IFOK supports Commissioner Connie Hedegaard with the launch of the Mayors Adapt Initiative.
On the 19th of March Mayors Adapt, the Covenant of Mayors initiative on adaptation to climate change, was launched by the European Commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard. Set up by the European Commission and implemented by a European consortium including IFOK, the pan-European initiative promotes urban leadership in adaptation to climate change.
Speaking alongside the Commissioner at the invitation-only press conference to launch Mayors Adapt were representatives of European cities keen to show their early commitment to the initiative. Tommaso Sodano, Deputy Mayor of Naples, Italy, Manchester City Council Member and Member of the Committee of the Regions, Neil Swannick, and Joost Venken, Deputy Mayor of Hasselt, Belgium all joined the Commissioner in her support for the new initiative. “Mayors Adapt initiative is a real milestone in making the EU better prepared to face existing and future impacts […] it will bring together mayors from across the continent, taking decisions on the direction of climate change adaptation and engaging on a direct dialogue between the EU and our cities!” Commissioner Hedegaard said at the event.
Mayors Adapt recognises the central role that cities play in taking action on climate change adaptation – given that the impacts will be most keenly felt in cities – and builds on the Commission’s success with the Covenant of Mayors initiative in engaging cities in climate change mitigation. The initiative informs, inspires, supports and showcases cities in taking action and developing adaptation action plans.
The Mayors Adapt initiative is implemented on behalf of the European Commission by a consortium comprised of Climate Alliance, Ecofys, Fresh Thoughts and IFOK. IFOK is responsible for all communications and outreach activities, raising the profile of the initiative through classical communications work, supporting networking through events, and enabling outreach through its online presence, www.mayors-adapt.eu.