20 May 2019

Compete4SECAP meeting and peer-to-peer exchange in Budapest

The 4th international project management meeting and P2P training of the Compete4SECAP consortium took place in Budapest on 13-15 May 2019.


During the 3-day event organised by GreenDependent Institute, colleagues and experts representing all 10 project members of the C4S consortium shared and thoroughly discussed experiences gained and results achieved since the beginning of the project, as well as planned next steps in a detailed manner. Despite various obstacles and challenges that partners face in their countries, the project can already be considered a success as it creates real impact on the ground for the participating local authorities. Nonetheless, partners also concluded that there is still much to do regarding all three main project pillars: SECAPs, energy management systems and energy competitions.


However, the most interesting for the wider public is perhaps the peer-to-peer training which took place on the second day of the meeting, focused on climate adaptation planning, in particular risk and vulnerability assessment (RVA) methodologies for application in SECAP development. Led by ICLEI Europe, Eleanor Chapman introduced key concepts and established the context for adaptation’s role within local planning. Then José Pablo Delgado of EuroVertice (Spain) presented a general overview on the theory of RVA methodologies, in particular highlighting the one used in the LIFE Adaptate project, discussing its relationship to IPCC and comparing qualitative and quantitative assessments. Next Emanuele Cosenza of SOGESCA (Italy) presented the experiences of the LIFE project Veneto Adapt to reveal practical lessons from Padova’s city-level perspective, with particular emphasis on stakeholder engagement and data collection.


ICLEI Europe again took the lead by introducing the concept of impact chain methodology developed and applied in the RESIN project, followed by a guided, interactive exercise. All participants split up into separate groups to explore impact chains in three C4S locations in Croatia, Cyprus and France (respectively looking into flash flooding, wildfires and sea-level rise). At the end, Michaël Toma of MT Partenaires Ingénierie (France) wrapped up by drawing some overall conclusions and relating them to ongoing processes happening with the Covenant of Mayors to streamline SECAP development.

More pictures of the training can be found here >>>