Three new reports on economics for disaster prevention and preparedness

16 May 2024

Based on research from the World Bank and the European Commission, three new reports focus on prioritizing investments in disaster and climate resilience, costing climate change adaptation, and advancing financial resilience have been developed. They provide decision-makers and practitioners with evidence, data, and tools to improve disaster and climate resilience in Europe, contributing to more effective and strategic investments in prevention, preparedness, and adaptation. Findings from these reports include that countries need to start to develop adaptation pathways by combining information on current and future climate risks with multidisciplinary expertise.

New publication on mapping the governance of sea level changes in Denmark, the Netherlands and the UK

07 May 2024

The report: 'Mapping the Governance of Sea Level Changes in Denmark, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom', commissioned by the Norwegian Environment Agency and developed by the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), explores and documents the management of sea level change in these countries. It examines how responsibility is distributed, which knowledge tools and databases are used, which financial mechanisms exist, and general experiences that Norway can learn from.

EU Sparks for Climate - a citizens hackathon competition

07 May 2024

The EU Sparks for Climate hackathon is an EU-supported initiative aimed at bringing citizens and experts together to develop innovative solutions to climate challenges. Teams of citizens and researchers will work together in series of 3 stages of EU-wide hackathons to co-create solutions that can support the EU missions on Adaptation to Climate Change and Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities.

New publication: Sea-Level Rise and Extremes in Norway

07 May 2024

As a result of global warming, glaciers and the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets are losing mass and the oceans are warming, causing global sea-level rise. This poses a growing risk that coastal countries, including Norway, will have to adapt to. This report, jointly developed by Norwegian scientific organisations under the Norwegian Centre for Climate Services (NCCS) uses projections based on IPCC AR6. It provides a knowledge base for policy and decision makers working with mitigation and adaptation strategies for coastal planning in Norway.

Climate change adaptation consultion service in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

06 May 2024

From the beginning of 2024, the North Rhine-Westphalia Federal State Office of Nature, Environment and Consumer Protection (LANUV NRW) in Germany, runs the Climate Change Adaptation Consulting service on the platform of the Climate Atlas of North Rhine-Westphalia. With this service, the LANUV NRW specifically supports cities, municipalities and districts in North Rhine-Westphalia to actively prepare for climate change or to continue the path towards increased resilience to where they have already embarked on.

Findings from EU funded projects' and EU Mission Adaptation Community of Practice webinar on adaptation knowledge platforms available

06 May 2024

A number of European Commission (EC)-funded projects and the EU Mission Adaptation Community of Practice organized a webinar on 7 February 2024, engaging with European national and regional/transnational climate adaptation (knowledge) platforms (CAPs), to explore potential synergies, share insights and foster collaboration to advance climate adaptation initiatives.

REGREEN policy briefs

06 May 2024

REGREEN, an EU funded Horizon 2020 project on fostering nature-based solutions for equitable, green and healthy urban transitions, has produced 12 policy briefs, synthesizing key insights and recommendations for policy makers in cities and regions, practitioners and researchers.

Lessons learnt on building resilience through adaptation at the local level

06 May 2024

The Covenant of Mayor’s Policy Support Facility has worked with cities across Europe to help them implement climate adaptation measures. The 'Building Resilience through Adaptation at the Local Level' report summarizes key lessons learned from the two-year program and dives into the experiences of cities along their journey to strengthen their climate resilience and implement adaptation measures.

European State of the Climate 2023

03 May 2024

The European State of the Climate 2023 report, jointly published by the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), highlights the record high temperatures, heatwaves, wildfires and severe floodings that Europe experienced in 2023. Moreover, that year had the highest number of days with extreme heat stress, affecting large parts of Europe.

Germany's 'Blauer Kompass' award 2024: New submission record for climate adaptation projects

02 May 2024

The ‘Blauer Kompass’ (Blue Compass) Adaptation Award is the highest state award in Germany for climate adaptation projects, organised by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV), and the German Environment Agency (UBA). The competition aims to present solutions for preparing for and adapting to the impacts of climate change. This year’s competition has attracted a record-breaking 301 applications, of which 20 outstanding projects will be selected for nomination. One project will receive a community award, for which the online voting starts at the end of May, while four further projects will be selected by a jury. The award ceremony is set for 19 September 2024.

Key messages on standardization of climate services

02 May 2024

The EU-funded Climateurope2 project annually formulates key messages for the standardization of climate services, applicable for European standardisation bodies and relevant organizations. They aim to support the development of high-quality and easily accessible climate services, including for policy-makers.

EEA report: Cities are key to a climate-resilient Europe, stronger adaptation targets can boost progress

29 Apr 2024

Most Europeans live in urban areas and cities play a key role in protecting citizens and improving the resilience of European societies against the increasing impacts of climate change. The recently published European Environment Agency’s report: 'Urban adaptation in Europe: what works?' takes stock of urban adaptation in Europe, showcasing what actions cities are taking in response to increasing climate risks, and what is already working.

Summary of Climateurope2 festival

25 Apr 2024

Under the title 'Bridging science, services and standards for a climate-resilient future', the EU-funded Climateurope2 festival was held in Venice, Italy, from March 11-13, 2024. Once session focused on how climate services support the EU Mission on Climate Change Adaptation, contributing to the efforts of EU regions, cities, and local authorities in increasing resilience against climate change impacts.

2024 calls for project proposals of the LIFE programme

19 Apr 2024

CINEA recently published the 2024 calls for project proposals of the LIFE programme, inviting interested and eligible organisations to apply for LIFE funding for their projects.

Climate-ADAPT evaluation survey open until 13 May 2024

17 Apr 2024

We invite you to participate in a survey on Climate-ADAPT and its two sub-sites, the European Climate and Health Observatory and the EU Mission on Adaptation to Climate Change Portal. Completing the questionnaire will take approximately 15 minutes. The evaluation is commissioned by the Directorate-General for Climate Action and the European Environment Agency and conducted by Ramboll.

Improved EU Funding & Tenders Portal

12 Apr 2024

The Directorate-General for Informatics (DIGIT) announced that the EU Funding and Tenders Portal has a new design and advanced search capabilities. That allows to find information relevant to adaptation more easily. With the portal users can discover funding and tenders opportunities, implemented through the EU 2021-2027 multiannual financial framework, divided by heading and cluster. There is access to specific EU funding Programme’s information, from reference documents to eligibility criteria and guidelines for participants or projects and results.

2023 Monitoring Report on the German Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change

09 Apr 2024

The German Federal government presents the third ⁠monitoring⁠ report on the German strategy for adaptation to climate change. This report provides scientifically sound and accessible information for the public as well as decision-makers in all sectors on tangible impacts of climate change in 2023 and on adaptation that is taking place. The previous report dates from 2019.

Buildings and Climate Global Forum – Declaration de Chaillot

29 Mar 2024

The first ever Buildings and Climate Global Forum, organised by the French Government and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), concluded with the adoption by representatives of 70 countries of the Declaration de Chaillot, a foundational document for international cooperation that will enable progress towards a rapid, fair, and effective transition of the sector. They will develop an operational roadmap with a monitoring mechanism to address the combined challenges of decarbonisation, adaptation and resilience, and transition in the buildings sector.

WMO Climate change indicators show record levels in 2023

25 Mar 2024

The State of Global Climate report from the World Meteorological Organization confirms that 2023 broke records for many climate indicators. Heatwaves, floods, droughts, wildfires and rapidly intensifying tropical cyclones caused misery and mayhem, upending every-day life for millions. Cost of climate inaction is found to be higher than cost of climate action.

GreenData4All call to deliver on Europe's green and digital transformation

19 Mar 2024

The ‘GreenData4All’ initiative should update EU rules on environmental geospatial data and on public access to environmental information, to enable greater sharing of data between the public & private sectors and with the general public and to unlock the full benefits of data sharing for data-driven innovation and evidence-based decisions, also for climate adaptation.

Prolonged drought and record temperatures have critical impact in the Mediterranean

18 Mar 2024

According to a report by the European Commission's Joint Research Center (JRC), events caused by climate change have affected Europe for more than two years and northern Africa for six years, causing water shortages and hampering vegetation growth. Long-lasting, above-average temperatures, warm spells and poor precipitation have led to severe drought conditions in for example in Southern Italy, Southern Spain and Malta.

Communities for Climate: European Commission initiative for local action to respond to climate change

18 Mar 2024

The European Commission has launched the Communities for Climate (C4C) pilot action, designed to empower local communities across Europe to take meaningful steps towards addressing climate change. C4C will support 50 local projects located in eleven eligible EU countries, focusing on regenerating biodiversity, water management, circular economies, or renewable energy. The call for submissions is open until 3 April 2024.

8th Environment Action Programme (EAP) mid-term review result: key legislation adopted to achieve EU climate objectives

17 Mar 2024

The eighth Environment Action Programme (EAP) mid-term review shows that the EU’s objectives under the European Green Deal are attainable if the actions planned are fully implemented. Progress on climate change mitigation and adaptation includes the adoption of key legislation to achieve climate neutrality, in particular the EU Climate Law, the Fit for 55 package of legislation and the 2021 Climate Adaptation Strategy.

European Commission's Communication on managing climate risks in Europe

15 Mar 2024

The European Commission published a Communication on managing climate risks in Europe, supported by the European Climate Risk Assessment (EUCRA), a scientific report by the European Environment Agency. It sets out how the EU and its Member States can better anticipate, understand, and address growing climate risks. It further presents how they can prepare and implement policies that save lives, cut costs, and protect prosperity across the EU.

CLIMAAX Handbook: step-by-step framework, guiding regions through a complete climate risk assessment

14 Mar 2024

The EU funded CLIMAAX (CLIMAte risk and vulnerability Assessment framework and toolboX) project recently published its digital handbook: a dedicated guide for regions navigating the complexities of current and future climate risk. The aim of this handbook is to help regions understand what their climate risks are and inspire them to take action.

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