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RIVER BASIN MANAGEMENT IN A CHANGING CLIMATE

In the context of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) Common Implementation Strategy, an activity on Climate Change and Water was initiated in 2007 to produce guidance on how Member States should incorporate consideration of climate variability and change into the implementation of EU water policy. In 2008, the Water Directors discussed and agreed key policy messages on Climate Change and Water

Options for Delivering Ecosystem-Based Marine Management

The ODEMM Linkage Framework is a conceptual tool to describe the relationships between the ecological, socio-cultural and economic characteristics of the European marine environment and addresses the integrated approach required by the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). This linkage framework guidance document presents part of this integrated concept by specifically describing the linkages between the MSFD High Level Objectives, the ecological characteristics of the natural environment, and the ecosystem goods and services provided by these ecological characteristics

Climate change guidelines for forest managers

Forests are important components in strategies for adapting to climate change. Without direct management interventions, climate change is likely to jeopardize forest ecosystem health, resilience, productivity, biodiversity and carbon storage, and forest degradation and loss will continue to contribute to climate change

EU Commission Staff Working Paper - Risk Assessment and Mapping Guidelines for Disaster Management

In 2009, the European Commission adopted a Communication on a Community approach on the prevention of natural and man-made disasters setting out an overall disaster prevention framework and proposing measures to minimize the impacts of disasters. The Communication advocated the development of EU and national policies supporting the disaster management cycle: prevention - preparedness - response - recovery

Climate change adaptation guidelines for ports, Enhancing the resilience of seaports to a changing climate

As ports are operational hubs for the logistics supply chain, it is appropriate for ports to undertake an assessment in partnership with key logistics providers and /or local governments. While climate change may impact ports locally, it is often disruptions to the supply chain and local infrastructure that compound disruptions at the actual port, emphasising the need to work collaboratively on a broader climate risk and adaptation strategy

Dealing with the effects of climate change on road pavements

Climate change can have a direct impact on the performance of our transportation infrastructure. The purpose of the report is to sensitize the road sector to the likely impacts of climate change on road pavements and to provide guidance on how to go about: -Assessing the vulnerability of road pavements to the direct impacts of climate change, and; -Identifying and prioritizing possible adaptation measures for road pavements that could be applied immediately or phased in over time, so as to avert the negative consequences of climate change on the serviceability of road networks

Flood Planner

Flood Planner describes the natural component of sustainable flood management: natural flood management (NFM). This unique and practical resource for flood risk managers outlines the background to natural flood management and helps them perform their role in meeting current and future legislation

Urban Adaptation Assessment: indicator list

Responding to the need for increased urban resilience and adaptation planning, the Urban Adaptation Assessment project, funded by the Kresge Foundation and led by the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative ( ND-GAIN ), provides an adaptation measurement solution that can be scaled around the world to identify key climate risks and adaptation options for cities. This work aims to advance the knowledge of adaptation by  exploring the connection between adaptive capacities, social inequities, and the impacts of climate disasters

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

Advancing Sustainable Urban Transformation through Living Labs: Looking to the Öresund Region

The Öresund Region is a unique area where academia institutions, local governments, regional authorities, and clean-tech businesses are actively working towards sustainable urban transformation with the aim to be a regional ”powerhouse” for sustainability, innovation and clean-tech (City of Copenhagen, 2009; City of Malmö, 2009). This encompasses working with adaptation and mitigation, and enhancing resilience, in response to climate change and sustainability challenges

A macroeconomic assessment of impacts and adaptation to climate change in Europe

This report provides a documentation of the integrated macroeconomic general equilibrium model GRACE_adapt, and presents results from the macroeconomic analysis of impacts and adaptation in Europe in case of a +2 °C and +4 °C increase in global mean temperature. GRACE_adapt has been developed for the ADAM project to address economic impacts of climate change and resulting adaptation, interpreted as the economic responses to climate impacts

Climate Change adaptation in the South Eastern Europe

The report aims to consider the adaptation challenge in the South Eastern Europe (SEE) region. The first three chapters analyse the main adaptation challenges from a physical point of view, and the last two chapters concentrate on the policy perspective, with a presentation of existing management and governance models and a proposal for future adaptation strategies in SEE

Climate change adaptation needs of the core network of transport infrastructure in Spain

Transport adaptation to climate change is an issue that is gaining increasing attention worldwide. So far, however, the issue has barely been considered in Spain, in spite of the fact that the National Climate Change Adaptation Plan (PNACC) proposed in 2006 to start assessing the vulnerability and possibilities for adaptation of the transport sector and system

Transboundary Flood Risk Management: Experiences from the UNECE Region

This publication is based on the discussion and findings of the Workshop on Transboundary Flood Risk Management organized under the Water Convention in April 2009 in cooperation with the Governments of Germany and the Netherlands as well as WMO. It builds on the practical experience from 10 river basins in the UNECE region

Adaptation to climate change in the transport sector (ETC/CCA Technical Paper 03/2013)

This technical paper has been produced as a part of the 2013 working programme of the European Topic Centre on Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation (ETC/CCA) of the European Environment Agency (EEA). It is a first step in an effort to establish a map of current actions in EEA countries for adapting the transport system to climate change, and to identify opportunities for further action at the European level in the next years

Adapting forests and their management to climate change: an overview

The question of how forests and forest-dependent people will adapt to climate change is a growing area of research and has been at the heart of a number of recent conferences, such as the international conference on Adaptation of Forests and Forest Management to Changing Climate with Emphasis on Forest Health: A Review of Science, Policies and Practices (Umeå, Sweden, August 2008). This issue includes a varied sample of papers from the Umeå conference, from general to more technical papers offerings information in upcoming issues of Forest Ecology and Management and Forest Policy and Economics

The impact of climate change on the adaptation of marine fish in the Baltic Sea

The biota in the Baltic Sea has formed under wide variations in environmental conditions induced by climate change since the last glaciation. Areas of the Baltic Sea display marked differences in salinity, oxygen content and temperature of water layers, timing of the peak production cycle, and other basic environmental conditions

The Pontbren Project. A farmer-led approach to sustainable land management in the uplands

The Pontbren Project is an innovative approach to using woodland management and tree planting to improve the efficiency of upland livestock farming, led by a group of neighbouring farmers in mid-Wales. They went on to develop new on-farm uses for woodland products, and when it became clear that tree planting had not just improved farm businesses and wildlife habitats, but had also reduced water run-off during heavy rain, they invited scientists to investigate

Comparing reconstructed past variations and future projections of the Baltic Sea ecosystem—first results from multi-model ensemble simulations

Multi-model ensemble simulations for the marine biogeochemistry and food web of the Baltic Sea were performed for the period 1850–2098, and projected changes in the future climate were compared with the past climate environment. For the past period 1850–2006, atmospheric, hydrological and nutrient forcings were reconstructed, based on historical measurements

IPCC WG2, 2007, chapter 4: Ecosystem, their properties, goods and services

Chapter on Ecosystem, their properties, goods and services, including biodiversity of IPCC WG2's 4th Assessment Report. In this chapter the focus is on the properties, goods and services of non-intensively managed and unmanaged ecosystems and their components (as grouped by widely accepted functional and structural classifications), and their potential vulnerability to climate change as based on scenarios mainly from IPCC

Climate Change Adaptation in Swedish Forestry Policy A Historical Overview, 1990–2010

This report explores how climate change adaptation concerns were integrated into the Swedish forestry discourse in the period 1990–2010. The paper focused on actors’ beliefs and learning to identify how the forestry discourse evolved, the main adaptation advocates and critics, how other dominant discourses, debates and external events influenced the discourse, the effect this had on forestry policy and the lessons that might be learned for future policymaking

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