Adapting to climate change means anticipating adverse effects to prevent or minimise damage, or taking advantage of opportunities that may arise. The EU-funded TeRRIFICA project will review the state of the art in climate change adjustment models, policies and strategies. The purpose is to examine approaches to climate action, climate change adaptation and and climate change mitigation in central, south, east and west Europe, in urban and rural areas as well as in EU and non-EU regions. Applying Living Lab strategies, crowd-mapping and co-creation activities, citizens, local authorities and experts will be integrated as partners to develop and coordinate adaptation processes. The key policies of RRI will be considered to address Sustainable Development Goals. TeRRIFICA will set up customised guides and key performance indicators for climate change adjustment exercises.

Launched in January of 2019, and running up until June of 2022, the project will thus create a comprehensive overview on the state of the art of climate change adaptation research, tangible climate action and climate change adaptation examples, related policies as well as communication strategies and methods at different levels of complexity. Through its co-creative multi-stakeholder approaches the project will identify opportunities, drivers and barriers of implementation. It takes into account challenges for the acceptance and feasibility, technological and regulatory constraints in six pilot regions in Spain, Germany, France, Serbia, Poland and Belarus. The selected pilot regions cover the diversity of climate change mitigation approaches in Central– South, East – West, urban – rural, EU – non-EU settings. The project will define and adapt innovative communication strategies, dialogue actions and formats. Through Living Lab methodologies, different stakeholder-groups (with a particular focus on regional authorities and policy makers) will be integrated as co-creating and actively participating partners. This will lead to recommendations, procedures, tools and methodologies that are appropriate to the different roles and objectives of these parties and which will consider the key policies of RRI and integrate Sustainable Development Goals. TeRRIFICA will set up tailored roadmaps and key performance indicators for the implementation of developed methodologies and climate change adaptation activities in regional practice. Customised capacity building for the different stakeholder groups will be offered. Field trips to local and regional promising activities related to research and regional innovation, and broader stakeholder engagement with feedback loops will be organised to learn from these examples of innovation and create input for the next stages of development.

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