Main Organisers

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network of more than 1,750 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development. Active in 100+ countries, we influence sustainability policy and drive local action for low emission, nature-based, equitable, resilient and circular development. Our Members and team of experts work together through peer exchange, partnerships and capacity building to create systemic change for urban sustainability.

The European Environment Agency (EEA) provides sound, independent information on the environment for those involved in developing, adopting, implementing and evaluating environmental policy, and the general public. In close collaboration with the European Environmental Information and Observation Network (Eionet) and its 33 member countries, the EEA gathers data and produces assessments on a wide range of topics related to the environment. The EEA supports urban adaptation through participation in the European Urban Resilience Forum, periodical publication of reports and by continuous development of local-level content on the Climate-ADAPT portal, including the Urban Adaptation Support Tool and Urban Adaptation Map Viewer.


The PLAtform for Climate Adaptation and Risk reDuction (PLACARD) seeks to facilitate knowledge and dialogue between the Climate Change Action (CCA) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) communities and continually develop a framework between these networks and stakeholders at the international, European, national and sub-national levels. The PLACARD programme brings together evidence based research, stakeholders, and initiatives into a comprehensive space for dialogue and consultation to facilitate policy-practice agendas and decision-making.

NATure-based URban innoVATION (NATURVATION) is a 4-year project involving 14 institutions across Europe in the fields of urban development, geography, innovation studies and economics. This project creates a step-change in how cities, communities, and stakeholders understand and use nature-based solutions for sustainable urbanisation in order to address pressing urban challenges. NATURVATION has set-up collaborative processes in 6 European cities: The Urban-Regional Innovation Partnerships (URIPs) in order to to examine the challenges, oppurtunities, and policies surronding sustainable city development, and provide an online learning community about the innovative technolgies of nature-based solutions. Naturvation also seeks to develop an Assessment Framework for the effectiveness and implementation of Green Infrastructure and nature-based solutions.

Connecting Nature is a 5-year project that fosters peer-to-peer learning and knowledge-exchange between front runner cities and fast follower cities in order to encourage the innovation and implementation of nature-based solutions throughout Europe, Brazil, China, Korea, and the Caucasus. Connecting Nature seeks to connect knowledge and experiences of nature-based solutions from industries, communities, authorities, NGOs, and research intuitions to provide a framework and awareness of nature-based solutions in urban-settings.




Established in 1958, the European Commission promotes the general interest of the EU by proposing and enforcing legislation as well as by implementing policies and the EU budget. Functions inlcude proposing new laws, managing EU policies, allocating EU funding, enforcing EU laws, and representing the EU internationally.

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is the world’s largest multilateral lender and the biggest provider of climate finance. EIB provides financial support and knowledge for innovative projects, small businesses, infrastructure, and climate projects in order to foster sustainable growth development, and employment throughout Europe.

The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) is the voice of regions and cities in the European Union (EU). It represents local and regional authorities across the European Union and advises on new laws that have an impact on regions and cities (70% of all EU legislation). The CoR works to bring EU citizens closer to the EU. By involving regional and local representatives who are in daily contact with their electorate's concerns, but also by inviting citizens to participate in various events and debates, the CoR contributes to reducing the gap between the EU institutions' work and EU citizens

The ENABLE project aims to advance knowledge of design and implementation of Green and Blue Infrastructure (GBI) to deliver numerous social and environmental benefits, such as social inclusion, health and human wellbeing, storm water retention and habitat functions. The ENABLE project works with cities throughout Europe and North America to test innovative methods and tools of GBI in neighbourhoods and across metropolitan regions while adopting a social and environmental justice perspective and taking into account the perceptions of local stakeholders. ENABLE objectives include advancing knowledge related to GBI, development of an assessment framework and analytical tools for GBI, and mainstreaming GBI solutions in European urban areas. is a part of the Pan-European Urban Climate Service (PUCS) and aims to translate available scientific urban climate data into relevant information for public and private sectors to combat the vulnerability of urban areas to climate change impacts. objectives include developing a flexible and ever evolving network of business partners operating throughout Europe, proposing relevant climate change solutions that account for cities' particular urban physical and socio-economic characteristics, and providing a platform for urban climate data.

Resilient Cities - The Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation - is the global platform for urban resilience and climate change adaptation, hosted every year in Bonn. Started in 2010, more than 500 participants and 30 partners come together every year to build connections between local government leaders, climate adaptation experts, and stakeholders. This year a number of sessions and events on a wide variety of topics including urban risk, resilient urban logistics, financing the resilient city, urban agriculture and food and smart infrastructure will be offered.

The Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy brings together thousands of local governments voluntarily committed to implementing EU climate and energy objectives on their territory. The initiative, supported by the European Commission, now counts 7500+ signatories who pledge to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030 and to adopt an integrated approach to tackling mitigation and adaptation to climate change. Signatories are benefiting from access to guidance and tools as well as from ways to network, exchange experiences and to build capacity through regular events and city twinning activities.

The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action created in 1992. The LIFE Programme is divided into two sub-programmes, one for environment and one for climate action. The climate action sub-programme provides action grants for best practice, pilot and demonstration projects that contribute to increased resilience to climate change, the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the implementation and development of EU policy, information, awareness and dissemination projects on climate matters.

The European Green Capital Award (EGCA) is an initiative of the European Commission to recognize and encourage the development of environmentally friendly urban living in European cities especially at the level of local authorities. Each year one European city is selected that consistently achieves high environmental standards, is committed to ongoing and ambitious goals for environmental and sustainable development, and acts as a role model for other European cities to promote the right of citizens to live in healthy urban environments.

RESCCUE (RESilience to cope with Climate Change in Urban arEas—a multisectorial approach focusing on water) is Europe’s first large-scale innovation and urban resilience project, aimed to improve the capacity of cities to anticipate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from significant multi-hazard threats with minimum damage. The RESCCUE objective is to produce a set of models and tools to analyse urban resilience based on a multisectorial approach that overcomes current difficulties related to lack of information integration of the different urban services.