Assessing adaptation options

4.3 Preparing a strategy document and getting political approval

Once the main concerns have been identified and preferred adaptation options have been selected a strategic framework for adaptation (strategy) can be established, summarising the findings from previous steps. With the strategic document on the table and having carried out a (wider) consultation with relevant authorities and further stakeholders, the political approval is essential for having a framework in place for implementing adaptation actions.

The strategic framework for adaptation (strategy) should be a reference document, summarising from the previous steps the following points:

  • General aim of adaptation and strategic direction, which is even more important if a transformative approach is chosen
  • Approach chosen to develop the strategy, including cooperation with authorities and other stakeholders (e.g. interest groups, NGOs, private sector)
  • Knowledge base and good practices (if explored), including a gap analysis
  • Main concerns caused by climate change and other influencing factors
  • Uncertainties in climate change, future developments and adaptation
  • Objectives for adaptation (for selected policy areas/sectors and/or themes)
  • Framework for action, including:
    • Provision for preparing an adaptation plan and/or sectoral plans
    • Setting a timeframe for developing concrete actions
    • Determining responsibilities and resources needed
    • Criteria for exploring, assessing and selecting adaptation options
  • Coordination and synergies between national and sub-national as well as sectoral (e.g. disaster risk prevention and management plans, flood risk management plans, river basin management plans) and trans-boundary adaptation responses
  • Activities for awareness raising, communication on adaptation and capacity building
  • System and timeframe for revision of strategy, including provisions for monitoring and evaluation
  • Outlook

An overview of EEA member countries who have developed National Adaptation Strategies is provided on the country profiles.

Climate-ADAPT database items

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