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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.

Long-term Forest Monitoring Summer School Aug 23, 2020 to Aug 29, 2020 Davos, Switzerland,

Novel modelling and assessment approaches will be discussed during this Summer School, considering the expectations to future forests from a scientific, forest management, and socio-economic perspective. Experienced researchers in forest science will discuss the potential limitation of disciplinary and interdisciplinary concepts.

EU launches new Forest Information System

Amid a need for more accurate, up-to-date and harmonised data and monitoring on Europe’s valuable woodlands, the European Environment Agency and the European Commission launched a new Forest Information System for Europe (FISE) which aims to become Europe’s knowledge hub to monitor the state, health and sustainability of Europe’s many forests.

New EEA report on the importance of floodplains

The preservation and restoration of Europe’s largely degraded floodplains must be better prioritized, according to a new European Environment Agency (EEA) report. Floodplains have a key role to play in improving biodiversity, water, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Foresight for policy and decision makers

Foresight is a systematic, participatory, future intelligence gathering and vision-building process to inform present-day decisions and mobilise joint actions. The EU PLACARD project has published a report, which explores the potential role of foresight in integrating Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation through an analysis of 20 of the most common foresight methods.

Urban Climate Change Adaptation Plans for cities in Poland delivered

The project 'Development of Urban Adaptation Plans for cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants in Poland' implemented by Polish Ministry of Environment has been concluded. The adaptation plans developed during the project will be adopted and are formally binding for these Polish cities.

JPI Climate E-magazine: 7 years of project results

The European Joint Programme Initiative (JPI) on Climate has developed an E-magazine to increase its societal impact. The magazine presents results and achievements of projects running since 2013 in ways that are understandable to lay audiences.

LIFE project ADAPTA BLUES is launched

The 5-year project ADAPTA BLUES, funded by the LIFE Programme, focuses on the restoration of estuarine ecosystems as a Nature Based Solution to remediate the risks related to climate change in coastal areas. The aim is to demonstrate that the conservation and restoration of estuarine ecosystems is an efficient strategy to enhance adaptation to climate change in coastal areas of the European Atlantic coast.

International Forum on the Effects of Climate Change on Fisheries and Aquaculture Feb 25, 2020 to Feb 26, 2020 Rome, Italy,

The EU project ClimeFish will showcase its research output, such as the ClimeFish Decision Support System, forecast methodology and case studies. During this Forum guidelines for making Climate Adaptation Plans for fisheries and aquaculture will be presented, and discussions will be held on theme of future sustainable seafood production under climate change.

Evaluation of the Spanish National Adaptation Plan

The Spanish Ministry for Ecological Transition has completed a comprehensive evaluation of the Spain National Adaptation Plan. The evaluation report makes 38 recommendations that will guide the preparation of the new National Adaptation Plan 2021-2030.

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