Resiliency and adaptation to climate change in regional strategies (2014–2016)

Due to the ongoing climate change, existing mitigation and protective measures exhibit a lack of efficiency. It is necessary to switch to a proactive approach that is based on an analysis of potential vulnerabilities in the region, on the adaptation of the society, and thus on the environment influenced by this society. The main objective of the project is to develop a strategy for the integration of climate change adaptation in the regional development of rural areas and to strengthen resilience. The project is directly linked to national and international strategic documents and will benefit from the synergy of several types of partners. The target groups are rural communities, civil servants and students.

The project encompasses substantive interaction with local stakeholders through seminars in all Czech regions with the aim to debate the concept of resilience and to taking more responsibility for managing the impacts of climate change on the local level. Also included is the development of a mobile exhibition on climate friendly adaptive technologies that will tour the schools as part of a school competition on adaptation.

HiOA is involved in a survey on attitudes towards adaptation and leads the work on applying a modified version of the TranS-domain Technology Evaluation Process (TranSTEP-approach) together with the Local Action Group Opavsko on the work on their regional adaptation plan.

The project is co-ordinated by The Czech Union for Nature Conservation VERONICA. Other members are Local Action Group Opavsko, National Network of Local Action Groups in the Czech Republic, and VŠB – Technical University of Ostrava. The project is funded by Norway Grants.