Until 6 September 2021, municipalities with a population of 60,000 inhabitants or more will be able to access funding made available by the Italian Ministry of Ecological Transition (MiTE) for the implementation of interventions aimed at increasing the resilience of their settlement systems. The experimental programme for the Emilia-Romagna Region has pre-allocated resources of € 9.5 million. For the Municipality of Bologna is planned up to € 1.8 million.
The project application forms must indicate:
- an overall presentation of the project actions (e.g. description of the context and sectors concerned such as construction, infrastructure and transport, energy, water, agriculture, health, forestry, biodiversity, etc.);
- an indication of the risks from climate change (specifying which vulnerable groups, such as the elderly, children or the chronically ill, are most exposed to these risks) for which adaptation and mitigation actions are intended to be carried out (e.g. urban heat waves/heat islands, extreme rainfall and/or drought phenomena);
- existing planning instruments related to climate adaptation (e.g. Territorial Plans, Sustainable Energy Action Plan, etc.) that will work in synergy with funded actions;
In order to monitor the progress and effectiveness of the actions to be financed, a description of their cost-benefit ratio (paying particular attention to the 'secondary' environmental, social and economic co-benefits) and the indicators that will be used are requested in the application form (e.g. % urban forestation carried out as a function of total area considered; number of gardens created and restoration of soil permeability; etc. Moreover, with regard to environmental effectiveness, e.g.: the decrease in the heat island effect; the decrease in energy demand in the summer season; the decrease in landslides).
In addition to a clear reference to the identified climate risks, the list of expected results in the overall description must be supplemented by appropriate estimates of the effect of their potential enhancements (possibly quantified in economic terms and in terms of primarily social impact on the territory such as job creation or social acceptability of the intervention).
A wide range of actions are eligible for funding, which are strongly linked to the topics covered by the study, research and implementation of new instruments of the VEG-GAP project, as:
- the implementation of climatic building measures, green roofs and walls, vertical forests, tree shading barriers, insulation and natural ventilation systems, cool and ventilated roofs, etc.;
- the implementation of measures aimed at improving local knowledge (e.g. implementation of climate/impact/vulnerability databases, predictive ICT platforms, strengthening of monitoring systems, search for new sources of urban water supply, etc.), as well as the drafting of municipal climate change adaptation planning tools;
- implementation of measures to improve local forecasting capacity (e.g. climate scenarios, risk analysis, etc.);
- implementation of awareness-raising, training, community engagement campaigns on local adaptation for local actors and the stakeholder network (e.g. demonstration days, workshops, conferences, and so on).
The governance of the programme has been assigned to a Monitoring Board, with representatives from MiTE, ANCI (National Association of Italian Municipalities) and ISPRA (Superior Institute for Environmental Protection and Research), which will be in charge of checking and assessing the project application forms, monitoring the progress of the funded intervention and promoting coordination with other existing funding and supports to climate adaptation policies.
Find out more at the website: https://www.minambiente.it/pagina/adattamento-climatico