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Climate-ADAPT case studies showcase measures that are already being carried out in Europe to increase resilience to extreme weather and slow-onset events, as well as improve adaptation to climate change. They are aimed at supporting policy and decision-makers, in particular at the local and regional scale, in their efforts to cope with the effects of climate change by demonstrating the implementation of real adaptation measures.

These case studies have a comprehensive structure that covers all the key aspects in the implementation cycle of adaptation measures and are specifically developed by EEA with the support of the ETC/CCA and the participation of the organisations which are responsible for their implementation.

Climate-ADAPT case studies cover a range of sectors including agriculture, biodiversity, buildings, coastal areas, disaster risk reduction, energy, financial, forestry, health, transport, urban and water management. They also cover many different impacts (drought, extreme temperatures, flooding, sea level rise, storms, water scarcity) and a wide number of countries. This collection is continuously improved with new case studies, aiming to reach as much as possible a balance distribution of represented sectors, climate-related impacts and different geographic locations.

Case studies can also be accessed and browsed through the Climate-ADAPT database.

Three key criteria have been defined for selecting Climate Adapt case studies:

  • Actual implementation; the case studies shall describe either implemented adaptation measures or measures which are in an implementation phase.
  • Clear link to climate change adaptation; the case studies shall describe measures which have been designed and implemented to reduce vulnerability to climate change and/or address its impacts or opportunities, therefore also adopting a long-term perspective.
  • Accessibility to more detailed information; more detailed information on the case studies shall be easily accessible and re-assessment should be feasible.

Beyond aiming to improve climate change adaptation and resilience, these measures are often initiated to meet a range of policy objectives and bring co-benefits, such as habitat restoration, biodiversity preservation, urban redevelopment, improved health and well-being in cities, and disaster risk reduction.

Climate-ADAPT stakeholders are really welcome to share information about their own experiences on concrete examples of implemented adaptation measures by contacting climate.adapt@eea.europa.eu.