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Contact: Alexis Chatzimpiros, Adviser Energy-Climate / Islands, Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions

alexis.chatzimpiros@crpm.org ; T: +32 (0) 2 612 17 04

Launched in 1973, the collaboration platform is led by the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe (CPMR), which implements a wide array of policies and initiatives as an important contribution to the fight against climate change. They also involve concrete initiatives in the field of adaptation in many coastal regions and are key to drive effective adaptation of the concerned regions to climate change.

The CPMR also insists on effective multi-level governance in the implementation of the COP21 climate agreement, in which regions have a key role to play. A bottom-up approach with regional plans for CO2 emissions reduction and adaptation that feed into the National plans can improve accuracy of data and credibility of plans.

To date, up to 33 member regions have provided data to CPMR on their climate strategies, covering most sea basins of Europe, such as the Baltic Sea, the North Sea, the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, as well as islands, outermost regions and overseas territories. All 160 CPMR member-regions are invited to join the initiative.


  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Developing new, more sustainable energy solutions;
  • Facilitating whenever possible maritime energy production technologies, setting the example of an industrial model paradigm shift by boosting a low carbon and circular economy;
  • Adapting to climate change in continuation of the Mexico Pact.

Actions implemented involve:

  • Development of coastal data (at the initiative of the regions, in collaboration with national bodies with expertise in this area), and networking of regional observatories at sea-basin level;
  • Development of expertise of coastal erosion, and on technical ways to deal with it;
  • Development of specific strategies for Integrated Coastal management.

Carbon footprints are being recorded to calibrate progress, via systems introduced by CPMR regions. Regular monitoring and/or reporting are key for the successful implementation of plans.

Future expectations:

  • strengthening at all levels the further work on the impact of climate change in territories, climate change mitigation activities, analysis of regions’ relevant smart specialization strategies, territorial cooperation, financial instruments for investments, etc.
  • experience sharing and dissemination of good practices with the aim to achieve the targets set and further expand the coverage of the initiative by inspiring the rest of member-regions to join.

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