Across Europe, floods, droughts, and heatwaves will become more frequent, severe and costly.
Short Term Adaptation for Long Term Resilience to Climate Change (STAR2Cs) is working to build resilience that minimises the impacts of risk; takes advantage of opportunities; is flexible to uncertainties and changing circumstances; and provides wider benefit. In this way, no matter what the future looks like, our communities, economies and environment will continue to be great places to work, live and play.
Interreg 2 Seas member states have worked together to co-create the ‘STAR2Cs Solution’ by drawing on our diverse expertise, approaches and local experience in long-term planning.
Our key partners
The STAR2Cs project unites 8 partners across the 2 seas who are working to overcome similar challenges by improving and increasing climate change adaptation.
STAR2Cs’s primary goal is to overcome the ‘implementation gap’ currently faced in delivering local action to build adaptation capacity through three key objectives:
1) Determine cost effective adaptation options by integrating local scenarios with financial, social, technical, and nature-based delivery mechanisms.
Partners developed the ‘Adaptation Catalyst’ e-tool which provides a digital infrastructure for stakeholders to identify and evaluate cost-effective options for adaptation measures tailored to local scenarios, using local data and cost/benefit analysis. Partners have used the tool, and the supporting policy, technical and economic evidence-bases to: evaluate processes and develop strategies, quantify co-benefits, and assess cost effectiveness which has stimulated knowledge exchange across the region.
2) Increase knowledge and ability of stakeholders to apply and adopt the STAR2Cs solution through participative planning and ‘future-proofed’ decision making
Partners developed and delivered a ‘Knowledge and Capability Service’ to increase knowledge, determine business-cases for ‘future-proofed’ actions, and identify cross-sector benefits of adaptation. Partners aimed to engage 1000 stakeholders but reached 2316 to date. This has been through on-line and in person engagements. Website analytics show there have been >2600 visits to project affiliated websites. 92 workshops have been delivered.
3) Demonstrate success, cost-savings, and transferability of implementing adaptation in integrated and incremental actions for wider roll-out
Partners are delivering pilots and developing Implementation Pathways with timed and costed short to medium term plans to establish incremental and integrated actions to increase adaptation capacity in their local areas. The ‘STAR2Cs Solution’ will support organisations to justify investment in real measures, to build adaptation capacity and contribute to a 15% reduction in future costs from climate change.