Co-Adapt: Climate adaptation through co-creation
Priority AxisAdaptation to Climate Change
Adaptation to Climate Change
Lead partnerSomerset County Council
Project budget7 347 117 €
ERDF amount4 408 270 €
- we need to move beyond existing actors and empower stakeholders to take practical action through a more open policy process;
- unsustainable development & land management practices have degraded ecosystems and the natural water management processes, increasing flooding and exacerbating the effects of drought;
- the effects of climate change are very uncertain, yet we need to make adaptation decisions now and need to find flexible, adaptive strategies that do not create high future costs.
New solutions need to be developed and applied to improve resilience. In a context of reduced public financing, better, more robust and cost-effective measures are needed. In response, Co-Adapt’s unique contribution is a strong focus on co-creation of nature based and natural process solutions, in the framework of adaptation pathways – three pillars supporting each other to deliver highly durable results.
Co-Adapt will develop, test and roll-out approaches to co-creation of nature based and natural process solutions to improve adaptive capacity of the 2Seas region to the water-related effects of climate change. The project will develop more open and transparent governance for adaptive water management by embedding co-creation in policy frameworks, especially spatial and water management strategies - leading to greater awareness and stakeholder-led action to improve climate resilience
Co-Adapt will result in increased capacity to adapt to climate change and a region that is more flood & drought resilient. It will directly decrease risk of flood & drought to 30,000ha through co-created NBS, leading to €5.4M of savings from reduced damages, and €5.8M of savings compared to using traditional hard engineering. It will involve 3000 stakeholders in co-creation leading to changed public attitudes to water & climate risks, with 80% of participants feeling involved and supporting NBS measures.
- Guide to the Co-Adapt framework, with tools for co-creation, adaptive pathways and NB&NPS, incl. e-Learning resources to support uptake of the Co-Adapt approach by professionals and organisations responsible for water and spatial management.
- Co-creation approaches to adaptive pathways planning for climate change adaptation developed and tested in 8 regions, engaging stakeholders to demonstrate new, climate-proofed approaches to adaptive water management to at risk communities and land-owners.
- Co-created adaptive water management solutions (nature based and natural process solutions) developed and tested in 8 catchments, demonstrating to all stakeholders how natural flood management measures can deliver cost effective protection.
- A Crossborder strategy incorporating 2Seas vision, and regional transition roadmaps to replicate the Co-Adapt approach for adaptive water management to assist regional/local water and spatial management agencies to replicate and transfer the Co-Adapt approach.
Cross border approach
Cross border cooperation is the only way to deliver the project’s objectives and results. A leader/follower approach will be applied in co-creation (VLM) and spatial integration (PNB). PPs will form joint teams to peer review co-creation and pilot investments, for cross-border added value, and to evaluate them. PPs will jointly plan and prepare project outputs. Exchanges between partners will enable knowledge sharing and build longterm relationships for cross-border collaboration.
In our consortium we have partners with experience in adaptation techniques, stakeholder mobilisation and co-creation of public interventions. By putting these capacities together we create the opportunity to develop, pilot and demonstrate participative climate adaptation actions to increase the adaptation capacity of our partner regions. We can take the best of these differing approaches and skills and develop new hybrid approaches that improve the coordination between strategy and ground-based actions
The adoption of co-creation tools and approaches, including Stakeholder Engagement Plans, has been informed by cross-border learning with project partners, led by the Open University. Partners have worked together to discuss shared audiences, approach to engagement and co-creation, and opportunities to learn from each other’s projects and teams.
On the Somerset Levels, SCC, FWAG SW and SWT worked together to create a selection of communications materials, and build a good reputation by introducing the project to key players such as MPs and councillors, flood management authorities, flood action community groups and local experts. It has begun creating Moorland Association(s), designed to be self-sustaining groups of key landowners. These are grouped together based on topographical and hydrological boundaries.
The National Trust has developed a coherent strategy based around working with natural processes to develop resilience, increase ecosystem function and adaptation to the impacts of climate change. They have worked with key project partners, regional and national stakeholders and the local community to develop a suite of approaches to implement ground breaking projects. There has been excellent media coverage of the beaver release and the First Stage 0 stream restoration project. Site monitoring has also been installed.
Technical work on the Culm Catchment project has progressed significantly, to develop and improve scientific understanding of the catchment, current pressures, and impacts of water-related effects of climate change. This has been in the form of data collection, catchment modelling, surveys and training.
The Province of Antwerp has initiated a steering group for the coordination of the investment at the Laak river, begun the co-creation process, and installed 2 water level measuring systems.
Work in the West Brabant pilot area has started with the joint development of a cooperation plan for all relevant parties in the area (village councils, waterboard, municipality and province).
CPIE / SYMSAGEB have selected their pilot site on the Boulonnais. The first meeting with the citizens was organized the 17th December.
Vlissingen have started co-creation meetings with target groups.
VLM worked together with local bodies (local communities, waterboards, farmers, nature organisations( in 4 regions to develop test or sites. They set up local coalitions which have developed a plan of action and stakeholder engagement plans.