About REACHOUT

REACHOUT is a European Commission funded research and innovation project to advance user-oriented climate services to support the implementation of the Green Deal Therefore, research partners, climate service providers and city stakeholders are co-developing a coherent set of services for seven city hubs across the EU.

Triple A-Toolkit: analyse, ambitions and actions

These services support cities to Analyze hazard, exposure and vulnerability to climate change, formulate Ambitions for Climate Resilient Urban Development, and identify, evaluate and select adaptation Actions for implementations. This so-called Triple-A toolkit builds upon and utilizes existing tools and services.  To ensure sustainability beyond the lifetime of the project close cooperates with existing climate service platforms and develops business models for implementation of the services from the start. 

The Triple-A approach is based on proven success in many cities across the world.  At the start of the project the “toolkit” is compiled from a concrete set of proven successful tools, climate information branched off the C3S portal, and a set of background data layers on land use and socio-economic indicators.  Additionally, the project is developing localized (city specific) ‘story maps’ which translate climate science into information that the local officials, water experts, advisors, citizens and companies can understand and work with. 

The underlying Triple-A approach has been successfully applied in the Dutch National Spatial Adaptation program reaching most municipalities in the Netherlands. An agile development process is followed, consisting of three one-year loops, enhancing relevance by including possibilities for crowd sourcing and engagement of citizens and private sector. City Hubs apply the toolkit and provide the platforms for co-creation. EU wide upscaling is achieved through a City Hub approach and through connection to national and EU service platforms. C40 and R-Cities networks strengthen outreach and upscaling towards hundreds of cities world-wide. Our private sector partner APG is one of the world largest pension investors, responsible for the management of560 billion euros in pension funds for 4.7 million participants. APG manages assets in five of the seven City Hubs.  

REACHOUT brings together a highly experienced transdisciplinary team with comprehensive knowledge on climate change adaptation and climate services, experience in working in cities. Our consortium will bridge the last mile and engage citizens and the private sector through active participation, building capacity and fostering collective action towards ambitions, addressing climate-related vulnerability.

Featured City Story

Amsterdam – APG

REACHOUT is catering the city hub Amsterdam, with APG as main hub partner, to address climate services for the financial sector. APG is a Dutch pension investor and their Global Responsible Investment & Governance team integrates climate risk information into investment analysis. 

Milano

One of the biggest Metropolis of Italy located in the region of Lombardy with more than 1 million inhabitants. The city is mostly exposed to pluvial flooding, extreme wind and heatwaves. Milan has a city Masterplan with a vision towards 2030, which introduces a resilience approach in built context and public spaces, emphasizing increasing green areas to reduce the impact of climate change. The city has also drafted the first integrated Air & Climate Action Plan to identify priority measures for air quality and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Athens

Athens is a very large city located the Attica region and it is the capital of Greece. The Municipality of Athens, which constitutes a small administrative unit of the entire city, has over 600 thousand inhabitants.  The city is mostly exposed to Pluvial flooding and heatwaves. Athens is updating its climate plan and is working with EIB’s Natural Capital Financing Facility on a set of flagship adaptation projects. The City has also experience in working with Rebuild by Design on climate resilience projects.  

Cork

Cork is a city of more than two hundred thousand people and is the second largest urban population in Ireland. The main climate hazards facing Cork City are hydrological – both fluvial and coastal. Cork is situated close to the coast in the valley of the River Lee with the city centre located on an island between dividing streams of the river. Cork has a long history of flooding. In 2009, for instance, major damage was caused by flood waters to educational, commercial and residential buildings. Additionally, tidal floods from the Atlantic Ocean through the outer and inner harbours threaten the city centre and surrounding areas.

Gdynia

Gdynia is located on Gdańsk Bay on the southern coast of the Baltic Sea, it is a major seaport and the second-largest city in the Pomeranian Voivodeship after Gdańsk. Gdynia has a population around 250.000 citizens. The city belongs to the Metropolitan Area Gdańsk-Gdynia-Sopot with more than 1.5 million citizens.

Lillestrøm

The  Municipality  of  Lillestrøm  is  Norway’s  ninth  largest  municipality,  with  a  population  greater  than 86,000  residents,  and  its  administrative  centre,  the  town  of  Lillestrøm,  is  located  in  the  greater  Oslo metropolitan area. The Municipality of Lillestrøm was founded in 2020 as a merger between three former municipalities (Skedsmo, Fet, and Sørum). The municipality is transected by the Glomma river, Norway’s longest and most voluminous river, ending in Northern Europe’s largest inland delta, the Northern Øyeren. The municipality is mostly exposed to natural hazard from floods and landslides, especially quick clay slides.  

Logroño

Logroño is a medium size city located in the north of Spain in the region of La Rioja with more than 150 thousand inhabitants. This city is mostly exposed to heatwaves, floods and droughts. The city of Logroño aims to become a European Green Capital working hard on energy efficiency, sustainable development, clean mobility, and urban naturalization. 

Meet the team

Launch internship program REACHOUT

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News and events

REACHOUT General Assembly news

REACHOUT meets in Milan

Milan Green Week 2022

Interview with Eva Boon, Climate Adaptation Services

EURESFO2022​ Masterclass Urban Heat

Interview with Elissavet Bargianni from Athens, Greece