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Mainstreaming of climate change adaptation into EU sectoral policies and EU funds, including marine and inland water issues, forestry, agriculture, biodiversity infrastructure as well as buildings, migration and social issues, is an essential component of a successful comprehensive adaptation policy.

Mainstreaming climate change adaptation in EU policies was one of the pillars of the European Commission's 2009 White Paper "Adapting to climate change: Towards a European framework for action" and continues to be an important goal of the 2013 EU strategy on adaptation to climate change . Furthermore, the framework set in the 7th Environment Action Programme to 2020 "Living well, within the limits of our planet" is also referring to mainstreaming adaptation into other EU policy fields.


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