CLIMAS – Climate change citizens engagement toolbox for dealing with societal resilience

The CLIMAS project aims to support a transition to climate resilience by co-designing an innovative problem-oriented climate adoption Toolbox, which relies on the application of a value-based approach, design thinking methods and citizen science mechanisms.

CLIMAS will test the Toolbox in Climate Assemblies and Living Labs and formulate scientific-based guidelines for policymakers on how to shift Climate Assemblies from expert technically based deliberations to multi-stakeholder value-based dilemmas from a bottom-up and more societal perspective.

The use of the Toolbox will anticipate possible tensions, points of controversy and dilemmas vis-a-vis the adaptation to resilience, therefore enabling empowerment and engagement strategies that produce a society “resilient by design”.

Particularly, CLIMAS will co-create a toolkit for using citizen science initiatives related to climate adaptation in climate assemblies that allows making recommendations based on evidence provided by citizens.

CLIMAS outcomes will positively influence policy development and awareness-raising process and offer sustainable strategies to enhance the acceptance of citizens’ led decisions by policymakers.

The project is led by Vilnius Technical University and with a consortium of 13 other European organisations including representatives of existing Climate Assemblies and Living Labs.

Eurecat participates in the CLIMAS project through the Big Data & Data Science unit, which develops the citizen science toolkit, while the Sustainability area through the Climate Change line facilitates the co-creation of the toolkit in the Ebre Biodiversity Living Lab.