RegionAdapt Annual Report

RegionAdapt is the first global initiative for regional governments to take concrete action, cooperate and report efforts on climate adaptation.

An initiative of nrg4SD

Overview of the project

The first global initiative for regional governments to take concrete action, cooperate and report efforts on climate adaptation.


Driven by the governments of Rio de Janeiro and Catalonia, RegionsAdapt was launched on 3 December 2015, alongside COP 21 in Paris. It is open to all governments situated between the local and national level from across the world, regardless of their size or stage of implementation of their climate policy.

Since its launch, the initiative grew from its 27 founding members to almost 70 signatory participants, which represent a combined population of more than 295 million inhabitants from 26 countries on 5 continents.

The RegionsAdapt initiative is a global framework to inspire and support regional governments to take concrete action, collaborate and report efforts on climate change adaptation. With their participation regional governments join an ambitious group of governments pioneering in climate change adaptation, having the opportunity for extensive communication with other governments and thereby learning best practices and share solutions to certain challenges.

More specifically, RegionsAdapt is a platform for:

  • Tracking regional adaptation plans and strategies across the world;
  • Promoting the acceleration of the adoption or revision of regional climate adaptation plans and strategies;
  • Promoting concrete actions on adaptation;
  • Regions to cooperate and share best practices within their different capacities and experiences on climate adaptation;
  • Reporting and monitoring adaptation processes, actions and their outcomes;
  • Fostering visibility opportunities through dedicated materials, publications and events.


The initiative has seven thematic areas:

  1. Water Resources and Management;
  2. Resilience and Disaster Risk Reduction;
  3. Agriculture and Zootechnics;
  4. Forestry, Protected Areas and Biodiversity;
  5. Infrastructure and Territorial Planning;
  6. Economic Impacts and Opportunities; and
  7. Social Impacts and Adaptation.

To inspire and support subnational governments to take concrete action, collaborate and report on climate adaptation.

Level of progress

Networking, internationalisation

Project timeline

Since December 2015

Quantitative results
  • 2 annual reports published
  • 7 working groups
  • Over 120 best practices exchanged between members 35 regional governments reporting through CDP´s states and regions platform in 2017.
  • Their combined population accounts for more than 234 million inhabitants.
  • 24 regions reported that they have an adaptation plan.
  • 191 adaptation actions are being put in place to reduce the vulnerability of citizens, businesses and infrastructure to the identified impacts of climate change.
  • 77% disclosing governments foresee substantive risks to their region’s water supply.
  • 88% disclosing governments acknowledge their region faces social risks as a result of climate change.
  • 69% disclosing governments have undertaken a climate change risk or vulnerability assessment; and an additional 11% of them reported to be in progress of accomplishing it.
  • 68% disclosing governments have a plan that addresses climate change adaptation.
Qualitative results

RegionsAdapt has been the thematic of multiple side-events that nrg4SD and its members held at major conferences – such as COP22, COP23, and the ICSD 2017, among others.

Moreover, RegionsAdapt has also been included in many global coalitions, such as the Marrakech Partnership on Global Climate Action (MP-GCA) of the UNFCCC, the UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform, and the Climate Initiatives Platform of the UNEP DTU Partnership, and counted on the dissemination efforts of organizations like ORU-Fogar.

In addition, the initiative provided inputs from the perspective of regional governments to the UNFCCC on several occasions, especially through the Nairobi Work Programme and the Yearbook of the MP-GCA, as well as through other several direct submissions to the UNFCCC.


Contributions of nrg4SD's members

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Vanessa Pulgarin
Project manager

The nrg4SD (Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development) is a network of subnational governments that shares common interests in climate change, biodiversity and sustainable development.

It was established in 2002, at the World Summit in Johannesburg, and today has over 50 members from 26 countries in 4 continents. The nrg4SD is the only international network on sustainable development matters representing solely subnational governments.

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  • CDP

    Non-governmental organisation

    Shirin Reuvers