Innovation in Climate Services Provision 

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The ERA4CS Call project INNOVA helps the society managing the impacts of climatic change and finding innovative climate risk management solutions, and extreme risk response options. This project emphasis on cutting-edge climate services research by a combination of social and economic innovation.


Latest: E-Zine#1 - Green Capital Nijmegen en room for the river Waal
This e-zine is about climate change and climate adaptation, and is intended to inform the target groups across Europe about the efforts urban governments are taking to adapt to climate change, and on the use of data. In this first edition the Green Capital of Europe: Nijmegen is presented, and the successful efforts to create room for the river Waal.
Fokke de Jong, Wim Timmermans (Wageningen Environmental Research), Grit Martinez, Ecologic Institute, et al, Monday 4 June 2018

INNOVA presentation Resilient Cities Conference Bonn 2018
From 26-28 April 2018, the Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation took place in Bonn (Germany). More than 400 participants attended the conference where 37 thematic sessions were offered. For the ERA4CS call project INNOVA Grit Martinez of Ecologic Institute presented in the session “Assessing urban risk and vulnerability and prioritizing action” INNOVA’s approach to risk assessment. Grit Martinez, Ecologic Institute, Friday 18 May 2018

The project contributes in an innovative way to understand the key role of business models; in enhancing adaptation innovation, market uptake and replicability of climate services. The INNOVA approach and findings are in the interest of public and private climate services providers, knowledge purveyors, (city) policy and decision makers, business representatives and scientists. In the end the project can contribute to generate employment opportunities and sustainable growth.   

The direct engagement of a broad range of relevant stakeholders that co-develop climate and risk management strategies in key economic sectors will ensure upscaling and uptake of the project outputs.

INNOVA is designed to build on proven innovation frameworks, called “innovation hubs”, connected across the project and to the wider world (Mediterranean, North European and islands; urban and peri-urban areas).

These hubs have been chosen based on areas in Europe that were identified as highly likely to be vulnerable in the IPCC 2014 findings, and including one location in the less outermost regions of Europe.

In each real-world innovation hub, three groups of people work together on innovative solutions to real problems: societal actors (private sector, citizen groups); public sector (government) & knowledge brokers. Read more.


Project Lead 
Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Zentrum für Material- und Küstenforschung GmbH, Germany,
Dr María Máñez

Project partners
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  • Ecologic institut gemeinnützige GmbH, Germany, Grit Martinez
  • Universitat politecnica de Valencia, Spain, Alberto García-Prats
  • Universite des Antilles, France, Martine Collard
  • Stichting Wageningen Research, part of Wageningen UR, The Netherlands, Wim Timmermans
  • Funding agencies

    BMBF, MINECO, ANR, NWO                                      

    The project is co-funded from the European Commission (Grant Agreement reference 690462)