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Review of climate change vulnerability, risk and adaptation assessment tools

This document aims to review climate change vulnerability, risk and adaptation assessment tools as a means of contextualizing and positioning the proposed Green and Blue Space Adaptation for Urban Areas and Eco-Towns (GRaBS) tool. It draws on evidence from international published literature, a web-review of tools and a number of other previous reviews

Adaptation to climate change (EU/ Espace)

Climate change urges us to reconsider the current practices of spatial planning. Adaptation to climate change requires a spatial approach on an international, national, regional and local level

Sweden facing climate change - threats and opportunities

The Commission on Climate and Vulnerability was appointed by the Swedish Government in June 2005 to assess regional and local impacts of global climate change and extreme whether events on the Swedish society including costs. This report summarises the results from the Commission

Uncertainty Communication, Issues and good practice

This report offers background information on uncertainty communication, and contains suggestions and guidance on how to communicate uncertainties in environmental assessment reports to several target audiences.

Planning for Climate Change: The Adaptation Challenge. A Nordic Perspective.

On September 11, 2007, a group of 70 practitioners, policymakers, researchers and other actors met in Helsinki to discuss one the most challenging and important issues on the current global agenda – climate change, and particularly adaptation to the effects of a changing climate. This conference, entitled, Planning for Climate Change: The Adaptation Challenge – A Nordic Perspective, organised by the Nordic Council of Ministers and Nordregio, Nordic Centre for Spatial Development, examined the challenges and opportunities inherent in climate change adaptation in the Nordic Countries and how planning and political processes can deal with these imperatives

Millennium Assessment Report

The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) was called for by the United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 2000. Initiated in 2001, the objective of the MA was to assess the consequences of ecosystem change for human well-being and the scientific basis for action needed to enhance the conservation and sustainable use of those systems and their contribution to human well-being

The Scottish Forestry Strategy

The core principles of Scottish Forestry Strategy s are based on sustainable development and social inclusion, achieved through a culture of ‘forestry for and with people’ and delivered in well managed forests and woodlands that integrate effectively with other land uses and businesses. The Scottish Executive’s first integrated framework for the long-term development of forestry in Scotland, Forests for Scotland - The Scottish Forestry Strategy was published in 2000

HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan

The HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan is an ambitious programme to restore the good ecological status of the Baltic marine environment by 2021. The strategy, adopted in 2007, is a crucial stepping stone for wider and more efficient actions to combat the continuing deterioration of the marine environment resulting from human activities

Guiding principles for adaptation to climate change in Europe

The aim of the study is to provide a starting point for further work by EEA and/or other organizations on identifying success factors and case studies on how good adaptation could work in practice at various governance levels and in different sectors. In order to achieve this, the paper presents a set of guiding principles for good adaptation in Europe and therein identifies specific elements that support its successful implementation

EEA SOER 2010 thematic assessment Understanding climate change

The climate change thematic assessment of the EEA's 2010 State-Of-the-Environment-and-outlook Report. Main conclusions: Average global air and ocean temperatures are rising, leading to the melting of snow and ice and rising global mean sea level

ETC/ACM Technical Paper 'Development of Adaptation Indicators'

A major contemporary issue for policy and decision-makers is to understand and respond to the impacts of climate change on environmental, social, and economic systems. Within this context, adaptation indicators are needed to : • Monitor the implementation of adaptation policies, measures and actions

EEA report Water resources across Europe — confronting water scarcity and drought

This report provides an up-to-date assessment of water resources across Europe with the key objectives of: a) describing spatial patterns and trends in water availability and abstraction, identifying those regions subject to the greatest water stress and the detrimental impacts that ensue; b) increasing awareness of the challenges of water scarcity and drought and the need for a fundamental shift to a more demand-led and therefore sustainable approach to water resource management; c) illustrating good practice across all relevant economic sectors with respect to demand-led sustainable water resource management; d) exploring the quality of current information on water availability and water use and thereby identifying gaps in knowledge.

Coastal Development: The Oder estuary and beyond, Coastline Reports (8)

This report reflects the content of the second German-Polish Coastal Dialogue carried out within the research project ICZM-Oder. In the report, you will find results not only from the ICZM-Oder project but also other ICZM-related projects with a geographical focus on the Baltic and North Seas

Six Steps to Flood Resilience

The Smarter Resilience, Tools, Technologies and Systems (SMARTeST) developed, tested and integrated innovative small scale measures to increase the flood resilience of the built environment. The Six Steps to Flood Resilience emerged out of the SMARTeST project

Revegetation to restore the hydrological cycle

The Mediterranean is a hot-spot of climate change, with projections of increased temperatures and a reduction of precipitation. In some semi-arid areas of the Mediterranean there has been a significant reduction of summer storms that bring rainfall in the driest period of the year, being crucial for many sectors (e

Agricultural Ecosystems - Facts and Trends

The rapid increase in food prices in many countries has led to substantial media attention on agriculture. This publication (2008) will help uncover some key trade-offs that mean extremely challenging decisions for governments, farmers, consumers and industry

Value Chain Climate Resilience- a guide to managing climate impacts in companies and communities

There are many benefits associated with taking a “value chain approach” to climate resilience because climate change affects companies beyond corporate fence lines and national borders, and presents important opportunities for lifecycle thinking and creative collaborations. Within this approach, special focus is given to local communities and the natural environment because of their essential roles within business value chains

A Guideline to Adapt Protected Area Management to Climate Change

This management handbook is written for protected area managers, conservation managers and management planners who want to adapt the management of natural resources to climate change. It provides guidelines on how to answer the most important questions of conservation and resource managers in the face of climate change: 1

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