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For the implementation of the European Economic Area (EEA) Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 program, Hungary has signed a Cooperation Agreement with the representatives of Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. The Agreement should be read together with the Regulations of the EEA Financial Mechanism 2009-2014.

The Cooperation Agreement between the EEA Financial Mechanism’s donor states (Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) has entrusted the Financial Mechanism Office in Hungary (Financial Mechanism Office, in short FMO) with the operation of the "Adaptation to Climate Change" program.

The FMO and the Central and Eastern European Regional Environmental Center (Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe, in short REC) has agreed in November 2011 that the REC will be the fund manager of the "Adaptation to Climate Change in Hungary" program.

By signing the Program Implementation Agreement between the REC and the FMO, the REC is the official fund manager of the "Adaptation to Climate Change in Hungary" program. Under the agreement, the REC is responsible for the elaboration and implementation of the program.

The overall objective of the program called “Increasing the resistance towards the impacts of the climate change" is to facilitate the adaptation to the impacts of the climate change, to deepen the knowledge of the impacts of the climate change and any problems that may arise in the future, to increase social awareness and to show model projects that reduce the adverse consequences of climate change.

The implementation of the program is aimed at laying the foundations of a system that provides reliable data base to elaborate the domestic adaptation measures at different levels (national, regional, local), contributing to the activities related to the adaptation, mobilizing the affected parties and the local decision-makers, informing and preparing the participants to develop and implement the local adaptation strategies, strengthening the resistance to the impacts of the climate change taking the local effect and the vulnerability of the local community into account.

Within the program, model projects will be implemented that will serve as examples that can be repeated to increase the resistance to climate change at local and sub-regional scale. Another expected benefit is that the local population becomes familiar with the issues related to climate, understands the importance and the impact of specific actions easier.

Furthermore, as a result of the program, it is expected that the bilateral relations between the public and private organizations of the donor countries and Hungary (local governments, government organizations and agencies, local organizations of central government agencies) will strengthen.

The program is fully consistent with the objectives of the EEA and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014. While the program focuses on the adaptation to the impacts of climate change, it also formulates goals in a broader sense, such as the reduction of economic and social inequalities. It wants to achieve these goals together with the handling of the adverse effects of climate change.

The program has been designed to implement projects that may serve as repeatable good models in the field of resistance to climate change and the improvement of water management / water conservation.
The overall objective is to improve water management, taking the effects of extreme weather events into account that are likely to occur more often in the coming decades. The expected uneven distribution of rainfall will have a major impact on the natural systems, the economic activities, the cultural and social conditions of the population. It provides financial support for the activities that facilitate the increase of resistance to the impacts of climate change that are consistent with the local sub-regional planning efforts and priorities.
It is important that the projects that receive the grant should be repeatable in other parts of the country (we should mention the challenges connected to general adaptation), and the project and its results should be made known to the wider public during the implementation; thus the presented example will be well known, the used technique will be available for other regions, and may become good practice.