Climate adaptation became an important challenge for municipalities and regions, as the consequences of climate change are increasingly evident. But climate adaptation is a cross-cutting issue and covers a wide range of specialist fields in a municipality. Therefore the implementation of adequate administration and structures is key to have an integrated proceeding and to take into account different perspectives and requirements. B.&S.U. mbH developed the European Climate Adaptation Award (eca), which is a quality management process and certification system and enables municipalities to integrate climate adaptation into their communal processes and their daily work. The eca defines four essential process steps, which have to be regularly repeated in order to create sustainable results and a continuous process of improvement:
The eca has been successfully tested with financial support of the Ministries of the Environment of the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Free State of Saxony in a pilot project with 12 municipalities and is now available for municipalities throughout Germany.