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  • Designing climate resilient landscapes: State of the art projects in Europe

    27 Sep 2022

    This publication, published as one contribution to the Czech Presidency of the European Union, brings together some of the best practice-oriented projects currently being implemented in Europe in the field of climate change adaptation. They cover a range of measures from water retention in the landscape, soil restoration, increasing forest resilience, and restoring ecosystem services.

  • Øresund Bridge now set to resist a 10,000-year storm surge

    23 Sep 2022

    The Ministry of Environment of Denmark and the Environmental Protection Agency, in collaboration with several other ministries, agencies and organisations have published a new case study on the Øresund bridge. The Øresundsbro Konsortiet is protecting the four-kilometre-long tunnel against storm surges. When the current projects have been completed in 2025, the tunnel part of the Øresund link will be able to withstand a 10,000-year storm surge, projected up to 2050. The current infrastructure projects involve building new dikes and a concrete wall for flood protection.

  • The citadel in Copenhagen can now cope with a 1,000-year rainfall

    23 Sep 2022

    The Ministry of Environment of Denmark and the Environmental Protection Agency, in collaboration with several other ministries, agencies and organisations have published a new case study on urban climate adaptation in Copenhagen. Seven cast-iron manhole covers on the ground are the only sign of extensive and very complex flood protection for the Citadel in Østerbro, Copenhagen. The fortification is a listed ancient monument. In recent years, the Citadel has been exposed to several torrential flood events following cloudbursts. Following major underground work, the Danish Defence Estates and Infrastructure Organisation has now secured the Citadel against a 1,000-year rainfall event.

  • Green Deal going local handbook: Giving local and regional authorities guidance for the green transition

    23 Sep 2022

    In order to equip local and regional authorities with the right measures to deal with the hazards of climate change, the Committee of the Regions has published the “Green Deal going local handbook” that provides targeted guidance on financial aid and technical assistance in the field of adaptation. In the future, similar guidance will be developed on the areas of the renovation wave and biodiversity protection.

  • Members of the European Parliament say the European Union must urgently strengthen its climate action

    21 Sep 2022

    The European Parliament adopted a set of recommendations following a summer in 2022 of devastating droughts, forest fires and other extreme weather phenomena across Europe. Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) adopted a resolution on increasing the European Union’s (EU) efforts to address climate change mitigation and adaptation. MEPs want the Commission to propose a comprehensive, ambitious and legally binding European climate adaptation framework, with particular emphasis on the EU’s most vulnerable regions. The EU should also continue to play an active role in defining a global goal for adaptation and in ensuring the international community meets its goal for international climate finance.

  • Climate risk analysis and adaptation in companies

    14 Sep 2022

    To facilitate the implementation of the European Union taxonomy, the German Environmental Agency has developed the recommendation "How to perform a robust climate risk and vulnerability assessment for EU Taxonomy reporting?". These recommendations describe how companies can practically proceed in order to meet the legal requirements to determine whether certain economic activities contribute significantly to European environmental goals, including climate protection and adaptation to climate change.

  • Water4All 2022 joint transnational call announcement

    14 Sep 2022

    The joint transnational call for research and innovation projects under the framework of the European partnership Water4All on: “Management of water resources: resilience, adaptation and mitigation to hydroclimatic extreme events and management tools” is now open. The call supports projects aimed at delivering knowledge, models, approaches, tools and methodologies to better understand hydrological processes to respond more efficiently to emerging climate change related water issues.

  • Ten recommendations on how to better protect cultural heritage from the impact of climate change

    14 Sep 2022

    The European Commission has published the report on “Strengthening cultural heritage resilience for climate change”. The information was gathered by the European Union Open Method of Coordination (OMC) group of Member States’ experts. The report provides a set of ten recommendations aimed at helping to strengthen cultural heritage resilience to climate change.

  • European Commission consults citizens and stakeholders on possible EU Soil Health Law

    07 Sep 2022

    On 1 August 2022, the European Commission launched an online public consultation on the development of a possible EU Soil Health Law. The EU Soil Strategy for 2030, adopted in 2021, announced that the Commission will table a new legislative proposal on soil health providing a comprehensive legal framework for soil protection. This proposal will complement the Nature Restoration Law and, ensure synergies with climate change mitigation and adaptation actions. Economic and societal actors and all interested parties, are invited to contribute to the consultation which is open until 25 October 2022.

  • European Commission consults on new EU framework for forest monitoring and strategic plans

    07 Sep 2022

    On 25 August 2022, the EC launched an online public consultation on the upcoming legislative proposal for a new EU framework for forest monitoring and strategic plans. The aim is to develop an EU-wide forest observation framework to provide open access to detailed and accurate information on the condition and management of the European forests, including the support of adaptation of forests to climate change. All stakeholders are invited to share their views on this initiative via an online consultation that runs until 17 November 2022.