Ecca: 5th European Climate Change Adaptation Conference

22 Jun 2021

Bringing adaptation solutions to life: Inspiring climate adaptation action today for a resilient future. 

The 5th European Climate Change Adaptation Conference (ECCA 2021) takes place from 25 May to 22 June 2021. A series of 9 webinars is organised from 25 May to 10 June, in the run-up to a high-level event on 22 June. This event is hosted by the European Commission, back to back with the annual European Research & Innovation Days (23-24 June).

021 is the year of climate adaptation. ECCA 2021 comes at the right time, after the first global Climate Adaptation Summit in January 2021, and before the COP 26 in Glasgow in November 2021. It will turn the spotlight on the pressing need to accelerate the transfer of knowledge from R&I to policies and practices, including societal transformation and behavioural change, in order to increase resilience in Europe and beyond, in the context of rising climate risks.

Adaptation actions can help boost recovery, resilience, climate change mitigation, biodiversity conservation and restoration, job creation, citizen safety, social inclusion, wellbeing, and financial security. The goal of the conference is to inspire adaptation by showcasing solutions, exchanging knowledge, creating connections, and encouraging dialogue on how to act more and faster at every level. Read more here.

ECCA 2021 is a virtual event; the high-level conference (22 June) will be preceded by a webinar series on pressing climate change adaptation challenges from 25 May to 10 June. 

ECCA 2021 is co-organised by the European CommissionJPI Climate and three Horizon 2020 projects (SINCERECASCADES and RECEIPT).

Expert panel on local adaptation action

On June 22, EIT Climate-KIC CEO Kirsten Dunlop is part of an expert panel discussing implementation strategies for local adaptation action:


  • Andrej Vizjak, Slovenian Minister of Environment (video message)
  • Video Key messages from the spokespersons of the ECCA 2021 webinars (video)

11:20 – 11:50 : Panel 3Implementing local adaptation action

Moderated by Lučka Kajfež Bogataj, University of Ljubljana

  • Elly Schlein, Vice-President of the Region Emilia-Romagna
  • Kirsten Dunlop, CEO of the EIT Climate KIC
  • Arnoud Molenaar, City of Rotterdam, Chief Resilience Officer
  • Gerry O’Connell, Dublin City Council

Master of Ceremony, Katrina Sichel

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