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Bottom-up Climate Adaptation Strategies towards a Sustainable Europe (BASE)


Climate change can disrupt ecological, social and economic systems, with some regions and sectors suffering significantly. Therefore, adaptation plays a paramount role in responding to climate change. Progress has been made, but there are still important obstacles. Knowledge of the benefits and costs of adaptation is sparse, unsystematic and unevenly distributed across sectors and countries. Planning suffers from substantial uncertainties in terms of precise impacts. It is also difficult to reconcile the bottom-up nature of adaptation with top-down strategic policy making on adaptation. To address these challenges BASE will: Improve adaptation knowledge availability, integration and utilization Case studies will be used to understand facilitators of, and barriers to, adaptation. Over 20 cases have been selected to cover the diversity of adaptation, simultaneously paying attention to the need for generalization and comparability. The gap between top-down strategic assessments of costs and benefits and empirical context-sensitive bottom-up analyses will be bridged using novel combinations of models and qualitative analyses. Promote and strengthen stakeholder participation in adaptation BASE will support stakeholder involvement through novel participatory and co-design techniques. Successful bottom-up initiatives will be studied, and the use of knowledge, two-way learning, the role of social media and other awareness raising methods and tools will be explored. Support coherent, multi-level, multi-sector integrated adaptation policies BASE will provide policy guidelines by integrating lessons from past experiences, case studies, insights provided by modelling and stakeholder participation. Issues of multilevel, cross sectoral and inter-temporal governance that are presently weakly tackled will be highlighted. Potential conflicts and synergies of adaptation with other important policies will be explored to overcome constraints caused by context-related inertias.

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Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC), BC3 Basque Centre for Climate Change, Ecologic Institute, Fundacao da Faculdade de Ciencias da Universidade de Lisboa (FFCUL), Global Change Research Centre, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (CzechGlobe), Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), ISPRA - Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research, The Danish Board of Technology (DBT), University of Exeter, University of Leeds, UPM (Technical University of Madrid)

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Published in Climate-ADAPT Jun 07 2016   -   Last Modified in Climate-ADAPT Dec 06 2022

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