 9 diverse regions in Europe as a proof of concept with regards to its applicability, replicability, potential and efficacy.

In ARSINOE, Resilient Cities Network will work together with the Metropolitan region of Athens and its stakeholders to co-create and co-design innovative pathways to solutions using the above-mentioned approaches. Selected partners in this program are:

  • University of Thessaly
  • University of Tours
  • Technical University of Denmark
  • KWR Water
  • Athens University of Economics and Business – Research Centre
  • City of Athens
  • Athena Research Centre
  • Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy
  • National Environment and Climate Change Agency
  • Spanish National Research Council


REGILIENCE or “Resilience Strategies for Regions” aims to foster the adoption and wide dissemination of regional climate resilience pathways, following a demand-driven approach and bearing in mind the expertise and knowledge acquired, as well as the solutions available from Innovation Packages and other sources. Partners include:

  • Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy
  • ICLEI European Secretariat
  • European Federation of Agencies and Regions for Energy and Environment
  • F6S Network Ireland
  • REGEA – Regional Energy Agency and Knowledge Centre
  • Adelphi Berlin
  • Fresh Thoughts Consulting

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