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Adaptation to climate change, are governments prepared?

This joint report presents a cooperative audit based on eight individual national audit reports from Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia and Ukraine, and a fact-finding study by the European Court of Auditors. It reveals that the eight countries are in an early stage in adapting to climate change, and, so far, adaptation activities are related to identifying risk and vulnerabilities and to some extent policy development

Helping ecosystems in Europe to adapt to climate change

This report summarises much of the work based on studies and workshops, done by, and for, the Climate Change Group of the European Network of Heads of Nature Conservation Agencies (ENCA) between 2011 and 2013. The ENCA Climate Change Group is made up of experts in climate change and ecology from government conservation agencies across Europe

Monitoring Adaptation to Climate Change (MACC)

The excel tool “MACC” leads project managers through the five steps of the guidebook “ Adaptation made to measure ”. Assess the adaptation context Identify the contribution to adaptation Develop a results framework Define indicators and set a baseline Operationalise the M&E system   It can be used to directly enter monitoring data and keep an overview of project progress

Climate Action through Regeneration: Unlocking the Power of Communities and Nature through Tourism

This white paper surveyed 30 tourism operators globally using the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Nature-based Solutions (NbS) Global Standard to assess how NbS are enabling destinations to take proactive climate action. The paper outlines 5 Principles for Effective Nature-based Solutions in the Tourism Sector with practical guidelines, action steps, and case studies highlighting action taken by industry leaders

European Climate Change Adaptation Conference

ECCA 2021, online The 5th European Climate Change Adaptation Conference  Bringing adaptation solutions to life: Inspiring climate adaptation action today for a resilient future   took place online. A series of 9 webinars was organised from 25 May to 10 June, in the run-up to a high-level event on 22 June

EU Decision on serious cross-border threats to health

Decision No. 1082/2013/EU is based on the Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union TFEU which demands a high level of human health protection across Union policies and a complementary role of the Union in supporting national health endeavours

Application of Nature-Based Solutions for local adaptation of educational and social buildings to Climate Change

LIFE-myBUILDINGisGREEN aims at increasing the resilience of social and educational buildings by implementing nature-based solutions as prototypes of climate adaptation and improved well-being. More specifically, the project’s goals are to: Improve knowledge on the development, assessment, and monitoring of vulnerability to climate change of buildings by developing and testing a common, ready-to-use method in southern, western, central and northern European regions; Analyze and verify the impact of nature-based solutions as measures to adapt to climate change in three pilot buildings; Promote sustainable ecosystem-based adaptation measures and increase the capacity to apply such knowledge in practice through dissemination and demonstration workshops; Promote the governance of regional authorities, directors and building managers, and the construction sector to integrate nature-based solutions as part of measures to promote sustainable adaptation in buildings; and Contribute to the development and implementation of a common EU policy on adaptation to climate change by transferring best practices and knowledge to target groups and stakeholders

Large scale RESToration of COASTal ecosystems through rivers to sea connectivity

Coastal regions provide some of the most productive and biodiverse environments with an important and often underappreciated carbon storage potential, combined with the highest densities of population, assets and cultural heritage in the world. Rapidly developing and changing, these socially, economically and environmentally important areas are experiencing progressive degradation and escalating risks, further exacerbated by climate change

Water-based solutions for carbon storage, people and wilderness

Wetlands retain and purify water, remove pollutants and excess nutrients, store atmospheric carbon, moderate flooding and coastal storms, support an immense variety of wildlife, and offer recreational, well-being and economic benefits to surrounding communities. When mismanaged, these essential services for landscapes and society are lost

COproductioN with NaturE for City Transitioning, INnovation and Governance

The overarching objective of Connecting Nature is to position Europe as a global leader in the innovation and implementation of nature-based solutions. The project partners will form a community of cities fostering peer-to-peer, transdisciplinary capacity-building between front-runner, fast-follower and multiplier cities

Building railway transport resilience to Alpine hazards in Austria

The railway transportation system of the Alpine country Austria plays an important role in the European transit of passengers and freights. Moreover, the Austrian railway network is essential for the accessibility of lateral alpine valleys and is thus of crucial importance for their economic and societal welfare

Conservation Agriculture: Making Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Real in Europe

This report highlights the potential of European agricultural soils to respond to climate change through the implementation of Conservation Agriculture (CA) techniques. The study, launched by the European Conservation Agriculture Federation (ECAF), shows that European farmers could remove nearly 200 million tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere by implementing Conservation Agriculture techniques

Development of innovative tools for understanding marine biodiversity and assessing good environmental status

The overall goal of DEVOTES was to better understand the relationships between pressures from human activities and climatic influences and their effects on marine ecosystems, including biological diversity, in order to support the ecosystem based management and fully achieve the Good Environmental Status (GES) of marine waters, according to MSFD requirements. This overall goal was articulated in the following main objectives of the project: Improve the understanding of the impacts (cumulative, synergistic, antagonistic) of human activities and climate change on marine biodiversity, also using long-term series (pelagic and benthic)

Climate proofing of buildings against excessive heat

There are several options to implement climate-proofing of buildings with respect to excessively high temperatures. Such options relate to building design (including the use of IT technologies to optimise thermal comfort) and building envelopes (roof, ceilings, external walls, doors, windows – including solar control glasses that reduce the solar radiation entering the dwelling - and foundations)


CoastLearn is an internet based distance vocational training package on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM). This self-learning tool targets primarily coastal managers and planners working at local, sub-national, and national levels

Heatwaves and vulnerable populations: Mapping their needs in The Hague

This applied research project "The Effect of heatwaves on vulnerable population groups in The Hague" aimed to generate a better understanding of the effects of heatwaves on vulnerable population groups in the municipality of The Hague, and suggest ways in which the municipality can help such groups to cope with these heatwaves. T he project team conducted surveys and Focus Group Discussions with senior citizens, and interviews with representatives of the private sector, care organisations, housing corporations and policy makers to map the needs of independently living seniors in order to adapt to heatwaves, the sustainable solutions that exist, and the actions that the municipality could take to address these needs and thereby contribute to urban resilience

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