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.
The STAR2Cs Project 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 the success of STAR2Cs.
STAR2Cs is progressing well against activity and budget forecasts as set out in the AF. Considerable progress has been made by all partners in the second year of project delivery. Two project outputs have been delivered in accordance with the AF. Building from partner experience, expertise and input, the Adaptation Catalyst e-tool (Output 1), has been delivered by LP and Deltares and has been tested and promoted widely among partner organisations and networks. Output 2, the Knowledge and Capability Building Service has been delivered by PP2 and tested and implemented by partners in their organisation and pilot areas. 3 Cross border workshops and PMCs have been held, supporting the successful delivery of transferable outputs and encouraging cross-border cooperation. In order to better measure STAR2Cs’ impact and results, LP has produced a baseline survey (completed by partners) and analysed the findings into a report with baseline figures on the current state of adaptation implementation across the 2 Seas area. In addition to project level progress, PPs have made excellent progress in local delivery of pilot activity in 2019. LP engaged groups across the Council and Kent to raise awareness of the project and O1. PP2 made significant progress in three pilot areas, delivering two final reports. PP4 has completed data validation and measures analysis for 80% of their pilot areas. PP5 has developed their understanding of local issues and commenced redevelopment work. PP6 is working with consultants to develop a climate dialogue, knowledge base and engage stakeholders on climate adaptation. PP7 and PP2 have developed and signed a river charter for the Zwalm and are engaging residents. PP8 has developed a card game to facilitate engagement with residents on climate change and is developing a vision for their pilot area.