Elected representatives of Auvergne-RhôneAlpes’s mountainous local authorities were among the firsts to be confronted to the effects of climate change. Indeed, high altitude environments are more sensitive to climate variations and there, average annual temperatures have risen by 2°C over the last 60 years and snow levels have sharply fallen. Consequently, some mid-mountain resorts are leaving behind their once thriving ski resorts and reconverting.
For more than 10 years, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Energie-Environnement (AURA-EE) has shed a light on climate change and adaptation issues across the region. The regional agency’s actions include leading a network of experts and local authorities, writing methodological guides, training and action for local authorities, and involvement in the Regional Climate Air Energy Observatory (ORCAE) in charge of monitoring the effects of climate change.
In 2020, the agency released ClimaSTORY, a board game to encourage collective reflection, ideal for raising awareness among people with little or no knowledge of climate adaptation. Designed for all types of users, this educational support introduces a fictional territory facing the effects of climate change and proposes adaptation solutions around 5 economic activities: Agriculture and Forest; Industry; Tourism, Trade and Crafts; Health and Safety; Development, and Management of Resources and Biodiversity. Participants roleplay as representatives of one of these economic activities and devise a plan to overcome these challenges.
The board game comprises cooperation between administrative departments, local authorities and initiated public to decentralise their vision and reconsider their actions from the angle of climate change adaptation.
ClimaSTORY was showcased at the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region EUSALP event as part of the French presidency in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc on the 30th of September 2020. Participants acquired knowledge of the chain impacts of climate change, possible adaptation solutions, experience in spatialising the issues, governance solutions and the intervention plan to be implemented by the community.
The agency is preparing a training programme to become ClimaSTORY facilitator and is coordinating with other partners’ climate change adaptation tools. The English version of ClimaSTORY is now available and can be used as a basis for cooperation to build on.