MPA Project – Urban Adaptation Plans




Good example of government engagement in local adaptation plans is coordinating the non-competitive Project  “Development of Urban Adaptation Plans for cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants in Poland”.

All Urban adaptation plans will be developed in accordance with one methodology by one consortium. Urban areas have been identified as a priority in the implementation of the adaptation to climate change policy in Poland. Over 30% of the Polish population lives in project partner cities. So far the agreement between City council and Ministry was signed by 44 cities.

Project Goals:

–        Determination of vulnerability of the largest cities to climate change

–        Planning for adaptation actions at the local level

–        Raising awareness of the need for adaptation to climate change at the local level

The Ministry of Environment, as the project coordinator, will carry out an ongoing monitoring of the implementation process, in order to ensure effective cooperation of the parties as well as high quality of the emerging adaptation plans.  MoE will support local governments from both – organizational and financial side,

Urban adaptation plans will have dynamic and open character, so it will be easy to update or reshape some assumptions.

This is the first step aimed at strengthening resistance and adaptation to changing climate conditions. Due to its scale, this is an innovative and unique project. The result of the project will enhance cities’ resilience to climate change, and consequently, the entire country.

The project fulfills objectives and activities provided for in a given focus area, pointed out in the National Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change (NAS 2020). It is the multispectral approach on  decreasing cities vulnerability on climate change impacts.

The project will be financed by the European Union, form the resources of the Cohesion Fund, within the Infrastructure and Environment Operational Programme as well as from the national budget resources.

List of partner cities


Cities  with more than 100 000 inhabitants:

  1. Białystok
  2. Bielsko Biała
  3. Bydgoszcz
  4. Bytom
  5. Chorzów
  6. Częstochowa
  7. Dąbrowa Górnicza
  8. Elbląg
  9. Gdańsk
  10. Gdynia
  11. Gliwice
  12. Gorzów Wielkopolski
  13. Kalisz
  14. Katowice
  15. Kielce
  16. Kraków
  17. Legnica
  18. Lublin
  19. Łódź
  20. Olsztyn
  21. Opole
  22. Płock
  23. Poznań
  24. Radom
  25. Ruda Śląska
  26. Rybnik
  27. Rzeszów
  28. Sosnowiec
  29. Szczecin
  30. Tarnów
  31. Toruń
  32. Tychy
  33. Wałbrzych
  34. Włocławek
  35. Wrocław
  36. Zabrze
  37. Zielona Góra

Cities  with more than 90 000 inhabitants

  1. Grudziądz
  2. Jaworzno
  3. Słupsk

Other partner cities:

  1. Mysłowice
  2. Siemianowice śląskie
  3. Czeladź
  4. Sopot



For other cities  “Guidelines for the Urban Adaptation Plans preparation” was prepared in the polish Ministry of the Environment, which shows methodology and checklist for the process of climate change adaptation plan development at local level. It can be used by any local governments to coordinate climate change adaptation plans development process. This Document can be used by the governments in cities that are nor a part of the non-competitive project.


Link1 Instytu Ochrony Środowiska Ministerstwo Ochrony Środowiska