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Securing future water supply on regional and local level in the River Lavant Valley, Carinthia

The densely populated River Lavant valley region in the eastern part of Carinthia in the southern Austrian Alps is characterised by a low level of precipitation, geological conditions unfavourable to groundwater storage and a limited number of springs that can be used for water supply. In the past decades, annual precipitation amounts have declined significantly, and the region has been affected by water shortages during hot summers several times

Enhancing Nature-Based Solutions in Serbia : The role of ecosystems in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation

This scoping study has been developed to enable better understanding of the Serbian national context, in terms of the institutional, policy and legal framework and reveal the key challenges for the application of Nature-Based Solutions along with the recommendations and entry points for the mainstreaming of Nature-Based Solutions into national disaster risk reduction and climate change policies and strategies.

Towards a more resilient Lisbon UrbaN Green InfraStructure as an adaptation to climate change

Under the changing climate, Lisbon faces increased risks of drought, seasonal flooding and extreme temperatures that have negative impacts on health and quality of life in the city. The LIFE LUNGS project aims to increase the resilience of Lisbon by implementing the municipal climate adaptation strategy through green infrastructure and promotion of related ecosystem services

Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC)

The Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) is the heart of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. It monitors events around the globe and ensures rapid deployment of emergency support in the aftermath of major disasters, including those worsened by climate change, such as drought, wildfire, etc

The Impact of Natural Hazards on Hazardous Installations

Natural hazards, such as earthquakes, floods or storms, can initiate events which may challenge the safety and operation of hazardous installations and trigger an accident. These accidents are referred to as Natural hazard triggered Technological accidents -Natech

Compendium On Comprehensive Risk Management Approaches

This UNFCCC compendium provides an overview of approaches to comprehensive risk management at different levels, including, risk assessment, risk reduction, financial risk transfer, risk retention, and transformational approaches, as well as an overview on enabling environment for these approaches.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development - Climate Change

Progress towards net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 must go hand in hand with a concerted focus on building the resilience of people, economies and ecosystems to the rapidly increasing impacts of climate change. The Paris Agreement recognises the importance of enhancing adaptation and fostering climate resilience

Urban stormwater management in Augustenborg, Malmö

During the 1980s and 1990s, the neighbourhood of Augustenborg in Malmö was an area of social and economic decline and was frequently flooded by an overflowing drainage system. Between 1998 and 2002, the area was regenerated

‘Mückenatlas’: A citizen science project for mosquito surveillance in Germany

(Case study developed for the European Climate and Health Observatory) Disease agents transmitted to animals and humans by mosquito bites have gained attention throughout the EU, as cases of dengue, chikungunya and West Nile Virus (WNV) have been recorded, especially in southern Europe. However, the spread of the mosquito species carrying these disease pathogens (such as viruses, bacteria and parasites that can cause diseases) has also been documented in more northern countries, including Germany

Paris Oasis Schoolyard Programme, France

After the devastating 2003 and 2017 heatwaves and in light of projections that predict increasing frequency and duration of heatwaves in the future, the City of Paris embarked on developing a range of initiatives to address this threat recognising that different social groups and different areas of the city have unequal vulnerabilities. Having identified the high level of soil sealing and lack of access to green cool spaces as some of the key spatial factors behind increased vulnerability to heatwaves, Paris developed the “OASIS – Openness, Adaptation, Sensitisation, Innovation and Social Ties” schoolyard greening programme, an example of just adaptation initiative that addresses the most vulnerable population

The United Nations World Water Development Report 2018: Nature-based Solutions for Water

The global demand for water has been increasing at a rate of about 1% per year over the past decades as a function of population growth, economic development and changing consumption patterns, among other factors, and it will continue to grow significantly over the foreseeable future. At the same time, the global water cycle is intensifying due to climate change, with wetter regions generally becoming wetter and drier regions becoming even drier

The United Nations World Water Development Report 2020: Water and Climate Change

The 2020 edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report (UN WWDR 2020) entitled ‘Water and Climate Change’ aims at helping the water community to tackle the challenges of climate change and informing the climate change community about the opportunities that improved water management offers in terms of adaptation and mitigation. The scientific evidence is clear: the climate is changing and will continue to change, affecting societies mainly through water

People-Driven: Adapting Cities for Tomorrow

The overarching objective of the   LIFE PACT project is to develop and test an integrated approach to urban climate change adaptation (CCA) that draws on the efforts of multiple stakeholders, including local government, citizens, universities and private actors, to more effectively implement Nature Based Solutions (NBS). Specifically, the project team aims to: Deploy NBS across several pilot and replication sites; Develop and test a replicable method for engaging citizens in the deployment of NBS; Develop and test a replicable method for engaging local stakeholders in the deployment of NBS; Improve the knowledge base for NBS deployment by developing a digital tool to facilitate, track, and analyse the uptake of NBS in citizens’ private outdoor spaces

Urbanization and Climate Diplomacy: The Stake of Cities in Global Climate Governance

This paper examines the role of cities and city networks in the current international climate policy architecture, such as the evolution of intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) and climate finance, as well as the role that cities should play based on their potential to drive climate policies from the bottom up. First it examines the historical and current role of cities in climate diplomacy

Coastal adaptation processes in the German Baltic Sea Region.

This report was prepared as part of the RADOST (Regional Adaptation Strategies for the German Baltic Sea Coast, 20092014) project, which aims at developing climate change adaption strategies in cooperation with science, economy, administration and the public.

Adaptation to the Climate Change in Poland

The document is based on Polish National Adaptation Strategy for Climate Change (NAS 2020) and summarizes the main issues related to climate change and adaptation needs for the most vulnerable sectors and areas: water management, coasts, health, urban areas, transports, energy, forest, agriculture, biodiversity, and mountain areas.

Adaptation to Climate Change in the Baltic States. A background paper

In the Baltic States, the portfolio of adaptation measures applied is limited. Addressing climate change adaptation is necessary, not only in order to be consistent with EU targets and visions, but in particular in view of the fact that some regions of the Baltic States are already experiencing first changes in the natural environment

3rd Open European Day 2016 Conference Report

Circa 130 participants joined the 3rd Open European Day to learn about adaptation in practice, but also to share their experience through interactive exchange, touch base on their daily work on adaptation, and discuss challenges and solutions. In addition to cities, stakeholders from universities and research institutes, international organizations, national and regional governments, local NGOs, as well as consultancies and freelancers participated

WHO Atlas of Health and Climate

The WHO Atlas of Health and Climate does not offer world-wide maps of direct and indirect climate impacts on health but illustrates the phenomena with numerous case studies. Its features a dedicated section on emerging environmental challenges which, i

Marine sustainability in an age of changing oceans and seas

The report – resulting from the collaboration between the European Academies of Science Advisory Council (EASAC) and the EC Joint Research Centre (JRC) – aims at contributing to the governance challenge of how to integrate the various aspects of marine policy (fisheries management, biodiversity conservation, marine environmental protection and integrated approach, as those promoted through IMP and MSP) as part of a coherent ecosystem approach. It considers how current science knowledge on marine ecosystems and the organisation of science can support an integrated approach to management of the seas

Adaptation in water and coastal areas in Puglia, Italy

This report presents the results of the Pilot study 3 of the Orientgate (A network for the integration of climate knowledge into policy and planning) project. The pilot study 3 focused on providing tools and guidelines for local and regional authorities to assess vulnerabilities and risks posed by climate change and variability and related extreme events (with a focus on droughts) on domestic water supply, agriculture and coastal areas

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