West Athens

Case Study: West Athens Functional Area, Greece

Partnership and Stakeholder Engagement

Soteria fosters dynamic partnerships to address climate risks to the socially vulnerable functional urban area (FUA) of West Athens. Collaborating with the local insurance sector, alongside NCSRD, our initiative engages diverse stakeholders coming from the local WA municipalities, local communities, vulnerable populations, academic establishments and private sector. This collective effort ensures a comprehensive approach to climate resilience across urban and peri-urban areas.

Climate Hazards

Soteria project spearheads collaborative efforts to address climate risks in Greece’s West Athens Functional Area (ASDA). Partnering with insurers like DIMOS EGALEO (EGL) and Ethniki AEEGA (Ethniki), alongside key stakeholders such as the Municipality of Egaleo and Ethniki Asfalistiki, our initiative engages a wide array of participants. These include local authorities, development agencies, private insurers, academic institutions, and the Hellenic Association of Insurance Companies. This diverse collaboration ensures a holistic approach to climate resilience across urban and forest interface areas.

Addressing Diverse Hazards

The West Athens Functional Area faces various climate hazards, including stormwater, floods, droughts, heatwaves, wind and wildfires. Our project endeavours to develop tailored solutions to mitigate these risks and enhance the region's resilience. We aim to strengthen adaptive capacity and minimise the impact of climate-related events on socially vulnerable communities and ecosystems by implementing Nature-Based Solutions (NBS), mutualised approaches, and investments in public infrastructure.

Testing Innovative Solutions

Our pilot initiatives in the West Athens Functional Urban Area encompass testing innovative solutions to address climate risks and promote equitable climate adaptation effectively. These include implementing Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) for climate adaptation, mutualised approaches to risk management, addressing energy poverty, and enhancements to public infrastructure resilience. Additionally, we are assessing new insurance streams to cover emerging hazards and developing innovative insurance products to meet the evolving community needs.

Co-developing Policy Recommendations

Central to our approach is the co-development of policy recommendations with stakeholders to inform climate resilience strategies. Through collaborative workshops and engagement sessions, we aim to identify targeted actions for just and equitable climate adaptation. These actions include identifying NBS based interventions in dense urban environments and assessing the feasibility of new insurance products to cover a range of climate-related risks that are not presently mainstreamed (droughts, heatwaves). Furthermore, we are working closely with stakeholders to develop four policy recommendations to enhance climate resilience in the West Athens Functional Area.

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

The key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure the success of our initiatives in West Athens include identifying targeted actions for climate adaptation, alignment with Integrated Territorial Initiative funding, assessment of new insurance streams, and the co-development of over four policy recommendations with stakeholders. These KPIs serve as critical metrics to gauge the success of our efforts in enhancing climate resilience in the West Athens Functional Area of Greece.