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 City of Malmö, in the southernmost province of Scania, is Sweden's third largest city. The City of Malmö will be climate neutral by 2020. By 2030, the whole municipality will run on 100% renewable energy. Ecological and ethically certified products are the first hand choice in all purchases. The global goals for sustainable development of the UN have been adopted as local goals. Malmö is the first city in Sweden to sign up to The Shift, a global UN initiative calling for housing to be seen as a human right instead of a commodity.


The Oasis Innovation Hub for Catastrophe and Climate Extremes Risk Assessment (H2020_Insurance) project operationalises a system, called the Oasis Loss Modelling Framework (Oasis LMF), that combines climate services with damage and loss information and provides a standardised risk assessment process that can: 1) assess potential losses, 2) areas at most risk 3) and quantify financial losses of modelled scenarios. The project is proving the Oasis LMF system through undertaking a range of demonstrators linked and co-designed to ‘real’ situations and end-user communities in the insurance, municipalities and business sectors.

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.

The CLEVER Cities project uses nature-based solutions to address urban challenges and promote social inclusion in cities across Europe, South America and China. Funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Innovation Action Programme, CLEVER Cities fosters knowledge exchange, inclusive collaboration and multi-disciplinary learning to deliver tangible social, environmental and economic improvements at the local level while also helping cities to contribute to international sustainability goals.

ARCH is a European-funded research project that aims to better preserve areas of cultural heritage from hazards and risks. The ARCH team with the cities of Bratislava, Camerino, Hamburg and Valencia will co-create tools that will help cities save cultural heritage from the effects of climate change. ARCH will develop a disaster risk management framework for assessing and improving the resilience of historic areas to climate change and natural hazards.




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 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 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 Nature Conservancy is a global environmental nonprofit working to create a world where people and nature can thrive. Founded at its grassroots in the United States in 1951, The Nature Conservancy has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than a million members and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff and more than 400 scientists, we impact conservation in 79 countries and territories across six continents.

REGREEN will substantially improve the evidence and tools for supporting co-creation of nature-based solutions (NBS) in urban settings, implementation of decision support systems for planning and governance, and development of business models for realising spatially relevant NBS, that provide multiple ecosystem services and wellbeing. REGREEN works through Urban Living Labs (ULLs) as the central elements of the project, where co-creation of knowledge involves local citizens, schools, businesses, organisations and public administrations enabling new forms of urban innovation.

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

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The Global Resilient Cities Network (GRCN) is a city-led organization that is driving urban resilience action to protect vulnerable communities from climate change and other physical, social and economic urban adversities and challenges. With support from The Rockefeller Foundation and other funding strategic partners, the Network aims to continue supporting cities and their Chief Resilience Officers in future-proofing their communities and critical infrastructure with a unique reach, strength and legacy to understand and support the challenges of the ever-growing urban society.

The Nordic Urban Resilience Institute (NURI) is a knowledge hub on urban resilience, which offers a comprehensive experience in the field of resilience and a worldwide network of the area’s most important experts. NURI offers different activities such as projects, international conferences, workshops and trainings, and is the facilitator of the Resilient Regions Association, a neutral platform for collaboration between academia, public-and private sector.

Birgit Georgi is a consultancy company, led by landscape architect Birgit Georgi, which works both at national and international level on adaptation to climate change together with various stakeholders ranging from local, regional and national institutions, European and international city networks, EU, WHO, UNECE,  UN and the ADB.