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  • 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.

  • Nature-Based Solutions for climate change adaptation in buildings: Concepts and pilot solutions for Portugal and Spain

    30 Aug 2022

    In the Open Access Journal 'Urban Green Spaces' the chapter 'Nature-based solutions: prototypes and pilot solutions in the study areas' provides information on the prototypes developed by the EU LIFE-myBUILDINGisGREEN project in order to contribute to improving resilience in scholar and social buildings by the use of autochthonous vegetation. These NbS prototypes (building adaptation) are applied on walls, roofs, playgrounds, and exterior surfaces of three pilot buildings in Portugal and Badajoz (Spain).

  • Consultation on European Research & Innovation Roadmap for Nature-based Solutions

    25 Aug 2022

    The EU NetworkNature project is facilitating the development of the EU R&I Roadmap for Nature-based Solutions and is now opening a public consultation on its first draft until the 18 September 2022. The roadmap aims to bring forward key levers for R&I to help achieve the EU goals for NbS development and deployment and further bridge knowledge needs and implementation gaps in the context of climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction.

  • Estimation of costs resulting from climate change in Germany

    24 Aug 2022

    A recently published study estimates the costs in Germany of the exceptionally hot and dry summers of 2018 and 2019 and the floods, in particular on the Ahr and Erft rivers, in 2021. The research, commissioned by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Action (BMWK) and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV) shows that tangible losses resulting from extreme weather events amount to at least 80 billion euros since 2018.

  • Taking Nature-based Solutions up the policy ladder - from research to policy action, a knowledge brief

    18 Aug 2022

    The knowledge brief, prepared by the EU funded NetworkNature project, aims to disentangle the complexities associated with the integration of research and policy with respect to Nature-based Solutions (NbS). The brief provides an overview of the NbS knowledge gaps regarding climate adaptation and mitigation measures in restoring ecosystems. This can support policy makers in better understanding the research needs which can strengthen the implementation of NbS.

  • Nature-based Solutions for climate adaptation measures to be implemented at Katowice Airport, Poland

    17 Aug 2022

    One year after the start of the LIFE Archiclima project, aiming at effectively supporting property managers and owners in building resilience to the threatening effects of climate change, the project plans to convert up to around 2000 m2 of impervious paved surfaces into lawns and rain gardens located directly in front of passenger terminals of the Katowice Airport. The applied Nature-based Solutions are intended to reduce the temperature during the increasingly frequent heat waves and increase the safety of the facility and its users in the event of heavy rains and the risk of flash floods.

  • Brochure about Impact of Natural Hazards on Hazardous Installations

    17 Aug 2022

    The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a brochure aiming to raise awareness and listing the work and resources of international organisations which support the understanding of Natural Hazards at Hazardous Installations (Natech) risks. The brochure is intended for a broad audience, including industry, public authorities and practitioners involved in industrial safety and civil protection.

  • New climate change country profiles show key health risks and priority areas for action in European Region

    17 Aug 2022

    The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have launched the Health and Climate Change Country Profiles to give an overview of critical areas for action to combat these threats, and to provide links to available resources. Developed in collaboration with national health services, they summarize evidence of the climate hazards and health risks facing countries.