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Adaptation to Climate Change

EEA Grants

Hungary (HU04)

Key Facts

Reduced human and ecosystem vulnerability to climate change
Programme operator:
Regional Environmental Center (REC)
Donor programme partner:
Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection (DSB),
Programme number:
Date of approval:
06 June 2013
In implementation
Total grants amount:
€ 7,010,000.00
From EEA Grants:
€ 7,010,000.00
From Norway Grants:
The projects may be implemented until 2016/2017

Calls for proposals

There are no further calls for proposals.

Programme Summary


Why is the programme needed?
Climate change is already under way and its effects are likely to have far-reaching consequences for human and natural systems. Hungary is no exception, and increased understanding and awareness of climate change impacts and vulnerability is therefore essential to support policy and decision processes in relation to adaptation to climate change. Measures for increased climate resilience at local level are needed to protect people, buildings, infrastructure, businesses and ecosystems. The ability to cope and adapt will vary across populations, economic sectors and regions, but all will be affected. Therefore, timely and adequate climate change adaptation measures are needed, and they will reduce the economic and social cost resulting from a changing climate.

What will the programme achieve?
The aim of the programme is to promote a clear understanding of climate change impacts and vulnerability in Hungary, to promote actions for increased climate resilience at local level, to raise awareness of climate change impacts, and to show examples of replicable projects reducing the impacts of climate change.

How will it be achieved?
The programme has four main components, all of which are focused on climate change and adaptation:
- National Adaptation Geoinformatic System;
- Local climate change adaptation capacity building;
- 28 local climate change adaptation strategies;
- 2 pilot climate change adaptation measures at local and regional level.

How will bilateral relations be strengthened?
The programme will foster cooperation between Donor State and Hungarian entities and will contribute to strengthening bilateral relations in the field of adaptation to climate change. The Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning (DSB) is involved in the implementation of the programme. This will further strengthen the co-operation between DSB and Hungarian ministries and public entities working on adaptation to climate change, as well as the programme Fund Operator, the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC).

What are the partnership opportunities?
Calls for project proposals will be published during the fourth quarter of 2013. The calls are open for bilateral partnership projects, and a fund for seed money to promote bilateral cooperation will be available to promote potential partnerships.

Who can apply for funding under this programme?
Entities registered in Hungary are eligible to apply as project applicants. The main target groups are relevant public institutes, local and regional governments, universities, research institutes and NGOs. There will be four open calls for projects in the range of €170,000 to €800,000. The programme also includes a small grant scheme which will support the development of local adaptation strategies. Projects under the small grant scheme are in the range of €10,000 to €25,000.