Focus areas

  • Integrated and systemic approach to risk management and resilience building
  • Social climate resilience contract based on social and political commitments to ensure transformation
  • Tailor-made solutions to local and context-specific challenges and climate risks, focused on regions, communities and citizens
  • Close collaboration with and assistance to regions and communities across Europe to design and implement an ambitious transformation agenda
  • Living labs as spaces for deliberation and shared learning, crafting innovations, fostering dialogues and maturing the regulatory frameworks needed for the implementation of emerging solutions

Target groups

  • citizens, communities and regions
  • local administrative units (LAU) and regions (NUTS)
  • civil society organisations, public authorities, business and industry, academia, research and innovation players and other relevant stakeholders

Goal and objectives to be achieved by 2030

Objective 1: Preparing and planning for climate resilience

Target: provide general support to European regions and communities to better understand, prepare for and manage climate risks and opportunities, by providing local and regional administrative units with access to climate risk profiles, enhanced early warning systems, and guidance for the development of comprehensive risk management plans

Objective 2: Accelerating transformations to climate resilience

Target: work with at least 150 regions and communities to accelerate their transformation to a climate resilient future, supporting them in the co-creation of transformative innovation pathways to climate resilience, and in the development and testing of solutions for a safe transformative adaptation

Objective 3: Demonstrating systemic transformations to climate resilience

Target 3: deliver at least 75 large-scale demonstrations of systemic transformations to climate resilience across European regions and communities, by supporting regions and communities across the whole EU

Other non-measurable objectives and wide-reaching impacts that the mission aims to deliver on:

  • Resilience of environmental systems in order to achieve long-term sustainability
  • Resilience of social and economic systems by developing new norms, practices and habits
  • Resilience of political systems fostering societal transformation
  • Supporting adjustments of existing early warning systems
  • Improving availability, accessibility and usability of climate risk knowledge and digital knowledge services
  • Providing access to climate risk assessments

Mission building blocks

Living labs

The mission will support actions of research and innovation for transformation, addressing key community systems which are:

  • Regenerating community and social infrastructure
  • Protecting human health and wellbeing
  • Restoring nature, biodiversity and ecosystems services
  • Rethinking water management
  • Reviving landscapes and sustainable food systems

The mission will also:

  • Facilitate inclusive and deliberative governance processes for just transitions
  • Provide access to data, knowledge, and digital services
  • Strengthen education, communication and a better understanding behavioural change
  • Strengthen sustainable and circular local economies

Mission implementation phases

The mission will include three different phases:

  • build-up (2021-2023), during which the supporting system for the mission will be set up, including the Mission Implementation Platform that will build upon the mission-relevant projects selected for funding under Horizon 2020. During this phase, some 60-100 regions and communities will have started to be fully engaged in the mission;
  • full deployment (2024-2027), during which the mission will make any adjustments resulting from the evaluation, and will activate all other actions to unfold its full potential, further engaging another 100 regions and communities, and starting to provide results and recommendations regarding transformative policies;
  • consolidation (2028-2030), during which the mission will consolidate the results obtained in the first two phases, while executing the projects contracted up to 2027. Beyond supporting the regions and communities, the mission will seek to sustain the momentum and secure their continued engagement on climate resilience.

 The mission will be supported by local governance platforms that should be set up by partner regions and communities. The mission will also provide horizontal support through the deployment of communities of practices. It will provide support across multiple levels of governance and should develop twinning practices for fostering exchanges between advanced and less advances regions and communities.


Funding will be made available from Horizon Europe, and from other public sources (e.g. European, national, regional and local levels of funding) as well as from private investments.

A budget of EUR 368 million is available for the building up phase (2021-2023)

Selection process

Similarly to the Horizon Europe selection process, initiatives to be funded via this mission will be selected based on calls for projects published in Work Programmes.

Supporting documents

Report A Climate Resilient Europe

Implementation Plan

Contact us

The first calls for proposals with topics specifically related to the missions will be published by the end of 2021. Luxembourg organisations interesting in being involved are welcome to contact the Horizon Europe National Contact Point at Luxinnovation for further information, advice and support.