Strengthening institutional coordination & capacities

Bonding climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction

Our guidance is based on experience gained during the project (2015–2020) and provides insights and inspiration through showcasing innovative activities that target cooperation, collaboration, improved communication, increased coherence, and capacity-sharing between the CCA and DRR communities.

Core results focus on a set of recommendations on how institutions in the fields of CCA and DRR can cooperate more effectively and/or effectively integrate relevant policies and measures across the CCA and DRR space. The guidance seeks to encourage initiatives and activities which can further strengthen the coordination between, and capacity of, CCA and DRR institutions.

We reflect on the open and unresolved questions in an overview of the prevailing knowledge and action gaps, along with reflections and conclusions.


We provide 20 recommendations in five areas. Each recommendation was developed with the aim to:

  • Formulate a precise advice of what needs to happen.
  • Introduce the relevance and limitations of the chosen approach.
  • Showcase a possible way forward to apply such approach.
  • Explain which institutions are addressed and how they can benefit.
  • Provide an example of how the recommendation can work in practice.

Action required to put recommendations into practice

  • More concerted funding and greater investments in DRR and CCA activities are needed to reduce vulnerability to climate risks.
  • Prioritise and invest in initiatives that have the potential to decrease people’s vulnerability to climate risks, for example, through prevention, risk mitigation strategies and disaster risk reduction in the light of climate variability, and a changing climate on different levels.
  • Convene the CCA and DRR community in Europe, including hosting topical workshops for decision-makers and experts, empowering communities and individuals at all levels, and continuing to support the ECCA conference series.
  • Innovate by developing new tools and approaches to support decision-makers in climate risk management across the public and private sector, and supporting new, relevant initiatives with seed funding.
  • Learn, with a focus on knowledge management, developing common standards and sharing best practices, as well as providing training to professionals on a variety of relevant topics and skills.