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Summary for policymakers of the global assessment report on biodiversity and ecosystem services of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

The full report on the global state of biodiversity was presented to representatives of the (Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) members during the IPBES-7 Plenary in May 2019. At this meeting also the summary for policymakers was adopted; it contains 29 key messages and respective background information in the following areas: Nature and its vital contributions to people, which together embody biodiversity and ecosystem functions and services, are deteriorating worldwide


The emerging need for multi-model analysis has driven the creation of adaptation toolboxes, which both describe the steps to be undertaken for an adaptation risk management process as well as provide access and information on available methods and models to use in such an analysis. The number of tools and guidelines pertaining to climate change has skyrocketed, driven mostly by international aid agencies and NGOs, yet, there still is to be widespread use of a suite or toolbox of different methods

Managing the coast in a changing climate

This report, focussed on the English coastline, aims to investigate the extent to which responses to coastal change threats are in line with the current level of risk and future changes from climate change, and whether long-term outcomes and plans for the coast need to be revisited.

Deep-ocean climate change impacts on habitat, fish and fisheries

This publication focuses on the impacts of climatic changes on demersal fisheries, and the interactions of these fisheries with other species and vulnerable marine ecosystems. The publication underscores the fact adaptive monitoring and management mechanisms must be in place to ensure that fisheries are sustainable and the environment remains healthy and productive. Suggestions are provided as to the actions necessary.

The imperative of climate action to protect human health in Europe

Opportunities for adaptation to reduce the impacts and for mitigation to capitalise on the benefits of decarbonisation The European Union must accelerate its efforts to limit greenhouse gas emissions. This is urgently needed given the pace and scale of climate change, which also has a negative impact on human health.


This is the improved version of an adaptation support tool to explore climate change adaptation measures in an urban area. The tool allows the user to select an urban area, to draw adaptation options for flooding, drought and urban heat on a map, to compare adaptation options with regard to their effectiveness, and to calculate the distance to a pre-determined target

Nature-based solutions to address climate change

Climate change combines with other stressors that impact biodiversity, such as degradation and fragmentation of natural habitats, overexploitation, pollution, and invasive alien species. It also increases the frequency and severity of natural hazards such as floods, droughts, heat waves, and storms, with significant negative impacts on human populations

Marine and coastal environment - EEA SOER 2010 thematic assessment

European marine regions include the north-east Atlantic and Arctic oceans, and the Mediterranean, Black and Baltic seas. Human activities — such as fishing, aquaculture and agriculture — and climate change cause large and severe impacts on Europe's coastal and marine ecosystems

Natural Environment - Adapting To Climate Change, United Kingdom Government

This 2010 discussion-document sets out the UK approach to sustaining the benefits received from the natural environment in the face of a changing climate and highlights the crucial importance of a healthy natural environment in enabling society to adapt. It is prodiced by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the government department in the UK that leads on domestic adaptation policy

High-end Climate Change in Europe

In 2013, the European Commission funded three major projects to assess climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability for “high-end scenarios” - defined as global warming exceeding 2°C relative to pre-industrial. These projects are: HELIX (High-End cLimate Impacts and eXtreme); IMPRESSIONS (IMPacts and REsponses from highend Scenarios: Strategies for Innovative SolutiONS) RISES-AM (Responses to coastal climate change: Innovative Strategies for high-End Scenarios - Adaptation and Mitigation), This report presents the findings of these three projects as of early 2017

Forests and Climate Change Adaptation: a twofold approach

Forest provide a wide range of ecological, social and economic benefits, ranging from tangible economic values associated with forest products, to services and contributions to society that are much less easier to quantify. However, forests are under threat by various human-induced pressures - including land use change, landscape fragmentation, degradation of habitats and overextraction of resources

Future Imperfect – Climate Change and Adaptation in the Carpathians

This synthesis report "Future imperfect" presents the main trends of precipitation patterns, snow cover and temperature as a result of climate change. It also include the impacts of these trends on a number of ecosystem based production systems, and possible adaptation measures

Flood risks and environmental vulnerability. Exploring the synergies between floodplain restoration, water policies and thematic policies

Aiming to support the implementation of the EU Floods Directive, this EEA report pays particular attention in how environmental impacts can be linked to climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. Focusing on foodplains, the report considers the synergies at the intersection of water management, nature conservation and economic developments both in the field and on policy level


To achieve food security and agricultural development goals, adaptation to climate change and lower emission intensities per output will be necessary. This transformation must be accomplished without depletion of the natural resource base

Water resources in Europe in the context of vulnerability

This report describes how the natural cycle of water availability is continuously coming under threat from a variety of different pressures like droughts and water scarcity, pollution, and flood risks which all increase the vulnerability of the freshwater ecosystems and societies. Land use, water abstraction and climate change are human-induced changes that alter the natural flow regimes that exist in water bodies

Climate Change Plan 2010, United Kingdom

This Plan sets how the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra, a government department in the UK) will continue to deal with the challenges and opportunities of climate change. This includes adaptation – working with partners in Natural England, the Forestry Commission and the Environment Agency, and through a range of policies and practical steps

Balancing water needs among multiple users in a drought-prone coastal wetland

The Doñana region is a coastal wetland in the Guadalquivir River Basin District of Southern Spain, where water is shared among the natural and the artificial wetlands. The recent high temperature and drought episodes are influencing the view of local communities about the need for adaptation in the Doñana natural ecosystems and agricultural systems

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