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Film: adapt to a changing climate – how and why?

The Swedish National Knowledge Centre for Climate Change Adaptation produced an animated film that explains the basics of climate change adaptation in Sweden. It can serve as inspiration and introduction for further discussions. The animated film is two minutes long, in Swedish but with English subtitles.

3rd ADAPTtoCLIMATE International Conference Apr 19, 2021 to Apr 20, 2021 Online,

The main aim of the conference is to bring together scientists, policy makers, as well as all organizations and citizens engaged with climate change impacts and adaptation at the urban environment.

5th European Climate Change Adaptation conference May 25, 2021 to Jun 22, 2021 Online + Brussels , Belgium,

The goal of this conference is to inspire adaptation action by showcasing solutions, exchanging knowledge, creating connections, and encouraging dialogue on how to act more and faster at every level. A webinar series on pressing climate change adaptation challenges from 25 May to 10 June will be followed by the high-level conference on 22 June.

Nature-based solutions should play an increased role in tackling climate change

Working with nature and enhancing the role of ecosystems can societies help to adapt on climate change, reduce its impacts, and increase climate change resilience. Such an approach can deliver multiple benefits, including lowering pressures on biodiversity, improving human health and well-being, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building a sustainable economy, according to a new European Environment Agency report.

Peer learning summit: addressing climate change through integrated responses May 04, 2021 09:00 AM to May 25, 2021 11:00 AM Online,

In three virtual sessions of two hours on 4, 18 and 25 May, learning and capacity development activities will be organised to support countries in designing and applying integrated approaches in their adaptation, mitigation, and development agendas.

ICLEI World Congress launch Apr 12, 2021 to Apr 15, 2021 Online,

This digital launch event will consist of high level, insightful, global discussions about the contributions of cities, towns and regions towards a sustainable future, followed by a year-long experience to bring together local and regional governments of the ICLEI Network in spite of the pandemic. Climate adaptation will be mainly discussed on the last day of this launch event.

Call for applications for Mediterranean Climate Change Adaptation Awards

The third edition of this competition was launched in the frame of the 5th Anniversary of the Paris Climate Agreement. It is aimed at public stakeholders, members of the private sector and NGOs which are taking action and developing solutions to adapt the Mediterranean regions to the changing climate. Applications closing date: 15 April 2021.

Workshop on building climate resilience through improving water management and sanitation Mar 29, 2021 to Mar 31, 2021 Geneva (Switzerland) and online,

This United Nations Economic Commission for Europe workshop will take a holistic perspective on the impacts of climate change and extreme weather events on water resource management, both at national and transboundary level, and on water supply and sanitation systems and ultimately people's health.

Ecocity World Summit 2021 Sep 27, 2021 to Sep 29, 2021 Rotterdam and online,

The 14th edition of the longest running summit on sustainable cities invites experts, innovators, researchers, engineers, designers, policy makers, environmentalists, teachers and students to explore urban transformations for nature-based solutions to adapt on climate change.

Nature-based Solutions in a changing climate Jul 05, 2022 to Jul 07, 2022 Oxford, United Kingdom,

Leading researchers from the social and natural sciences, engineering and economics are brought together with policymakers, civil society actors and business leaders to discuss the potential of Nature-based Solutions to meet societal goals in a warming world.

Many major German companies underestimate the risks of climate change

The consequences of climate change pose economic risks for companies. A study by the German Environment Agency (UBA) shows that only about half of the companies, noted on the German stock market, report publicly on these risks. None of the 100 largest companies studied provides information on whether the corporate strategy is resilient to stronger climate change.

Drought periods in Europe became shorter and more intense

Since the beginning of the 20th century, drought periods in Europe are shorter but more intense. Moreover, high temperatures, often accompanying these droughts, cause greater water loss from the soil. This has a significant negative effect on agriculture and vegetation in general, according to an international team of scientists.

Plant responses to climate are lagged

Plant responses to climate drivers such as temperature and precipitation may become visible only years after the actual climate event. Since plant-climate interactions are more complex than foreseen, researchers want to prioritize the development of robust scenarios for the plant species that are critical to human well-being.

How may global changes affect Finland's agricultural and food economy?

The future development of Finland's agricultural and food economy depends significantly on changes happening in other countries, including climate change related developments, and how Finland reacts to those changes. In the next few decades, societies will change in a way that is difficult to predict. Researchers have constructed four alternative scenarios of how the Finnish agri-food sector could change under different global circumstances.

European Climate and Health Observatory launched and joint Lancet Countdown-EEA Briefing published

The European Climate and Health Observatory is a partnership of the European Commission, the EEA and several other European and international organizations. This Observatory provides access to a wide range of resources on climate change and health, and aims to strengthen the health component in adaptation strategies and activities as well as the climate adaptation component in health policies. The Observatory was launched on 4 March 2021 in a virtual launch event together with its partner organisations and users. In connection with the launch of the Observatory, the Lancet Countdown and the EEA publish a joint briefing ’Responding to the health risks of climate change in Europe’. This Briefing highlights key health impacts from climate change as well as opportunities to reduce climate-related health risks through adaptation policies aligned with mitigation actions.

Climate change threatens European forests

Well over half of Europe's forests are potentially at risk from windthrow, forest fire and insect attacks, according to a study by an international team of scientists from Italy, Spain, Finland and Germany. Important ecosystem services could be impaired by the loss of especially large and old trees.

Report on Science for Disaster Risk Management Launch Event Mar 23, 2021 from 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM Online,

More than 300 experts in disaster risk management from different disciplines produced the report: 'Science for Disaster Risk Management 2020: acting today, protecting tomorrow', with accurate and updated information on the consequences that disasters have on key assets of society and how these can be managed. The launch event will entail the rationale and highlights of the report, followed by a panel discussion.

EU Study on adaptation modelling for policy-support at multiple governance levels

The Publications Office of the European Union has published several reports of the European Commission's study on climate adaptation modelling, accompanying the launch of the EU Strategy on adaptation to climate change. It addresses the European Commissions' requirements to support decision making on climate adaptation at multiple governance levels. The study provides a comprehensive overview of technical and economic models and tools for hazards, risks, impacts, vulnerability and adaptation climate assessments and of research gaps.

Webinar: Water reuse and the European Green Deal Mar 09, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM Online,

The Interreg Europe Policy Learning Platform is organising a webinar to showcase the central role of the water management sector in the shift to a circular economy and the achievement of EU environmental objectives. It offers local and regional policy makers as well as water service operators insights into the EU latest policy developments on water at the crossroads between circular economy, climate adaptation and nature protection.

Assessing the risk of climate change in an internationally harmonized way

Based on an initiative of Germany and South Korea, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published a new standard for climate change risk assessment in the ISO climate adaptation series. This standard, ISO 14091, Adaptation to climate change – Guidelines on vulnerability, impacts and risk assessment, 2021-02, describes how to understand an organization’s vulnerability and how to develop and implement a sound risk assessment in the context of climate change, now and in the future. The document was developed in parallel as European standard and will soon be published as EN ISO 14091.

Copernicus workshop: Common Agricultural Policy Mar 09, 2021 09:30 AM to Mar 10, 2021 12:30 PM Online,

With different sessions, this workshop will cover the main Copernicus contribution areas to the Common Agriculture Policy, including climate change.

New EU Strategy on adaptation to climate change

The European Commission set out the pathway to prepare for the unavoidable impacts of climate change. Building on the 2013 Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, the new proposal is to shift the focus from understanding the problem to developing solutions, and to move from planning to implementation.

EU Climate Adaptation Strategy - workshops and panels Feb 25, 2021 to Feb 26, 2021 Online,

This virtual event accompanies the adoption of the new EU Climate Adaptation Strategy on 24 February 2021, and is composed by climate community workshops (three parallel streams 14.00-16.00 CET on both days), and high-level policy panels (16.15-18.00 CET on both days).

2021 Global conference on health and climate change: Climate Justice Nov 06, 2021 to Nov 07, 2021 Glasgow, UK,

The aim is to support and showcase Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Agreement which are ambitious, based on the principles of justice and equity, and promote and protect health. It will also mobilize the rapidly growing movement of health professionals around the world who are now driving ambitious climate action.

Cultural Adaptation Conference Mar 02, 2021 04:00 PM to Mar 05, 2021 05:00 PM

This conference will share the results and tools of the Cultural Adaptations project - which focused on four countries in northern Europe exploring how culture can adapt to the impacts of climate change -, and explore wider knowledge and international experiences of how creativity can help them to adapt.

Masterclass: Understanding, Modeling, and Mitigating Urban Heat Islands Feb 17, 2021 09:00 AM to Mar 02, 2021 02:00 PM Online,

This open and free Masterclass, consisting of three parts stretched across three days, will include a review of what’s known about urban heat islands, and provides insights into considerations for choosing interventions to manage them. Target groups are urban planners, designers, architects, resilience officers, city government officials, urban climate scientists amongst others.

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