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Identifying adaptation options

3.3 Describing adaptation options in detail

To be able to compare and prioritise adaptation options, all eligible options should be characterized as concretely as possible. This will also provide an important basis for the implementation.

Information should be provided for the following points, as far as this is feasible:

  • Overarching objective (e.g. for a sector or region)
  • General aim of the adaptation option
  • Spatial scope
  • Social, economic and ecological context, issues related to vulnerable groups
  • Significance
  • Connection to other sectors
  • Transboundary aspects if any
  • Connection to existing instruments or measures
  • Stage of implementation
  • Necessary steps of implementation and maintenance
  • Responsible actors and supportive actors for the implementation
  • Financial and/or other resources required
  • Potential conflicts
  • Time frame for planning and implementing to be fully effective