Climate change adaptation is a complex topic that requires interdisciplinary work and involves many stakeholders. Coping with the existing and future climate change risks and exploiting opportunities requires interventions on many levels of governance and by the private sector, through a range of organisations and networks. This sections provides an overview of the main relevant organisations, networks and knowledge sharing platforms.
At international level, the UNFCCC recognises that adaptation is a second element of climate policy complementary to mitigation. A broad range of international organisations and co-operative programs and networks active at global level are accessible here. More links to knowledge-sharing platforms managed by various actors at global level are available here.
At EU level, the European Commission has an EU adaptation strategy to support action by promoting greater coordination and information-sharing between Member States, and by ensuring that adaptation considerations are addressed in all relevant EU policies. The Directorate-General for Climate Action (DG CLIMA) of the European Commission works with the Member States through the Working Group on Adaptation of the Climate Change Committee on implementation of the strategy and further initiatives in this area. The European Environment Agency (EEA) supported by the European Topic Center on Climate Change, vulnerability and Adaptation (ETC/CCA) provides knowledge and assessments for adaptation in Europe A broad range of organisations that operate on the European (both EU and non-EU) level is accessible here.
Organisations at transnational level are increasingly active on adaptation to climate change, e. g. within the frame of the Alpine and Carpathian Conventions or within networks of EU Member States (e.g. for the Baltic Sea Region). Intergovernmental bodies and networks that address the challenges of climate change at this transboundary level can be found here.
National, regional and local level governance and networks
At national level, national governments are addressing risks and opportunities related to climate change, e. g. via the development of National Adaptation Strategies (NAS), National Action Plans (NAP) and a set of other policy activities. Information on organisations that operate on national, regional and local level can be found per country on the national (country) adaptation pages of CLIMATE-ADAPT. The EEA manages the Eionet, which includes national reference centres on climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation.