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Biodiversity Requires Adaption in Northwest Europe under a CHanging climate

BRANCH advocated the need for change in spatial planning and land use systems to allow wildlife to adapt to climate change Partners demonstrated the need for change based on an evidence base and developed recommendations and tools in collaboration with planners. To support policy and planning decisions that will help wildlife to adapt to climate change, BRANCH developed a ‘Decision testing framework’

Addressing coastal erosion in Marche region, Italy

A series of actions were taken to address erosion in the coastal area of Marche region in Italy. The interventions carried out in the section of coast between the municipalities of Sirolo and Numana represent an example of what has been implemented throughout the whole coast of the region

Consumer-side adaptation options in the energy sector – changes in individual behaviour

Adequate light clothing, timing of daily activities set in order to avoid intense efforts when temperatures are at their highest, and even simply opening doors and window to remove heated air can reduce significantly the cooling needs. Clothing can be a very effective lever to reduce cooling needs in offices, for instance, where dressing codes can be relaxed in summer to reduce to allow keeping higher indoor temperatures without prejudicing workers’ thermal comfort

Oasis Innovation Hub for Catastrophe and Climate Extremes Risk Assessment

Globally, there is increased concern about the potential impacts of extreme climate events and their impact on loss and damage of people, assets and property as a result of these events. Therefore, natural partners in using climate services to assess risk are the Global Insurance Sector, who are key implementers in increasing societies' resilience and recovery of extreme events and who are integral, co-design partners in this programme

Adapting to heat stress in Antwerp (Belgium) based on detailed thermal mapping

The city of Antwerp, in order to better understand the problem of heat stress, commissioned the research organization VITO to map the current and future temperatures and thermal comfort in the city. The research results indicate that the urban heat island of Antwerp exacerbates the impact of climate change on the urban population as the amount of heatwave days in the city raises twice as fast as in the rural surroundings

EUropean Reanalysis and Observations for Monitoring

EURO4M developed the capacity for, and deliver the best possible and most complete (gridded) climate change time series and monitoring services covering all of Europe. These described the evolution of the Earth system components by seamlessly combining two different but complementary approaches: regional observation datasets of Essential Climate Variables (ECVs) on the one hand and model based regional reanalysis on the other

Water management for road authorities in the face of Climate Change

The WATCH project is one of the two projects on climate change adaptation in the road sector financed by CEDR through its 2015 call for research proposals. It focuses on water management, and will produce a number of results of immediate benefit to National Road Administrators (NRA): A comprehensive manual on how to determine the resilience of drainage systems and the consequences for inspection and maintenance as well as for the design and assessment of alternatives

CEDR Report "Acting on Climate Change"

The report has been produced by CEDR’s Climate Change Group and approved by the Governing Board. It notes that acting on climate change is not a unified topic for road owners, and that both mitigation and adaptation has to be addressed

Effectiveness of Flood Management Measures

The Tool “Effectiveness of Flood Management Measures” gives an overview of different methods to assess the effectiveness of flood management measures, including both those aimed to preparedness for and to prevention of floods. Among the various procedures available, the principles and practices of auditing and evaluation are recommended to monitor and appraise the well-functioning of systems of governance, including risk management, operational performance and financial control

Early alert system of climate risks related to water for a greater resilience

The climate in the Sudoe region (Portugal, Spain and part of France) is suffering from a severe water shortage, which has led to considerable uncertainty about the availability of water resources. In addition, climate change is exacerbating this water shortage and increasing climate variability and extreme events

Climate Alert Smart System for Sustainable Water and Agriculture

The CLIMALERT project emerges to provide climate information in a format that prospective users find it easy to understand and/or incorporate into decision-making. The main goals are: to strengthen the link between climate research, water resources, and agriculture to assist in the management of natural resources, enhance agricultural livelihoods and reduce underlying causes of vulnerability; to improve the techniques and tools currently used to incorporate weather and climate information into the assessment of risks and decision making in agriculture management practices; to contribute to a global framework to improve the transfer and exchange of information on weather forecasts together with near-real satellite time observations to help decision makers in applying adaptation and mitigation strategies

Smart Control of the Climate Resilience in European Coastal Cities

The intensification of extreme weather events, coastal erosion and sea-level rise are major challenges to be urgently addressed by European coastal cities. The science behind these disruptive phenomena is complex, and advancing climate resilience requires progress in data acquisition, forecasting, and understanding of the potential risks and impacts for real-scenario interventions


ThinkHazard! is a web-based tool enabling non-specialists to consider the impacts of disasters on new development projects. Users of ThinkHazard! can quickly and robustly assess the level of river flood, earthquake, drought, cyclone, coastal flood, tsunami, volcano, and landslide hazard within their project area to assist with project planning and design

Lessons Learnt from 20 Years of Floodplain Forest Restoration: the Lower Danube Landscape

In 2000, a joint declaration was signed by the Environment Ministers of Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine and Moldova to establish a Lower Danube Green Corridor. This agreement commits the four countries to preserve a total of 935,000 ha, including enhanced protection for 775,000 ha of existing protected areas and new protection for another 160,000 ha; to restore 223,000 ha of former wetland areas; and to promote sustainable development along the Lower Danube. It provided the backbone for restoration activities to take place in the wider Lower Danube corridor or landscape. Over the course of the following two decades a series of projects have been implemented within this overarching framework, many of which have tackled alignment with EU legislation such as the 1992 Habitats Directive. This report highlights key learning’s from 20 years of Floodplain Forest Restoration in the lower Danube landscape.


EcoShape develops and shares knowledge about Building with Nature: a new approach to hydraulic engineering that harnesses the forces of nature to benefit environment, economy and society. Building with Nature is a design approach to develop Nature-based Solutions for water-related infrastructure such as flood defences, sustainable port development and for the restoration of ecosystems

Effects of climate change on bird habitats around the Irish Sea

The ECHOES project seeks to address how climate change impacts coastal bird habitats of the Irish Sea, and what effect this could have on our society, economy, and shared ecosystems. Innovative scientific approaches are used to model the behaviour and distribution of Greenland White-fronted goose and Eurasian Curlew

Economic losses from climate-related extremes

Between 1980 and 2019, climate-related extremes caused economic losses totalling an estimated EUR 446 billion in the EEA member countries. Although analysing trends in economic losses is difficult, partly as a result of high variability from year to year, climate-related extremes are becoming more common and, without mitigating action, could result in even greater losses in the coming years

Overview and recommendations for sustainable finance taxonomies

This paper provides an international overview of both official and market-based taxonomies of which there are an increasing number with multiple initiatives arising in line with the mainstreaming of sustainable finance. It summarises the various approaches that have been taken as well as the different objectives that are being pursued

European firms and climate change 2020/2021

The European Union’s COVID-19 recovery plan could be the impetus businesses need to invest in climate measures and prepare for the transition to a net-zero carbon economy. This report looks at how firms’ view these twin challenges and their preparedness to meet them

Method to assess climate risks to real estate

Together with various real estate parties, the Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment and Climate Adaptation Services are working on a standard approach to assess the physical climate risk for real estate portfolios. A standard approach is desirable to create a level playing field in which there is transparency about the method and data used, and the assumptions underlying them.

Associated Programme on Flood Management (APFM)

APFM is a joint initiative of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Global Water Partnership (GWP). It promotes the concept of Integrated Flood Management (IFM) as a new approach to flood management

CIS – Coastal Information System and CWA – Coastal Web Atlas

According to O’Dea et al, 2007 Coastal Information Systems (CISs) can be defined as “a collection of digital maps and datasets with supplementary tables, illustrations and information that systematically illustrate the coast, oftentimes with cartographic and decision support tools”. Most useful and powerful CISs are those accessible on-line that are generally identified as Coastal Web Atlas (CWAs)

Development of a Support System for Improved Resilience and Sustainable Urban areas to cope with Climate Change and Extreme Events based on GEOSS and Advanced Modelling Tools

HARMONIA will leverage existing tools, services and novel technologies to deliver an integrated resilience assessment platform working on top of GEOSS, seeing the current lack of a dedicated process of understanding and quantifying Climate Change (CC) effects on urban areas using Satellite and auxiliary data available on GEOSS, DIAS, urban TEP, GEP etc. platforms

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