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Safe and resilient forests: Commission works for wildfire prevention in Europe and globally

The European Commission has published new guidelines to facilitate a better understanding of land-based wildfire prevention and effective responses. They point towards prevention measures that can be taken through governance, planning and forest management, and outline how EU Member States can access EU funding for wildfire resilience and work together at EU level.

Making Copernicus Climate Change Data easily accessible through the European Climate Data Explorer

The European Climate Data Explorer, developed jointly by the Copernicus Climate Change Services (C3S) and the EEA, provides easy access to climate variables and climate impact indicators from the C3S Climate Data Store. It also enables zooming in on maps to focus on smaller regions of interest; it includes time series for specific regions, and users can export images and data. This new tool is intended to support European countries to develop and implement their national, subnational and local climate adaptation strategies. It will be expanded in the future with further indices, new data sources and additional functionalities.

Danish climate change adaptation and land-use tool for planning on local level

A new screening tool for Denmark, called KAMP, compares selected national data, calculations and projections and it is aimed in particular at planning and environmental works in local government. The tool can be used to assess how many buildings and infrastructure could potentially be affected by flooding, and it can estimate the value of the buildings and constructions that risk damage.

A new Climate Action Plan for the Alps

The Climate Action Plan 2.0 of the Alpine Convention, developed by the Alpine Climate Board (ACB) and approved by the XVI Alpine Conference, was released in April 2021. Paving the way for the short and mid-term implementation of the Alpine Climate Target System 2050 towards climate neutral and climate resilient Alps, the plan identifies implementation pathways with concrete priorities in ten sectors.

OECD report on adapting to a changing climate in the management of coastal zones

This policy paper by OECD provides a comprehensive assessment of the recent and projected socio-economic development of coastal areas. It reviews the environmental pressures exerted by human activities on coastal areas, as well as the impacts of climate change that exacerbate existing challenges. The paper calls for a coordinated and well adapted policy response to address these challenges.

Nature-based Solutions for hydro-meteorological hazards May 05, 2021 Online,

This 5th OPERANDUM webinar will be about a digital hub called Geospatial Information Knowledge Platform (GeoIKP). It is aimed to scale up public awareness, knowledge and uptake of Nature-based Solutions when addressing hydro-meteorological hazards and it can fuel vulnerable communities to adapt to climate change.

How to make cities more resilient? Results and recommendations from the CASCADE project Jun 08, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM Online,

CASCADE project (funded by the EU) aims to improve the capacity to understand, assess, and treat current and future climate change related risks on the local level, focusing on the particular in Baltic Sea Region conditions. This final event will bring forward the results and recommendations from the project and also discusses the future of climate adaptation and resilience in the Baltic Sea Region.

German magazine sheds light on heat action plans

Three articles in the April 2021 issue of the magazine "UMID: Umwelt und Mensch – Informationsdienst" deal with heat action plans (HAPs). In their articles, the authors discuss the effectiveness of heat action plans in Europe, shed light on the state of health care in Germany and give recommendations for the development of HAPs: action needed in terms of heat prevention.

German adaptation project on heat stress in cities extended

The “HeatResilientCity” project, investigating since 2017 on how urban districts and buildings can be better adapted to heat, has been extended by two years by the German Federal Environment Ministry. In the second phase of the project, the plan is to familiarize practitioners with the subject of heat adaptation in urban districts, to form new networks and to jointly develop suitable tools and decision-making aids for urban and open space planning.

New version of the Swedish Portal for Climate Change Adaptation

A new version of the Swedish Climate Change Adaptation Portal has been launched with a new design and more content. The portal shows how the Swedish society is affected by the changing climate, and how adaptation work is being carried out. Almost 30 agencies contribute to the portal content.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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