Horizon Europe (2021 - 2027)

Demonstration and mainstrEaming of nature-based Solutions for clImate Resilient transformation in the MEDiterranean: DesirMED

Last update: Feb 28, 2024 Last update: Feb 28, 2024


Locations:Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland
Start Date:Jan 1, 2024
End Date:Dec 31, 2028
Contract value: EUR 17,733,793
Sectors:Environment & NRM, Health, Science & Innovation Environment & NRM, Health, Science & Innovation
Date posted:Feb 28, 2024

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HORIZON.2.5 - Climate, Energy and Mobility MAIN PROGRAMME
HORIZON.2.2 - Culture, creativity and inclusive society
HORIZON.2.4 - Digital, Industry and Space
HORIZON.2.3 - Civil Security for Society
HORIZON.2.6 - Food, Bioeconomy Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment

Topic(s): HORIZON-MISS-2022-CLIMA-01-06 - Testing and demonstrating transformative solutions on climate
resilience, mainstreaming nature based solutions in the systemic transformation

Call for proposal: HORIZON-MISS-2022-CLIMA-01

Funding Scheme: HORIZON-IA - HORIZON Innovation Actions

Grant agreement ID: 101112972


Climate change (CC) is an increasing threat at European and global scale affecting social stability, public health, and well- being. The Mediterranean (Med) has been recognized as a CC hotspot and is among the least economically developed of the main EEA European biogeographical regions. Adapting to CC demands requires a radical shift from piecemeal to transformative strategies and approaches, supporting policy development at all levels and advancing transversal and multilevel governance solutions. Nature-based solutions (NbS) to preserve and restore ecosystems, increase climate resilience, sustainably manage the environment, while providing wider long-term socioeconomic benefits, are at the heart of the European CC Adaptation (CCA) Mission Adaptation Plan objective to support at least 150 European regions and communities to become climate resilient by 2030 and a main EUGD pillar. In DesirMED, NbS will be prioritized, together with innovative technologies and inclusive social practices. DesirMED will increase ambition, ownership and capability of regional Med leaders and communities through proven transformative CCA approaches. Recognising that successful adaptation generally occurs at local and regional levels, DesirMED involves a multilevel set of actors in 5 Demonstrating regions (DRr) and 3 Replicating Regions (RRs) working hand- in-hand with scientific partners to foster holistic approaches to implement transformative adaptation. DesirMED, by engaging at the regional level key institutions in a multi-level governance framework, will act as a catalyser to trigger and accelerate the necessary action in key community systems. Overall, DesirMED will strengthen knowledge and capabilities of Med regions and communities to take leadership and ownership in their transformative CCA pathways and accelerate the implementation of transformative solutions required to increase their resilience over the long term.

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