After being hit by a series of earthquakes in 2020, the Croatian capital began a holistic reconstruction effort that also integrates climate adaptation measures, designed to ensure the city’s long-term resilience. REGEA is delivering on this mandate through several EU projects.
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With an ever-increasing realisation across the EU that not just mitigation, but also climate change adaptation and resilience is needed, the North-West Croatia Regional Energy Agency (REGEA) has been supporting its local and regional governments in this field evermore. Besides the traditional work that energy agencies have been implementing for a while (such as the development of SECAPs), REGEA has been supporting the development of dedicated regional climate change adaptation plans and strategies for the integration of adaptation measures and green infrastructure.
In the case of the adaptation plan for the Krapina-Zagorje County just north of Zagreb, REGEA has developed a detailed climate risk assessment and identified key measures and approaches to ensure systemic adaptation in the most vulnerable areas ensuring the region has the tools needed to ensure its resilience to the negative impacts of climate change we are witnessing. This plan also presents a basis for the future development of infrastructure projects which will need to account for climate change adaptation and resilience.
As an initial response to the damage done by a series of two earthquakes that hit the City of Zagreb and the surrounding area in 2020, causing devastation in the city’s historic centre, a dedicated and meticulous plan was developed, targeting an integrated and holistic approach to the refurbishment and reconstruction effort. This plan included over a dozen of dedicated assessments and studies covering everything from the construction work, architecture, cultural protection, mobility, and energy as well as the legal and financial aspects. REGEA has been tasked with the integration of green infrastructure and climate change adaptation, an especially challenging task considering the density of urbanisation and the cultural heritage status of the city’s old historic core. The developed guidelines on a pilot block will be used as a basis both for a wider application of the identified measures as well as for their integration within the city’s various spatial plans.
Besides local and regional support, REGEA is also active in the field of EU projects. As part of its climate adaptation mandate, REGEA is an active partner in:
REGEA is participating in many more activities and projects focusing on climate adaptation. Details can be found on the website of REGEA. If you are interested in the process of integrated energy and climate planning or the IN-PLAN project, please feel free to contact Tomislav Novosel from REGEA at email@example.com.