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Short Term Adaptation for Long Term Resilience to Climate Change

Priority Axis

Adaptation to Climate Change

Specific objective

Adaptation to Climate Change

England

Kent County Council

Lead partner

address

lower boxley road
maidstone
United Kingdom

Project budget

4 380 191

ERDF amount

2 628 115

ERDF rate

60%

Start date

13/07/2017

End date

28/02/2021

Common challenge

With climate change, flooding will likely become more frequent and severe with damages in Europe reaching €23.5bn by 2050. Given floods are already costly to 2 Seas area, there is clear need to take proactive action to reduce the impacts of future flooding on our ecosystems, communities and economies. Member States have developed national adaptation strategies identifying such action. However, local authorities and regional agencies tasked with implement them are finding it challenging to deliver tangible adaptation measures. This difficulty is driven by a systemic failure to engage local stakeholders responsible for planning and decision making with adaptation due to several barriers including lack of: understanding of long-term costs/benefits, relevant tools and capabilities to support decision making and funding for perceived ‘future’ investments. Thus, there is little appetite or ability to deliver local adaptation, creating an ‘implementation gap’ between strategy and real change.

Partners

Belgium/Flanders

Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen

Belgium/Flanders

Waterwegen en Zeekanaal NV (W&Z)

Netherlands

Hoogheemraadschap Hollands Noorderkwartier (HHNK)

Netherlands

Gemeente Schouwen-Duiveland

Netherlands

Gemeente Capelle aan den IJssel

Belgium/Flanders

Vlaamse Milieumaatschappij

France

Agence d’Urbanisme et de Développement des Vallées de l’Oise – Oise-les-Vallées (OLV)

Observers

England

Environment Agency

France

Syndicat Mixte Baie de Somme – Grand Littoral Picard (SMBS-GLP)

Netherlands

Provincie Zuid-Holland

Belgium/Flanders

Vlaamse overheid

England

Essex County Council