NBRACER: Nature Based Solutions for Atlantic Regional Climate Resilience

NBRACER is a project funded by HORIZON Europe Research and Innovation actions in support of the implementation of the Adaptation to Climate Change Mission (HORIZON-MISS-2022-CLIMA-01).

NBRACER aims at accelerating the transformation towards climate resilient regions that are safe, green, clean and healthy by means of an innovative and practical approach, by working across sectors and disciplines, experimenting and involving local communities. 

48 months from 01/10/2023 to 30/09/2025

General aims

NBRACER has the following specific objectives:

  • Contribute to active and engagement of communities and regions in better managing climate risks and enhancing resilience and adaptation capacity to climate change through leveraging existing regional initiatives;
  • Orchestrate co-creation and validating of NBSs enhancing climate resilience towards their mainstreaming and enhanced replicability;
  • Formulate pathways to climate resilience through an integrated approach combining a sound conceptual framework, modelling, mapping and decision support tools, processes, and sustainable governance mechanisms

CMCC role
CMCC is responsible of two project tasks:

  • Task 5.2 – Building climate risk scenarios for decision making
  • Task 6.3 – Good practices for supporting policies, policy coherence and NBS legislation.  

NBRACER is structured in 9 WP:

  1. Regional journeys to resilience: integrated stocktaking, visioning and prioritizing
  2. Demonstrations in marine and costal systems
  3. Demonstrations in urban systems
  4. Demonstrations in rural systems
  5. Technical frameworks supporting the design and implementation on NBS
  6. Process framework: enabling and transformative conditions for NBS implementation
  7. Capacity building for systemic transformation and mainstreaming NBS
  8. Communication, networking and engagement
  9. Project coordination and management.

Expected results
To increase climate resilience in the European Atlantic Biogeographical Region (ABR), NBRACER will demonstrate, develop and test innovative NBS solutions, tailor-made, combining technological and social innovation, across three Landscapes (marine & coastal, urban, rural). This will be done in 8 regions within 6 countries, 5 DRs in 5 countries: Cantabria (ES), Central Denmark (DK), Nouvelle-Aquitaine (FR), Porto (PT), West Flanders (BE), with replication to a further 3 Replication Regions (RRs) in 3 countries: Cávado (PT), East Flanders (BE), and Province of Friesland (NL). 

Results, learnt lessons from demonstration and replication activities, capacity building and systemic portfolio development within and across regions will be analyzed, distilled, formatted and packaged to feed into Climate-ADAPT and other platforms developed with support of the European MACC, to enable other regions across the ABR to build on NBRACER outcomes, to ensure synergies with sister projects operating in other biogeographical regions, and to allow for wider dissemination and reapplication.

Coordinating organization
Deltares (Deltares), The Netherlands

Climate-KIK Holding BV (CKIC), The Netherlands
Wageningen Research (WR), The Netherlands
Fundacion Tecnalia Research and Innovation (TECNALIA), Spain
Institut de l’Innovation Durable – Sustainable Innovation Institute (IID-SII), France 
Fundacion Instituto de Hidraulica Ambiental de Cantabria (FIHAC), Spain
Universidad de Cantabria (Cantabria Uni), Spain
Oficina de Proyectos europeos del Gobierno de Cantabria (Cantabria Gob), Spain
Asociacion Red Cambera (Red Cambera), Spain
Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek (VITO), Belgium
Provinciebestuur West-Vlaanderen (WF Province), Belgium
Fciencias.ID – Associacao para a Investigacao e Desenvolvimento de Ciencias (Lisbon Uni), Portugal
Municipio de Porto (Porto Muni), Portugal
Region Nouvelle Aquitaine (N-A region), France
Acclimaterra – Comité scientifique regional sur le changement climatique (AcclimaTerra), France
Institut Polytechnique de Bordeaux (Bordeaux INP)
Fondazione Centro euro-mediterraneo sui cambiamenti climatici (CMCC), Italy
ICLEI European Secretariat (ICLEI), Germany
Comunidade Intermunicipal do Cavado (CIM Cavado), Portugal
Provincie Fryslan (Friesland), The Netherlands
Aalborg Universitet (AAU), Denmark
Vlaamse Landmaatschappij (VLM), Belgium
Sorbonne Université (Sorbonne Uni), France
Syndicat mixte du Parc Naturel régional du Marais Poitevin (PNR Marais-P), France
Ayuntamiento de Santander (Santander Ayu), Spain 
Syndicat mixte d’études et d’aménagement de la Garonne (SMEAG), France
Universidade de Porto (Porto Uni), Portugal
Foreningen Klimatorium (KLIMATORIUM), Denmark 




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