Mayors Adapt – Climate change adaptation at city level

Supporting the European Commission DG climate action, a consortium led by Ecofys has developed and launched an initiative for climate change adaptation in European cities. The initiative called “Mayors Adapt” is an EU funded climate change adaptation initiative within the framework of the Covenant of Mayors and aimed at all European cities. As a result of their commitment, local authorities receive tailored support with access to a dedicated Help Desk, information on networking events aiming to promote good practice through peer-to-peer learning, and technical guidance and supporting materials.

The first phase of the project focussed on the strategic design, the launch and accompanying outreach. The consortium held stakeholder workshops, developed the political commitment and a first adaptation knowledge guidance. Liaising with partner initiatives, presentating at events, online communication and a dedicated website continue to raise awareness. The initiative won over 200 signatories to date and thus overachieved the Commission's target. 

The second phase of the project builds upon the work carried out and supports the integration of Mayors Adapt into the EU’s Covenant of Mayors, creating an integrated platform for both mitigation and adaptation under the name Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy.

The consortium led by Ecofys is comprised of the city network Climate Alliance, communications spe-cialists IFOK, adaptation experts Fresh Thoughts, an association of local and regional governments CEMR, and a network of major European cities EUROCITIES.

More about the initiative, supporting materials and webcasts at:

Find a best practice guide on sustainable, climate-resilient and vibrant cities here: Good practices from Covenant of Mayors signatories and a research for the European Commission on knowledge gaps faced by cities on adaptation here: Urban adaptation knowledge gaps in Europe (Executive Summary).

Learn more about the project from Sarah Hendel-Blackford in this short video:

Mayors Adapt (‘The Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy’) from climatemediafactory on Vimeo.

This video is part of the audiovisual platform and has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Program for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration under Grant Agreement No. 308497 (Project RAMSES).  


Sarah Hendel-Blackford
Energy Policies
Caterina Salb
Energy Policies
Kristen Brand
Energy Policies
(c) Mayors Adapt, European Commission