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Making sense of climate scenarios: new toolkit available for decision makers

To make climate scenarios work for decision makers, an international team of researchers has developed a comprehensive interactive online platform. The SENSES platform is the first of its kind to provide the tools to use scenarios, ranging from climate impacts to mitigation and energy options to a broader public beyond science.

JPI Urban Europe Policy Conference 2020 Nov 11, 2020 to Nov 12, 2020 Brussels, Belgium,

On the backdrop of the EU green deal and the Urban Agenda for the EU, Europe is now working on an ambitious strategy to become the first climate-neutral continent. To reach this ambitious goal, urban transformations play a crucial role. Without getting neighbourhoods, towns, municipalities, cities and urban areas right, a great number of efforts will be lost.

Climate communication conference: listening, storytelling, networking Jun 30, 2020 to Jul 01, 2020 Online,

The Alpine Partnership for Local Climate Action (ALPACA) organizes an online conference in which participants can expect inputs on political framing, psychology and communication, interactive workshops with practical examples, networking opportunities and inspiring short videos.

Project conference on Bridging the gap for innovations in disaster resilience Jun 25, 2020 from 02:30 PM to 04:00 PM Online,

The final conference of the H2020 project BRIGAID - Bridging The Gap For Innovations In Disaster Resilience - is about reducing the impact of climate related disasters such as extreme weather, drought and floods. You will learn about the tools and methods that are now available to support innovations and attend the first public presentation of the follow-up initiative “BRIGAID Connect”.

The Mediterranean: scientific expertise for decision makers Sep 02, 2020 to Sep 04, 2020 Marseille, France,

The Mediterranean initiatives MISTRALS, MedECC and Plan Bleu will hold an international conference to strengthen the dialogue between Mediterranean decision makers and scientists about evolution of the Mediterranean climate in the 21st century, and its impacts on the environment, extreme events, water resources management and amplification of droughts, loss of biodiversity, amongst others.

Climate Adaptation Summit 2020 - online event Jan 25, 2021 from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM Amsterdam, The Netherlands,

The Climate Adaptation Summit of global leaders, organized in close collaboration with the Global Center on Adaptation, reflects the need to adapt immediately to the impacts of our changing climate. This online summit will help calibrate the accelerated action initiated by the Global Commission on Adaptation and leveraging further support for the global movement towards adaptation.

Webinar: Health impact of climate change - from science to policy Jun 02, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Online,

As part of the European Green Deal, the European Commission is currently preparing a new EU strategy on adaptation to climate change, which will work to identify and minimize the main risks, including to health. A public consultation on this strategy has recently been launched. This interactive webinar, host by the EU Health Policy Platform, will present the EU’s work in this field. Leading experts from the European Commission’s public health and climate directorates, the European Environmental Agency, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the Commission’s Joint Research Centre will take part.

Launch of Open Public Consultation for the design of the new EU Adaptation Strategy

The European Commission announced in the European Green Deal the adoption of a new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change. The Directorate-General for Climate Action launched on 14 May 2020 an open public consultation for its work on the new Strategy. A broad range of stakeholders, including citizens, businesses, NGOs, academia, national, regional and local authorities, are invited to provide inputs until 20 August 2020.

Outermost regions Forum 2020: Together for a sustainable future Oct 25, 2020 to Oct 26, 2020 Brussels, Belgium,

This event brings together the Presidents of nine outermost regions in Europe, Ministers from their Member States, the Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms and other members of the Commission, stakeholders and experts. The Forum will review progress made on a renewed strategic partnership with the EU’s outermost regions and will address climate change and biodiversity, circular economy and blue economy.

JRC study: Coastal adaptation against sea level rise makes economic sense

Coastal zones in Europe contain large human populations, significant socio-economic activities and assets, and fragile ecosystems. Coastal communities will face increasing risk of floods as climate change could cause extreme sea levels to rise with one meter or more by 2100. Coastal adaptation, however, could prevent 95% of the projected economic losses.

New special edition of Climate Services published

This special issue is about conditions, challenges, prospects and examples of European climate services markets. It starts with an overview of the market in terms of the current structure, its strengths and weaknesses, followed by articles focusing on leverage points to better match supply and demand. In the final section a deeper look into some sectoral applications is provided.

More forest fires in the Alps due to climate change

Climate change can lead to an increased number of severe forest fires in the Alpine region, resulting in the destruction of alpine protection forests and recreational areas, a rapid increase of natural hazard risk, and enormous costs for fire suppression. Concrete recommendations for policy makers help them to implement an integrated forest fire management.

PLACARD virtual conference: Adapting to Extremes May 12, 2020 from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM Online,

This 2-hour event will take stock of current collaboration between climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR), showcasing success stories and learning experiences. It will feature interactive activities, discussion breakout rooms and will encourage participants to actively engage in the exchange.

Water Innovation Europe 2020: A Water-Smart Society for a post-COVID19 Green Deal Jun 22, 2020 to Jun 26, 2020 Online,

Water Europe will host the digital Innovative Water Week with online plenary sessions, working group meetings, and digital networking and exhibition opportunities. One of the themes is about water efficiency and long-term water security in the context of climate change adaptation.

European State of the Climate 2019

The European State of the Climate (ESOTC) 2019 comprises a summary with key findings, and chapters about the climate in Europe, ranging from long-term indicators to detailed reviews of climate anomalies last year. The ESOTC is compiled by the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) and implemented by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) on behalf of the European Commission.

Using stories to encourage action

A strand of work from the EU PLACARD project focused on using stories and narratives in the context of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. Through a series of workshops and discussions, the project developed material to explain the value of storytelling, and guidance on how to create motivating narratives for your own situation and audience.

Climate-ADAPT Webinar: Exploring potential adaptation options for policy and decision-makers: The Climate-ADAPT Catalogue May 18, 2020 from 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM webinar,

This Climate-ADAPT webinar aims to improve knowledge dissemination on Climate-ADAPT adaptation options and to promote their use, e.g. for: strategic policy process, awareness raising, planning, and development of guidelines. At the same time, the webinar intends to discuss how this collection could be improved and better tailored to the real needs of users.

Adaptation Futures 2020 (COVID-19 update -> postponed) Apr 27, 2020 to Apr 30, 2020 New Delhi, India,

The 6th edition of the Adaptation Futures international conference on global adaptation envisages to advance the overall theme of 'accelerating adaptation action and knowledge to support action'. The conference seeks to explore this overarching need through multiple thematic tracks.

SOCLIMPACT project case study: Whale watching and climate change in European islands

Focusing on the Blue Economy sector of coastal and maritime tourism, the aim of the EU funded project SOCLIMPACT case study is to access the potential impacts of climate change in the whale watching market of the Atlantic islands. Additionally, the study will review and evaluate practical adaptation measures to support local, national, and European decision-makers in responding and ensuring the long-term sustainability of this economic activity.

Nature-based Solutions in a Changing Climate (COVID-19 update -> postponed) Jul 07, 2020 to Jul 09, 2020 Oxford, United Kingdom,

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

Third World Symposium on Climate Change Communication (COVID-19 update -> cancelled) Jul 06, 2020 to Jul 07, 2020 Warsaw, Poland,

The complexity of climate change means that appropriate approaches, methods and tools to communicate the problem, are urgently needed. The symposium will be a interdisciplinary event, mobilizing scholars, social movements, practitioners and members of governmental agencies, undertaking research and/or executing projects on climate change communication across the world.

European Urban Resilience Forum (online edition) May 27, 2020 to May 28, 2020 Malmö, Sweden,

City representatives and stakeholders from various local and regional institutions are encouraged to exchange experiences, strategies and actions to adapt to climate change and to build urban resilience. The format is informative, open, interactive and ‘Powerpoint-free’.

ICP Forests Scientific Conference (COVID-19 update) Jun 08, 2020 to Jun 10, 2020 Birmensdorf, Switzerland,

The 9th edition of this conference will highlight the extensive ICP (International Co-operative Programme on Assessment and Monitoring of Air Pollution Effects on Forests) forests data series on forest growth, phenology, biodiversity, nutritional status of foliage and litter fall, ambient air quality, deposition, meteorology, soil and crown condition. Latest results and conclusions from local scale to European scale studies will be presented and discussed.

Baltic Earth Conference (COVID-19 update -> cancelled) Jun 01, 2020 to Jun 05, 2020 Jastarnia, Hel Peninsula, Poland,

Baltic Earth brings together a broad international community around core scientific issues identified as fundamental to informing societal efforts to achieve sustainability in the Baltic region. This 3rd edition is about earth system changes and Baltic Sea coasts in the atmosphere, on land and in the sea.

EGU session: Catastrophe and Extreme Climate Risk Assessment (COVID-19 update) May 03, 2020 to May 08, 2020 Vienna, Austria,

The General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union includes a session about climate services for insurance and adaptation: Catastrophe and Extreme Climate Risk Assessment. This session is endorsed by the European Climate Research Alliance (ECRA)’s Collaborative Programme on High Impact Events and Climate Change.

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