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Testing and demonstrating transformative solutions to protect critical infrastructure from climate change, mainstreaming nature based solutions.


Publication date
10 January 2023
Opening date
Deadline model
Deadline date
20 September 2023, 17:00 (CEST)


Demonstration of climate resilience solutions in support of the implementation of the Adaptation to Climate Change Mission (HORIZON-MISS-2023-CLIMA-01)

In 2023, the Mission will support the development and testing of solutions addressing one or more of the systems identified in the Mission Implementation Plan as key for climate resilience building. It will foster the development of a balanced portfolio of solutions across the different climate risks and the different biogeographical regions, as defined by the European Environment Agency.

Proposals for topics under this Mission should set out a credible pathway to adapting to Climate Change in Europe, and more specifically to all of the following impacts:

  • Accelerate the transformation to a climate resilient future in a number of regions
  • Deploy at full scale the systemic transformations locally needed to build climate resilience, mainstreaming nature-based solutions in the approach.

In the spirit of the Mission Implementation Plan, all proposals should also adopt a participatory approach that takes full consideration of the local dimension of climate change and climate adaptation strategies, and entails collaboration and engagement with the local communities that are affected, in the first place, by climate challenges. Engagement of citizens should be, therefore, foreseen in the design and/or implementation of the solutions, strategies and developments.

Projects results are expected to contribute to all of the following expected outcomes:

  • Regions, local authorities and communities have taken the leadership and have been involved in identifying weaknesses and interlinkages between critical infrastructures, and development and testing of solutions that will make their existing or new critical infrastructure more resilient to climate change, in line with the most recent guidelines for climate proofing.
  • Nature based solutions (with adequate social and environmental standards) protecting infrastructure from adverse effects of climate change have been developed, tested and brought closer to the market, increasing evidence for their viability and business potential. Green, climate neutral and zero pollution technology solutions are broadly supported and opportunities for further inter-sectorial cooperation are fostered.

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