During the meeting, representatives from diverse backgrounds, including local government officials, environmental and energy experts, and community leaders, expressed their shared concerns about the increasing frequency and severity of climate-related events in Central Europe. Heatwaves, floods, and extreme weather events have disrupted communities and economies, emphasising the urgent need for coordinated resilience strategies and actions.
Participants were united in their aspirations for a more sustainable future. They discussed the importance of integrating climate adaptation measures into urban planning, infrastructure development, and public policy. The meeting also highlighted the role of education and public awareness campaigns in promoting sustainable practices.
Key takeaways that emerged
Cross-Border Collaboration: Participants emphasised the necessity of cross-border collaboration to address climate challenges effectively. They pledged to share knowledge, best practices, and resources to develop resilient solutions that transcend national boundaries.
Innovation: The meeting showcased various innovative approaches to be piloted to enhance climate resilience. These included green infrastructure solutions, data-driven adaptation tools, and sustainable water management initiatives.
Community Engagement: The importance of involving local communities in climate resilience efforts was underscored and the need for grassroots initiatives that empower citizens to act and make sustainable choices was highlighted.
Decision-making: Authorities in the region are committed to integrating climate adaptation and mitigation strategies into their development plans, but better collaboration and coordination is needed across sectors and department. This includes for example urban planning, building codes, investing in green transportation, and protecting natural ecosystems.
To further its climate resilience agenda the consortium is committed to working on the following:
Establishing Climate Mission groups in local territories to focus on various climate resilience areas (water management, citizens activation, nature-based solutions).
The development of a centralised knowledge-sharing platform to facilitate the exchange of information and expertise among member countries.
The organisation of regional workshops and training programs to enhance the capacity of local communities to adapt to climate change.
A commitment to monitor and report on progress regularly, with the next consortium meeting scheduled for 11&12 of October 2023.
A Brighter, Resilient Future
The formation of the MISSION CE CLIMATE consortium is a testament to the region’s determination to combat the effects of climate change and build a more sustainable future. By pooling resources, expertise, and innovation, the cooperating Central European countries are taking crucial steps towards creating climate-resilient communities that can thrive in the face of environmental challenges.