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“Municipalities as integrators and coordinators in adaptation to climate change” LIFE16 CCA/HU/000115 (LIFE-MICACC) project

Ministry of Interior, Hungary (

    The overall goal of the project was to improve climate resilience of vulnerable municipalities in Hungary by reducing their risks stemming from climate change. For this purpose, the proposal offered testing, introducing and fostering the integration of sustainable ecosystem-based water management approaches into natural resources management strategies and land use planning practice of local governments. Additionally, the goal was to strengthen the coordination role of local municipalities in climate change adaptation planning and recognition of risks. Objectives were the following: 1. To raise awareness and increase knowledge of decision makers at Hungarian local governments, relevant public administration bodies and economic actors about the impacts of climate change and about ecosystem-based natural water retention measures (NWRM) as a powerful tool to improve climate resilience. To adapt and disseminate to Hungarian municipalities and stakeholders the relevant knowledge from implemented NWRM pilot cases in Europe.
    2. To test and demonstrate the practical applicability and viability of selected NWRMs in climate adaptation within the Hungarian natural, socio-economic and administrative context through developing and implementing prototypes of these measures on 5 pilot sites.
    3. To disseminate the practical knowledge gained from the 5 test cases, and to foster the replication of the tested NWRM solutions for improved climate resilience in different locations within Hungary, both at local and regional scales. To build locally coordinated catchment partnerships around a joint vision and prepare plans for the upscaling of NWRM solutions to catchment level, involving stakeholders.
    4. To build local capacity at the most vulnerable Hungarian municipalities in order to strengthen the coordinating and integrating role of local governments in mainstreaming ecosystem-based climate change adaptation measures into natural resources management strategies and spatial planning, and to enhance an enabling environment for them.
    5. To create innovative and user-friendly smart IT tools for all Hungarian municipalities and other stakeholders that help them understanding and managing climate risks, support knowledge sharing and facilitate stakeholder mobilization.
    6. To involve Hungarian local governments in national and European networks of mutual support and cooperation for climate change adaptation and mitigation.

    Expected Impact

    Ability of Hungarian municipalities to react to climate change-related impacts by effective, natural actions. Gaining knowledge, experience and the necessary tools significantly have increased the adaptive capacity of the municipalities. Successful NWRMs will lead to resilient, adaptive and balanced natural areas, reserving the resources instead of losing them due to bad management or unpreparedness. NWRMs have improve the climate resilience and wellbeing of the local communities and contribute to the reduction of risks for the local economy. Restoring wetland habitats also has contributed to the mitigation of the effects of climate change.


    cc. 300 training participants (on Climate Change Adaptation (CCA, NWRM and municipalities' coordinating roles and means in CCA)
    cc. 300 E-learning users
    cc. 280 roadshow participants
    cc. 8000 website visitors
    project publications, information materials, newsletters (Adaptation Guide)
    Water Risk Filter in Hungarian with national datasets


    Municipality of Bátya, Municipality of Püspökszilágy, Municipality of Ruzsa, Municipality of Rákócziújfalu, Municipality of Tiszatarján, Association of Climate-friendly Municipalities, General Directorate of Water Management, Pannon Pro Innovation Services Ltd., WWF World Wide Fund for Nature Hungary Foundation

    Goal 6

    Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

    Goal 6


    By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all


    Proportion of population using safely managed drinking water services


    By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations


    Proportion of population using (a) safely managed sanitation services and (b) a hand-washing facility with soap and water


    By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally


    Proportion of domestic and industrial wastewater flows safely treated


    Proportion of bodies of water with good ambient water quality


    By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity

    Change in water-use efficiency over time


    Level of water stress: freshwater withdrawal as a proportion of available freshwater resources


    By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate


    Degree of integrated water resources management 


    Proportion of transboundary basin area with an operational arrangement for water cooperation


    By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes

    Change in the extent of water-related ecosystems over time


    By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies

    Amount of water- and sanitation-related official development assistance that is part of a government-coordinated spending plan


    Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management


    Proportion of local administrative units with established and operational policies and procedures for participation of local communities in water and sanitation management

    Goal 13

    Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

    Goal 13


    Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries


    Number of deaths, missing persons and directly affected persons attributed to disasters per 100,000 population


    Number of countries that adopt and implement national disaster risk reduction strategies in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030


    Proportion of local governments that adopt and implement local disaster risk reduction strategies in line with national disaster risk reduction strategies


    Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning


    Number of countries with nationally determined contributions, long-term strategies, national adaptation plans and adaptation communications, as reported to the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change


    Total greenhouse gas emissions per year


    Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning


    Extent to which (i) global citizenship education and (ii) education for sustainable development are mainstreamed in (a) national education policies; (b) curricula; (c) teacher education; and (d) student assessment


    Implement the commitment undertaken by developed-country parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to a goal of mobilizing jointly $100 billion annually by 2020 from all sources to address the needs of developing countries in the context of meaningful mitigation actions and transparency on implementation and fully operationalize the Green Climate Fund through its capitalization as soon as possible


    Amounts provided and mobilized in United States dollars per year in relation to the continued existing collective mobilization goal of the $100 billion commitment through to 2025


    Promote mechanisms for raising capacity for effective climate change-related planning and management in least developed countries and small island developing States, including focusing on women, youth and local and marginalized communities



    Number of least developed countries and small island developing States with nationally determined contributions, long-term strategies, national adaptation plans and adaptation communications, as reported to the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

    The project delivered recommendations to the government for the improvement of the legal environment to strengthen the coordination role of municipalities in CCA.
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    1 528 069 EUR from EU LIFE Programme (60 % of the total budget)
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    1 018 714 EUR own contribution, co-financed by the Hungarian Government
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    Zsuzsanna, project manager