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  • Climate Risk Sourcebook published

    30 Oct 2023

    Funded by Germany's Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV) and Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), a new version of the Climate Risk Sourcebook (CR-SB), developed by Eurac’s Research Center for Climate Change and Transformation together with GIZ, UNU-EHS, GeoSphere Austria and IIASA, was launched during the Adaptation Futures 2023 Conference. The book delivers a conceptual framework for a comprehensive Climate Risk Assessment (CRA) together with modular instructions, divided in eight modules, on how it can be conducted. The guidelines were updated to be consistent with the most recent IPCC report (AR6), introducing external risk drivers, impact/risk cascades and systemic risks, and a new chapter on how CRAs inform Climate Risk Management (CRM).

  • Climate Risk Planning & Managing Tool for development programmes in agri-food systems launched

    30 Oct 2023

    The Climate Risk Planning & Managing Tool (CRISP) was launched during the Adaptation Futures Conference 2023. Eurac’s Research Center for Climate Change and Transformation, together with the Alliance for Biodiversity and CIAT, the Free University of Bolzano/Bozen and GIZ (German Development Cooperation), developed this interactive web-based tool to support and build capacities of agri-food development programs to integrate climate risks into their project design and implementation. The project was funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

  • Heatwaves, droughts, other extreme weather events increasingly influencing adaptation policies in Europe

    26 Oct 2023

    Climate risk assessments that take account of threats like heatwaves, droughts, floods and wildfires are increasingly being used to inform and improve national adaptation policies, according to the second European Environment Agency (EEA) assessment of EU member states' national adaptation actions published recently. The EEA briefing ‘Is Europe on track towards climate resilience? Status of reported national adaptation actions in 2023,’ presents the current state of play of national adaptation policies. It is underpinned by the findings of a technical paper, developed by the European Topic Centre on Climate Change Adaptation (ETC), and the information reported under the EU Governance Regulation (Article 17 and Article 19).

  • Policy brief on integrating climate services into cities’ municipal planning

    25 Oct 2023

    Climate services have proven to be an important aid for informed decision-making on climate adaptation in Europe. However, there is a general concern that climate services are not successful in reaching the last mile toward user implementation. This policy brief from the EU funded REACHOUT project shares results on co-developing knowledge and information, packaged as climate services and tools that support the process of climate resilient urban development.

  • Destination Earth - New web page informs on how a Digital Twin of the Earth will support climate change adaptation actions

    13 Oct 2023

    Destination Earth (DestinE) is a flagship initiative of the European Commission and a cornerstone to boost Europe's digital capabilities in support of actions addressing climate change impacts. The purpose is to model, monitor, and simulate natural phenomena, hazards, and related human activities. Destination Earth, implemented by ECMWF, ESA, and EUMETSAT, and governed by DG CNECT, is working on the creation of the digital twin of the Earth system with the first two thematic digital twins: Climate Change Adaptation and Weather-induced Extremes, due to launch as part of the DestinE system in the summer of 2024. Their ground-breaking interactive features will assist users in designing accurate and actionable adaptation strategies. This new website informs about the development process and timeline.

  • Taming wildfires in the context of climate change: the case of Portugal

    12 Oct 2023

    The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) launched a report that provides an overview of Portugal’s wildfire policies and practices. It also assesses the extent to which wildfire management in the country is evolving to adapt to growing wildfire risk under climate change. It complements the previous OECD report “Taming Wildfires in the Context of Climate Change” which provides a global assessment and outlook on wildfire risk in the context of climate change.

  • Drought Risk Atlas with novel approach to assess drought risks and support drought management

    12 Oct 2023

    The European Drought Risk Atlas provides for the first time a comprehensive assessment and mapping of drought risks and impacts in the EU for a global warming of 1.5, 2 and 3 degrees. The Atlas uses an innovative approach to address the complex characteristics of drought hazards, risks and impacts. The Atlas reveals that the current levels of drought risk are significantly high, with average annual losses posing both economic and environmental threats. The atlas aims to support the development and implementation of drought management and adaptation policies and actions across the European Union.

  • Climate-ADAPT country profiles offer updated information on national adaptation actions

    02 Oct 2023

    In March 2023, EU Member States complied with their second mandatory reporting of national adaptation actions under the Regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union and Climate Action, following the requirements of the first implementing regulation. Additionally, EEA member countries outside the EU were encouraged to voluntarily report on adaptation efforts. Based on this 2023 governmental reporting, the Climate-ADAPT country profiles offer a structured overview of each country's adaptation actions with links to public submissions.

  • LIFE peatland restoration projects meet up to boost climate action

    21 Sep 2023

    The LIFE Platform Meeting held in April 2023 in Berlin between two LIFE projects has brought collaboration for the restoration of threatened iconic peatlands. Denmark's LIFEraisedbogs and Marches Mosses BogLIFE in the UK are committed to restoring peatlands, vital for biodiversity, water conservation and retention, flood protection and tackling climate change adaptation and mitigation.

  • Most forests are less able to cope with hazards under climate change

    21 Sep 2023

    Climate change is weakening forests around the world. Increased climate variability and water shortages have made forests in warmer regions less able to recover from natural and anthropogenic disruptions. The study, led by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, provides new evidence of climate change’s effects on forests in Europe and around the world. It stresses the need to adopt ‘resilience thinking’ – managing the environment for resilience – if we are to solve forest management challenges in times of rapid climatic change.