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Development of the Urban adaptation to climate change plans

Today in the Ministry of Environment, in the presence of Paweł Sałek, the Deputy Minister of Environment, Government Plenipotentiary for climate policy, an agreement for the implementation for the innovative project “Development of Urban Adaptation Plans for cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants in Poland” was signed.

It aims at the analysis of the vulnerability of each city to climate change and planning adaptation measures with respect to the identified hazards. All Urban adaptation plans will be developed in accordance with one methodology.

“Cities are particularly exposed to the influence of climate change. These plans are intended to help protect them and adapt them to changing conditions” – said Deputy Minister Paweł Sałek.

The project will contribute to the improvement of the safety and quality of life of the citizens. It will also support the local authorities in accessing financial resources for the investments. City Adaptation Plans is the first European project of adaptation to climate change on such a scale. It will result in drawing up adaptation plans for 44 partner cities.

See the list of partner cities

“Adaptation to climate change is not a one-time effort, but rather a continuous cycle of preparations, measures and effect evaluation. Climate change is an issue which cannot be left for the next generation” - emphasizes Minister Szyszko.

As part of the project, a large-scale information and educational campaign is planned, aimed at raising citizens’ awareness in the field of climate change and of the need for adaptation to its effects.

 The project is implemented by the leading entities operating in the environmental sector – the consortium comprising: The Institute Of Environmental Protection – National Research Institute, Institute of Meteorology and Water Management, Institute for Ecology of Industrial Areas in Katowice and consulting and engineering company Arcadis.

“The Institute Of Environmental Protection – National Research Institute, which leads the consortium implementing the project, already cooperated with the Ministry of Environment in the field of adaptation to climate change. It has excellent resources and experience to successfully implement the project” – said Szymon Tumielewicz, Deputy Director of the Department of Sustainable Development and International Cooperation in the Ministry of Environment.

The Ministry of Environment, as the project coordinator, will carry out an ongoing monitoring of the implementation process, in order to ensure effective cooperation of the parties as well as high quality of the emerging adaptation plans.

The project will be financed by the European Union, form the resources of the Cohesion Fund, within the Infrastructure and Environment Operational Programme as well as from the national budget resources.

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