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EU Mission: Adaptation to Climate Change

Information on the EU Mission, how it will be implemented, the Mission Boards, meetings, news, events and more.

What is the Mission?

The Mission on Adaptation to Climate Change focuses on supporting EU regions, cities and local authorities in their efforts to build resilience against the impacts of climate change.

The Mission contributes to putting the EU’s adaptation strategy in practice by helping the regions to

  • better understand the climate risks they are and will be confronted with in the future
  • develop their pathways to be better prepared and cope with the changing climate
  • test and deploy on the ground innovative solutions needed to build resilience

The Mission’s objective is to accompany by 2030 at least 150 European regions and communities towards climate resilience.

Why this Mission?

Climate change affects regions, sectors of the economy and members of society in many ways, and EU regions and cities have different climate vulnerabilities and levels of preparedness.

Adapting to climate change means taking action to prepare for and adjust to both the current effects of climate change and the predicted impacts of the future.

Despite all continuing efforts to reduce emissions and to achieve carbon neutrality, a warmer climate can't be avoided anymore and we need to be better prepared to cope with the inevitable effects of climate change, adapting our way of living. We must step up action both to cut emissions and to build our resilience.

The Mission will also help deliver the European Green Deal.

On 12 March 2024, the Commission published a Communication on Managing Climate Risks, which sets out how the EU can effectively get ahead of the growing climate-related risks and build greater resilience to the impacts of climate change. The Communication is a response to the findings highlighted by the European Climate Risk Assessment (EUCRA), which provides the latest analysis of how changing temperatures will affect Europe. Fast development, test and deployment of actionable solutions is needed in a changing environment.

The Communication highlights that the EU Mission on Adaptation to Climate Change serves as best practice for all interested parties and will be further leveraged to respond to Europe’s climate risks. It also acknowledges the role of R&I to provide us with knowledge and solutions to the greatest challenges ahead.

Who's it for?

EU countries, regions and cities have an essential role to play in implementing the Mission as they are key agents of change in deploying new technologies and experimenting innovative solutions that address regional and local needs. The Mission aims to get a wide range of regions and communities on board and assist them, alongside their national adaptation strategy, on their specific journey, whether they are just starting out or are already taking steps towards adaptation to climate risks.

Regional and local authorities that share the ambitions of the Mission have manifested their interest to sign the Mission Charter and join the Mission. They declared their willingness to cooperate, mobilise resources and develop activities in their respective region and communities to reach their adaptation goals.

Other entities, such as research institutions or businesses were invited to endorse the Charter and join the Mission’s community of organisations working together towards climate resilience as Friends of the Mission.

The total number of signatories to the Mission Charter now stands at 308 from 25 EU countries, with 17 more parties coming from countries associated or potentially associated with Horizon Europe, the EU's research and innovation programme.

Mission Portal

The EU Mission on Adaptation to Climate Change’s online Portal is a hub for European regional and local authorities preparing and planning their adaptation pathways to climate resilience. The Portal provides:

  • Background information on the Mission
  • Knowledge, data and tools to support regions and local authorities in their adaptation journey.
  • EU Mission Solutions that showcase best practices and examples of effective climate adaptation action.
  • News and events relevant to the Mission and climate adaptation and resilience.
  • A gateway to the Mission’s EU Adaptation Community of Practice.

Visit the Mission portal

Funding Opportunities

On 17 April 2024, the Commission adopted an amendment to the 2023-24 Work Programme of Horizon Europe to mobilise previously unallocated Horizon Europe funding to increase the 2024 budget by nearly €1.4 billion to a total of €7.3 billion. This amendment includes an investment of nearly €650 million in the EU Missions to enable the implementation of the Communication “EU Missions two years on: assessment of progress and way forward”, adopted on 19 July 2023.

Under the Mission on Adaptation to Climate Change, new opportunities to support your ideas on adaptation to climate change are now published on the Funding and Tenders Portal, under the Horizon Europe Work Programme 2023-2024 with closing date of 18 September 2024.

The following calls are available

  • HORIZON-MISS-2024-CLIMA-01-01​ : Bringing available and actionable solutions for climate adaptation to the knowledge of the regions and local authorities​
  • HORIZON-MISS-2024-CLIMA-01-02​ : Bringing together the national level with the engaged regional and local levels (multi-level governance)​
  • HORIZON-MISS-2024-CLIMA-01-03​ : Develop and refine outcome indicators to measure progress on climate resilience at national, regional and local levels, including knowledge and feedback developed from the Mission
  • HORIZON-MISS-2024-CLIMA-01-04Research the complex interplay between the climate and biodiversity crises towards more systemic approaches and solutions ​
  • HORIZON-MISS-2024-CLIMA-01-05​ : Improve design for transformative approaches and build local capacity for implementation of available solutions focused on climate adaptation​
  • HORIZON-MISS-2024-CLIMA-01-06: Demonstration of approaches to improve bankability of solutions by design, addressing the co-benefits (mitigation and adaptation) to improve revenues streams​
  • HORIZON-MISS-2024-CLIMA-01-07​ : Demonstration of solutions specifically suited to rural areas and small/ medium size population local communities​
  • HORIZON-MISS-2024-CLIMA-01-08​ : Demonstration of approaches by regions and local authorities focused on increasing climate resilience of the most vulnerable social groups (just climate resilience)​
  • HORIZON-MISS-2024-CLIMA-01-09​ : Systemic and cross-sectoral solutions for climate resilience, tailored to the local needs of regions and local authorities​.

What are the EU Missions?

The 5 EU Missions launched by the European Commission last September aim to deliver concrete solutions to big societal challenges by putting research and innovation into a new role, combined with new forms of governance and collaboration, as well as by engaging citizens.

From beating cancer to protecting our oceans, the Missions address issues that really matter for ordinary citizens. They are grounded on the idea that complex societal challenges require coordinated and interdisciplinary efforts across Europe. They have a clear goal and a well-defined timeframe to help deliver concrete results with broad impact.


For questions or enquiries please contact us at:

EU-CLIMATE-ADAPTATION-MISSIONatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (EU-CLIMATE-ADAPTATION-MISSION[at]ec[dot]europa[dot]eu)

Mission Newsletter

Keep up to date with the latest activities from the Mission Adaptation, the Mission projects and the most recent developments in climate adaption and the transition to a climate-resilient society by subscribing to the monthly Mission Newsletter.

Past editions of the newsletter


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Report25 June 2024
EU Missions to address climate change in cities and regions

This brochure showcases 14 European funded Mission projects that show the collaborative spirit, innovation and commitment required to address the pressing issues of climate change.

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Annual activity report22 May 2024
EU Missions: Adaptation to climate change - Activity report

The Activity Report presents the achievements of the Mission on Adaptation to Climate Change over the last year. Explore the support provided to regional and local authorities in preparing and planning for climate resilience, and the solutions developed by projects under the Mission.


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