ADAPTation Capacity Strengthening for Highly Affected and Exposed Territories in the Alps NOW

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The Alpine region is subject to more severe, more recurrent and more unpredictable disasters 

connected with Climate Change (CC), with higher impacts on nature and humans. Conventional 

weather patterns are being replaced with volatile climate events that are becoming increasingly 

difficult to cope with. Working on managing these uncertainties and facing the catastrophic events 

that derive from CC is an urgent matter that has to be dealt with NOW in order to give Highly Affected 

and Exposed Territories (HAET) a fighting chance. 

ADAPTNOW will work on strengthening the adaptive capacity of HAET by implementing and 

evaluating the available climate adaptation and risk mitigation management tools and practices, 

assessing the Climate Adaptation Plans and developing Climate Services to support the territories 

and their local public authorities.  

Ultimately, ADAPTNOW aims at making risk and adaptation planning more integrated, collaborative and inclusive. This will be reached through a more dynamic, agile and participatory planning process in which all local stakeholders need to be involved. 

ADAPTNOW brings together regional sectoral agencies and research centers from five AS countries 

to support Pilot Actions and help set up and run Climate Services in support of 7+ HAET in the Alps. 

The consortium has decided to focus their efforts in implementing and evaluating the adaptive 

capacity of pilots within predominant hazards in the Alps: Heatwaves, Heavy rains/floods and 

Gravitational/landslides. Key sectors have been identified to assess related impacts: Urban 

infrastructure, Forestry, Tourism and Health. 

A replication action will link at least 6 additional HAET outside the consortium to test the replicability 

of climate adaptation and risk mitigation tools and practices, climate services and policy 

recommendations to ensure that HAET in the Alps can also strengthen their adaptation capacities. 


Contact person: Fabio Carnelli ( 

This project received funding by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund within the Interreg Alpine Space programme.

Project funded by:

Migliorare la capacità di adattamento al cambiamento climatico nelle aree alpine: primi risultati di uno studio pilota in Val Pusteria, Alto Adige
Carnelli F, Pedoth L, Cocuccioni S (2023)

Conference: XIV Convegno di Sociologia dell'Ambiente | Siracusa | 14.9.2023 - 16.9.2023

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