Short Term Adaptation for Long Term Resilience to Climate Change
Priority AxisAdaptation to Climate Change
Adaptation to Climate Change
Lead partnerKent County Council
Project budget4 380 191 €
ERDF amount2 628 115 €
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.
STAR2Cs will overcome the ‘implementation gap’ currently faced in delivering local action to build adaptation capacity by establishing an innovative transferable solution that:
- identifies financial/social/technical/ecosystem-based mechanisms to deliver cost-effective adaptation
- builds stakeholder knowledge/ability to participate in ‘future-proofed’ decision making
- demonstrates success and cost-savings of integrated and incremental actions to implement adaptation for wider roll-out
As a result, implementation of adaption measures will be stimulated across the 2 Seas, leading to a 15% reduction in future costs from flooding evidenced by:
- 30% increase in local actions from 4 national adaptation strategies that are costed, timed and integrated into delivery
- 1000 stakeholders co-creating ‘future-proofed’ actions
- 15% increase in delivery of local adaptation measures
- 24 organisations reducing the impacts of floods by adopting the STAR2Cs solution in decision-making
STARS2Cs will produce an evidence-based, cross-border solution that supports stakeholders to implement adaptation measures, consisting of:
- 1 e-tool (Adaptation Catalyst) to identify and evaluate mechanisms to deliver adaptation tailored to local scenarios
- 1 knowledge and capacity building service increasing stakeholder ability to participate in ‘future-proofed’ decisionmaking
- 8 implementation pathways identifying cost-effective incremental and integrated short-term actions to implement adaptation in 8 pilot areas
- 1 method evaluating the success of STAR2Cs and provides justification and guidance for adopting the STAR2Cs solution
Directly benefiting are practitioners in flood risk management, spatial planning, water management and climate change, as well as local decision makers and planners. It has wider-benefits for national public bodies and agencies and will support politicians and policy makers. Ultimately, it benefits local communities at flood risk across the 2 Seas area.
Cross border approach
Flooding affects the whole of the 2 Seas area resulting in both severe localised and regional impacts. Responding to climate change is a pan-European issue, with traditional and unilateral approaches to flooding risk management unlikely to adequately address future challenges. All Member States are experiencing an ‘implementation gap’ as they struggle to deliver local actions to reduce the future costs of flooding. STAR2Cs partners will work together to overcome these barriers to increasing adaptation capacity by drawing on a diverse range of expertise, approaches and local experience in long-term planning. Through cross-border collaboration and 8 varied pilots, STAR2Cs will establish a solution that is transferable and holistically builds the ability of stakeholders to deliver adaptation measures in the short-term. Each partner will contribute expertise needed to develop, disseminate and embed the STAR2Cs solution into decision-making processes across the 2 Seas region.
STAR2Cs aims to address the implementation gap faced by stakeholders in delivering local action to build adaptation capacity. The project will produce 1 e-tool to identify and evaluate mechanisms to deliver adaptation focused on local scenarios, 1 knowledge and capacity building service increasing stakeholder ability for 'future proofed' decision making, 8 implementation pathways to implement in 8 pilot areas and one case study method evaluating project success
STAR2Cs is progressing well against activity and budget forecasts as set out in the AF. Considerable progress has been made by all partners in year 3 of project delivery, despite challenges arising from the Covid-19 pandemic. The Adaptation Catalyst e-tool (Output 1) has been promoted and used widely among partner organisations and networks. Output 2, the Knowledge and Capability Building Service has been used by partners in their organisation and pilot areas. 3 virtual workshops and PMCs have been held, supporting the successful delivery of transferable outputs and encouraging cross-border cooperation.
In addition to project level progress, in light of difficult circumstances due to Covid-19, PPs have made excellent progress in local delivery of pilot activity. 2 pilots have been delivered in accordance with the AF. LP engaged with groups across Kent and nationally to raise awareness of the project and O1. LP progressed O3.1 by procuring a consultant to assist with delivering the Adaptation Programme, developing a comms plan and conducting a survey
PP2 made progress in the Zwalm, conducting workshops to define actions for the river contract. PP7/PP2 engaged with over 1000 stakeholders via their interactive website tool, 818 stakeholders undertook a flood test on the website and 60 residents subscribed to receive property flood protection.
PP4 completed development of models for 100% of their pilot area and is disseminating results through workshops. PP6 has completed installation of measures at their pilot area and is disseminating results
PP5 ran a climate dialogue, developed a concept for a knowledge base to engage stakeholders on climate adaptation and developed a climate board game that was played at a climate festival. PP5 continued work on the Natura 2000 climate adaptation study and developed a climate exhibition. PP8 continued development of phase 2 of the vision for their pilot area by engaging with stakeholders via workshops and bi lateral meetings and developing cartographic maps