RethinkAction – CRoss-sEcToral planning enHanced by a decisIoN-maKing platform to foster climate Action

RethinkAction focuses on supporting the objectives of the EU Green Deal translating its action plan in relevant and practical actions and solutions related to land use, as opportunities able not only to support climate neutrality and adaptation, sustainable use of the land resources, and biodiversity restoration, but also actions for social improvement, fostering equality and just transition for all designing the road map to green recovery after COVID.

48 months from 01/10/2021 to 30/09/2025

General objectives

The main objective of RethinkAction is to engage citizens and decision-makers to participate in the energy transition and actively support climate adaptation and mitigation. The focus is on land use as a key driver, even critical, to sustain life and to reach climate objectives and SDGs in the context of climate change mitigation and adaptation. RethinkAction will develop a cross-sectoral user-friendly decision-making platform tailored to the needs of different end-users (citizens and decision-makers) for delivering clear and valuable information on climate change, increasing awareness and attractiveness of the solutions to foster their implementation. This will allow users to assess land use-based adaptation and mitigation solutions, understand climate change impacts over time, linking local, EU and global scales based on six representative case studies (local and regional level), covering the main regional differences related to climate change. The RethinkAction approach promotes a sustainable land use for the coming decades aligned with the Paris Agreement and SDGs.

CMCC role

CMCC lead the WP4 for the development of a Land-based Adaptation and Mitigation Solutions (LAMS) catalogue which include and characterize sustainable options of land-use planning and management as well as solutions for demand management and behavioural changes, at different levels of governance (local actions as well as national, EU and international strategies, plans and policies), to define land use strategies to be modelled by local dynamic models at local scale (6 case studies) and integrated into the WILIAM IAM for the up-scaling of solutions. CMCC is also responsible to evaluate the contribution of models’ assessments to EU policies and provide policy and lifestyle recommendations. Moreover, CMCC contribute to the data processing for climate and land use modelling, being responsible for the downscaling of Essential Climate Variables, and to the design, development and deployment of the RethinkAction Platform.


Task 3.1. Data availability and processing methods
Task 3.2. Extraction of relevant data from existing Copernicus and ESA services and service deployment
Task 3.4. Downscaling of ECVs to assess climate change impacts
Task 3.5. Design and development of an open standardised and organised database
Task 4.1. Review of Land use-based Adaptation and Mitigation Solutions
Task 4.2. LAMS catalogue requirements definition and specifications
Task 4.3: Analysis of synergies and trade-offs and definition of the KPI-driven evaluation framework of LAMs
Task 4.4. LAMS catalogue development, deployment and validation
Task 5.2 Methodology for climate change impacts and land-based adaptation and mitigation analysis
Task 5.5: Evaluation of policies and strategies including lifestyles changes
Task 6.5: Evaluation of local solutions to provide recommendations
Task 7.2: RethinkAction data storage and interoperability framework development
Task 7.3: Computation modules of the RethinkAction Platform

Expected results

A decision-making platform to foster climate action.


University of Valladolid
Swedish Environmental Research Institute
RINA Consulting
Climate Media Factory
National Observatory of Athens
GMV Aerospace and Defence SAU
FCiências.ID – Associação para a Investigação e Desenvolvimento de Ciências
ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability e.V. (World Secretariat)
United Nations University – Institute for Environment and Human Security
Institut National de la Recherche pour l’Agriculture, l’Alimentation et l’Environnement (INRAE)

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