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Towards stronger and more accountable EU-wide disaster risk management

Around the world, the 192 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies are key players in working to prevent, lessen the impacts of and respond to all kinds of crises and disasters. Greater accountability requires investment in many areas, including cooperation, coordination, local capacities and continuous community involvement. When it comes to disaster risk management, these aspects are also critical to creating a more resilient society in the EU, aided by the Union Civil Protection Mechanism.

World Health Day 2022 Apr 07, 2022 Worldwide,

In the midst of a pandemic, a polluted planet, increasing diseases like cancer, asthma, heart disease, on World Health Day 7th of April 2022 , the World Health Organization (WHO) will focus global attention on urgent actions needed to keep humans and the planet healthy and foster a movement to create societies focused on well-being.  WHO estimates that more than 13 million deaths around the world each year are due to avoidable environmental causes. This includes the climate crisis which is the single biggest health threat facing humanity. The climate crisis is also a health crisis.

Destination Earth - Launch event Mar 30, 2022 from 12:15 PM to 04:00 PM Online,

The European Commission organises a public online event for the launch of the Destination Earth, together with the European Centre for Medium-range Forecasts (ECMWF), the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), and with the implementing entities. Destination Earth (DestinE) aims to develop a highly accurate digital model of the Earth to monitor and predict the interaction between natural phenomena and human activities including climate change adaptation.

Connecting Nature Impact Summit Genk 2022 Apr 28, 2022 to Apr 29, 2022 Genk, Belgium & online,

This summit will bring together a wide range of local, regional and international participants to demonstrate how nature impacts our lives, socially, environmentally, economically and how Nature-based Solutions bring multiple benefits for citizens, biodiversity and tackling climate change mitigation as well as climate impacts.

Final meeting on the Study on Climate Adaptation Modelling Mar 18, 2022 from 12:30 PM to 02:00 PM Online,

The results of the Study on Adaptation Modelling, commissioned by the European Commission’s DG CLIMA, and carried out by a group of international scientists coordinated by the CMCC Foundation, focuses on adaptation modelling with the objective to support better-informed decision-making. This final event will discuss the study results in the light of the recent evolution of the adaptation policy landscape.

Swedish Climate Symposium May 16, 2022 to May 18, 2022 Online and Norrköping, Sweden,

The Swedish Climate Symposium will highlight the main conclusions of the 6th Assessment Report (AR6) of the IPCC and its consequences for Sweden. In a series of topical parallel sessions, a broad spectrum of expertise in climate sciences is presented, including modelling, experimental and field work, the role of paleoclimate science, observations, impact studies, mitigation strategies, interactions with biological diversity and ecosystem services, and the economic and governance aspects of climate change.

Climate change adaptation in Central and Eastern Europe Mar 22, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 01:30 PM Online,

An online conference will present the achievements of the implementation of national climate change strategies and action plans in Central and Eastern Europe – Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, and Poland – under the project LIFE Tree Check, aiming at a better climate governance.

EU funded MED-GOLD project final showcase event Mar 29, 2022 10:00 AM to Mar 30, 2022 04:00 PM Online,

This two-day event from the MED-GOLD project, dedicated to translate climate data and climate predictions for the grape and wine sector, will provide insights into lessons learned during the project; upscaling possibilities, and the relevance of climate services such as those developed in MED-GOLD for policy and society.

Urgent need to adapt to massive impacts of climate change highlighted in latest IPCC report

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its latest report on the impacts, adaptation and vulnerabilities related to climate change, the Working Group II contribution to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report. One of the report’s main findings is that climate change induced by humanity is already impacting nature and people more intensely, more frequently and over a wider geographical area than previously thought. The report’s findings reinforce the need for Europe to become more climate resilient and prepare for the inevitable impacts of the climate crisis.

ICLEI World Congress 2021 – 2022: The Malmö Summit May 11, 2022 to May 13, 2022 Malmö, Sweden,

The ICLEI World Congress 2021 – 2022: The Malmö Summit, will be held to exchange with and inspire one another on the best practices in local sustainable development, among others including adaptation aspects such as nature based solutions. The Malmö Summit will have three days of core programming for participants, featuring strategic high-level dialogues building on themes explored in 2021, as well as exciting technical visits, in-depth workshops and multiple networking opportunities especially suited for in-person participation.

Boosting resilience through climate risk information

EIT Climate-KIC explores ways to accelerate the transition to a more resilient world through cutting-edge innovation projects. Adapting to climate change and extreme weather events requires decision-support tools to validate measures dealing with risks. The new CRISI-ADAPT II tool offers decision-makers this kind of support. The CRISI-ADAPT II project aims to monitor and improve the planning of adaptation measures through real-time validation based on a site-based and seasonal forecast of climate risks.

Cryosphere 2022, International symposium on ice, snow and water in a warming world Aug 21, 2022 to Aug 26, 2022 Reykjavík, Iceland,

The Icelandic Meteorological Office together with international partners is hosting a symposium highlighting rapid changes occurring in all components of the Earth's cryosphere. Many topics related to the cryosphere and its changes due to global warming will be presented, including ‘opportunities, adaptation and mitigation’.

ICEHCC 2022: 16th International Conference on Environmental Health and Climate Change Jun 23, 2022 to Jun 24, 2022 Oslo, Norway,

The International Conference on Environmental Health and Climate Change, organised by the World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Environmental Health and Climate Change. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Environmental Health and Climate Change.

ICCPEE 2022: 16th International Conference on Climate Prediction of Extreme Events May 16, 2022 to May 17, 2022 Amsterdam, The Netherlands,

The International Conference on Climate Prediction of Extreme Events aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Climate Prediction of Extreme Events. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Climate Prediction of Extreme Events.

European Climate Research Alliance (ECRA) General Assembly Mar 08, 2022 to Mar 09, 2022 Brussels, Belgium,

The European Climate Research Alliance (ECRA) celebrates its 10 year anniversary and will host the fourth General Assembly on 8-9 March 2022 in Brussels. The theme will be extreme events, climate change, and how the risks coming with them can be understood by science, communicated between scientists and decision-makers; in order to manage the risks.

European Climate Conference Mar 07, 2022 to Mar 08, 2022 Nantes, France,

The European Climate Conference, organised by the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union, will bring together high-level representatives of the EU Member States, the European Commission and the European Parliament, as well as prominent figures from civil society, the scientific community, businesses and local governments. Among others, the conference will highlight the knowledge, needs, solutions and policies to adapt to climate change, in particular in priority areas for the French presidency of the Council such as urban environments, including those that are coastal, and transport.

Webinar on addressing climate change impacts on health through national policies Mar 16, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM Online,

Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety, Directorate-General for Climate Action, and European Environment Agency are organizing this webinar to mark the first anniversary of the launch of the European Climate and Health Observatory under the EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change.

Blauer Kompass 2022: new edition of yearly Adaptation Award launched in Germany

The 'Blauer Kompass' Adaptation Award is the highest state award in Germany for climate adaptation projects, organised by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection, and the German Environment Agency (UBA). The aim of the competition, which runs from 18 January to 25 March 2022, is to present solutions for preparing for and adapting to the impacts of climate change, such as heat, droughts and severe rain. The awards ceremony will be held on 16 September 2022.

Two new publications help cities adapt to and mitigate climate change

In its role as part of the Covenant of Mayors, ICLEI Europe has developed two publications to help local authorities implement effective climate change adaptation and mitigation. The first publication draws on the EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change, among other strategic documents aiming to forge a climate-resilient Europe by 2050. The second publication homes in on governance.

Final report from the Stepping Up Knowledge Exchange between Climate Adaptation Platforms (KE4CAP) project available

Web-based climate adaptation knowledge platforms play a vital role in providing access to high-quality information essential to support adaptation action. By facilitating a series of knowledge-exchange activities between 30 platforms around the world, the KE4CAP project, which was funded by the European Commission, has created an active community of practice with members sharing insights, and ideas to help deliver the best possible support for platform users. This final report provides a synthesis of all project activities and outputs and is aimed at informing developers and operators of adaptation knowledge platforms.

Coastal landfill and sea level rise: an international study

There is concern that waste disposal sites along European coasts pose an increasing risk to the environment through the potential release of waste into the sea and onto beaches, as a result of sea level rise. The purpose of this scientific publication is to assess the need for research on the management of waste storage sites located on the coast.

Rainy days harm the economy

Economic growth goes down when the number of wet days and days with extreme rainfall go up, according to a research study published in Nature. Rich countries are most severely affected and with their manufacturing and service sectors hardest hit. Analysis of data from more than 1,500 regions over the past 40 years shows a clear correlation and suggests that intensified daily rainfall driven by climate-change from burning fossil fuels will harm the global economy.

Policy paper released on nature-based solutions and global climate protection

The German Environment Agency released a policy brief with findings from a study examining the role of NbS for global climate protection and in international climate policy considering their relevance for adaptation. It provides a critical assessment of global mitigation potentials of NbS in forests, grasslands, and terrestrial and coastal wetland, and provides recommendations for international climate policy. The results show that the potential of NbS to mitigate emissions is probably overestimated in the scientific literature due to various factors.

ETC Technical paper released about assessment frameworks of NbS for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction

Nature-based solutions (NbS) play an increasing role in both adaptation and disaster risk management. This is also recognized within several global and European agreements and policies. The technical report, published by the European Topic Centre on Climate Change Adaptation, provides a concise overview of available NbS assessment approaches in the context of adaptation to climate change and disaster risk reduction. It is based on information from literature and selected European cases.

The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) contributes to the international approach to Climate change and Health

A special edition of the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) magazine on climate change and health showcases the knowledge and advice that is contributing to solutions for health-related climate impacts at local, regional, national and international levels. Featured topics in this edition include: international approach to health effects of climate change; five questions about climate change and infectious disease; greener streets in Dutch cities; public focus on wind turbines and health.

Conference on the Future of Europe: citizens' recommendations debated in plenary

On 21 and 22 January 2022, the Future of Europe Conference Plenary took stock of the 90 recommendations made by, among other, two European Citizens' Panels and national Citizens' Panels covering adaptation to climate change in Europe. The debates revolved around the recommendations from the two European Citizens' Panels that have finalised their work, in which some 200 Europeans of different ages and backgrounds met.

TERRAenVISION 2022: NbS to facilitate the transitions for living within the planetary bounderies Jun 27, 2022 to Jul 01, 2022 Utrecht, the Netherlands,

This conference aims to focus on finding solutions for the societal challenges, which seems to grow quicker than the solutions that can be created. By bringing the scientists, policy makers and business together, connections will be made between international policies, such as the Sustainable Development Goals and the Green Deal, and NbS solutions for both climate mitigation and adaptation.

Networking event for consortia building on the EU Mission: "Adaptation to Climate Change" Feb 18, 2022 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Online,

In following up on the recent EU Missions information days held in January 2022, that launched the mission implementation phase, the European Joint Programming Initiative on Climate (JPI), supported by the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, is organising a European networking event for the actors interested in the Horizon Europe 2021 calls of the Climate Change Adaptation Mission.

Project launch webinar: EU-level technical guidance for adapting buildings to climate change Feb 16, 2022 from 02:00 PM to 03:30 PM Online,

The project launch webinar on “EU- level technical guidance for adapting buildings to climate change” will take place on the 16th of February 2022, from 14:00 to 15:30 CET. The European Commission is committed to supporting the integration of climate-resilience considerations into the construction and renovation of buildings. A key part of this is equipping industry actors with the technical climate adaptation guidance they need to support this objective.

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