LIFE21-IPC-IT-LIFE CLIMAX PO | CLIMate Adaptation for the PO river basin district

CLIMAX PO is a project funded by a LIFE grant of the European Commission. CLIMAX PO brings together most national and regional and some of the local authorities playing a role in implementing the Italian strategy on adaptation in the Po River Basin, an area of 74.000 km2 , with 3.200 local authorities, 16 million inhabitant and generating 40% of the Italian GDP. 
CLIMAX PO is led by the National Po River Basin District Authority (ADBPO) chaired directly by the Italian Minister for the Environment and responsible for the implementation of the NAS at district level. The consortium covers the whole geographical river basin, all levels of Governance (National, Regional, Local) and necessary competences with 3 major research institutes on board.            

108 months from 01/02/2023 to 31/01/2032
Funded by
  • - EC, LIFE grant

Coordinating organization
  • CMCC - Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici

CMCC Scientific Leader
CMCC Project manager
CMCC Institutes

CMCC Divisions

General aims

General objectives
CLIMAX PO overall objective is to boost adaptation to climate change through climate-smart water resources management at the river basin district scale by implementing National Adaptation Strategy (NAS) measures tailored-made on the local characteristics and climatic peculiarities present in the district. 
CLIMAX PO is setting up an integrated governance approach (MGD – Multi level Governance Deal) for the whole Po River Basin with the mission of leading the implementation of the Italian National Adaptation Strategy.

CMCC role
In the framework of CLIMAX PO project, CMCC will be the coordinator of the Technical and Methodological approach (WP3). CMCC will also coordinate WP6 (Pilot actions on Nature and Ecosystem-based solutions) and be the leader of task 6.2 pilot action (Priority ecosystem services and green infrastructure network in the Po River Basin). 
CMCC will be the Coordinator of WP7 (Pilot actions on water infrastructure) and leader of task 7.2 (Coastal alert system for extreme water events to adapt to climate change). 

CLIMAX PO is divided in 3 phases lasting 3 years each. Phase 1 is mainly focused on barrier removal, phase 2 is focused on pilot actions and NAS implementation while phase 3 focuses on replication and institutionalization. 
CLIMAX PO is structured in 11 WP:

  1. Project management
  2. Multilevel governance and coordination of funding
  3. Technical and methodological approach
  4. Stakeholders engagement and capacity building
  5. Water management
  6. Nature and ecosystem-based solutions
  7. Defence and water infrastructure
  8. Land management
  9. Monitoring and evaluation of project impacts and compilation of KPIs
  10. Communication, dissemination and networking
  11. Sustainability, replication and exploitation planning

Expected results
CLIMAX PO aims at:

  • improving the climate risk and adaptation governance in water resource management and ensuring policy, funding and technical coordination and coherence
  • improving the understanding of climate risk within the district, and creating a platform for harmonised, quality assured knowledge and services
  • building up the resilience to climate change and variability and improving water security
  • making climate adaptation a permanent part of the River Basin District governance

Coordinating organization
Autorità di bacino del fiume Po (ADBPO), Italy

Agenzia interregionale per il fiume Po (AIPo), Italy
Agenzia regionale per la prevenzione, l’ambiente e l’energia dell’Emilia Romagna (ARPAE), Italy
Agenzia regionale per la protezione ambientale del Piemonte (ARPAP), Italy
Università di Bologna (UNIBO), Italy
Associazione nazionale delle bonifiche, delle irrigazioni e dei miglioramenti fondiari (ANBI), Italy
Fondazione Centro euro-mediterraneo sui cambiamenti climatici (CMCC), Italy
Città metropolitana di Bologna (CMBO), Italy
Ente regionale per i servizi all’agricoltura e alle foreste (ERSAF), Italy
Legambiente associazione onlus (LEGAMBIENTE), Italy
Legambiente Lombardia onlus (Legamb Lomb), Italy (associated)
Legambiente Veneto associazione di promozione sociale (Legamb Veneto), Italy (associated)
Legambiente Piemonte e Valle d’Aosta (LEGAMB PVDA), Italy (associated)
Legambiente Emilia Romagna (LEGAMB ER), Italy (associated)
Politecnico di Torino (POLITO), Italy
Società Metropolitana Acque Torino spa (SMAT), Italy
Regione Emilia Romagna (RER), Italy
Regione Piemonte (RPiemonte), Italy
Regione Lombardia (RLombardia), Italy
Sogesca srl (SOGESCA), Italy
Agenzia regionale per la protezione dell’ambiente (ARPA) della Lombardia (ARPA Lombardia), Italy
ANBI – Emilia Romagna (ANBI-ER), Italy
Unione regionale bonifiche irrigazioni e miglioramento fondiari per la Lombardia (ANBI Lombardia), Italy
Unione regionale bonifiche irrigazioni Piemonte (ANBI PIEMONTE), Italy
Associazione regionale dei consorzi di gestione e tutela del territorio e acque irrigue (ANBIVENETO), Italy 

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