INNOVA, Innovation in Climate Services Provision

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.

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.

Innovation hubs

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.