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Improving water management and resilience to extreme weather events: TEACHER-CE Toolbox released

The Interreg funded TEACHER-CE project (joinT Efforts to increase water management Adaptation to climate CHanges in central EuRope) has launched the CC-ARP-CE tool as the project’s main output. This online platform aims to support stakeholders of water management in integrated strategies and actions to adapt to climate change and to prevent and reduce the associated risks for the Central part of Europe.

Global Risks Report 2022

The 17th edition of the Global Risks Report of the World Economic Forum identifies tensions that will result from diverging trajectories and approaches within and between countries and then examines the risks, such as climate action failures leading to extreme weather events (described in Chapter 2), that could arise from such tensions. This year’s report highlights the implications of these risks for governments, businesses and individuals.

Global long-term mapping of surface temperature shows intensified intra-city urban heat island extremes

The Surface Urban Heat Island (SUHI) increases the risk of heat-related human illnesses and mortality. Previous global studies analysed this phenomenon aggregated at city scale or over seasonal and annual time periods, while human impacts strongly depend on shorter term heat stress experienced locally. Results published in the journal; Global Environmental Change, show that across urban areas worldwide over the period 2003–2020, 3-day SUHI extremes are on average more than twice as high as the warm-season median SUHI.

LIFE platform meeting: Boosting awareness and engagement on climate action

In October 2021, the EU LIFE Programme held a special online platform meeting to encourage the European Climate Pact’s implementation. LIFE climate action projects, also covering adaptation to climate change, have a lot in common with the European Climate Pact’s objectives. LIFE projects, NGOs, and other stakeholders from across Europe united to discuss how best to support the European Climate Pact.

Green space in European cities is key to well-being – but access varies

High-quality green and blue spaces in cities, like parks, riverbanks and coastlines, are crucial for health and well-being, in particular for the elderly, children and people on low incomes. A European Environment Agency briefing shows that access is not equal, and that cities in the north and west of Europe tend to have more green space than cities in southern and eastern Europe.

Economic losses from weather extremes in Europe reached around half a trillion euros over past 40 years

Extreme weather events like storms, heatwaves and flooding accounted for economic losses of around half a trillion euros over the past 40 years and led to between 85,000 and 145,000 human fatalities across Europe. Less than one-third of these losses were insured, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) analysis of economic losses and fatalities from weather and climate-related events.

TEACHER – CE Final Conference Feb 02, 2022 to Feb 03, 2022

Climate change consequences are already visible in central Europe, and call for better risk management coordination. TEACHER-CE addresses this need by integrating and harmonizing results of previously funded INTERREG, Horizon2020, and Life projects into the TEACHER-CE Toolbox. This tool will focus on climate-proof management of water related issues such as floods, heavy rain and drought risk prevention, small water retention measures and protection of water resources through sustainable land-use management. The direct local and regional implementation will help municipalities and regions in adapting their processes to the changing climate conditions.

Europeans see climate change as top challenge for the EU

Nine out of 10 young Europeans agree that tackling climate change can help improve their own health and well-being, while 84% of those aged 55 or over agree. Almost every second European (49%) sees climate change as the main global challenge for the future of the EU, according to a special Eurobarometer on the Future of Europe.

Coastal Communities Adapting Together: Building climate action locally Feb 02, 2022 from 10:30 AM to 01:30 PM Online,

The Coastal Communities Adapting Together project (CCAT) will hold its closure event to showcase the tools (such as geodesign workshops, educational resources, and participatory mapping projects) that were developed during the project to support coastal communities in Ireland and Wales understand climate change and how to adapt. The project developed a range of tools for engaging with local authorities, educators, young people, communities groups, policymakers and academics. The project partners will explore the challenges and opportunities of these tools as well as the impact of COVID-19 and the next steps.

Sea level survey invites stakeholder perspective

A survey aims to identify the pressing stakeholder needs related to sea level rise to inform several basin-specific expert workshops and a large-scale European conference in 2022. The joint JPI Climate & JPI Oceans Knowledge Hub on Sea Level Rise invites stakeholders from all sectors and domains to share their perspectives, wishes and ideas. The survey will be open until 21 February 2022.

14th Ecocity World Summit Feb 22, 2022 to Feb 24, 2022 Online,

The Ecocity World Summit Series aims to promote the rethinking and rebuilding of our human civilization around the globe to exist in balance with living systems. The 14th edition focuses on themes related to healthy and sustainable urban areas and is inviting innovators, engineers and planners, policy makers and other professionals, with climate adaptation and climate resilience among the topics.

European Innovation Council Horizon Prize on Early Warning for Epidemics: Commission awards €5 million to winning project

The European Commission launched a prize to reward the best Earth observation-based prototype to forecast and monitor vector-borne diseases. The winner of the €5 million European Innovation Council (EIC) Horizon Prize on Early Warning for Epidemics is Greece-based project EarlY WArning System for Mosquito-borne Diseases (EYWA). The EYWA project transforms scientific knowledge into a decision-making tool, contributing significantly to combatting and controlling the threat of mosquito-borne diseases.

Adaptation to climate change & climate-neutral and smart cities Feb 10, 2022 Online,

This international networking event organized by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) in cooperation with Sabancı University and Marmara Municipalities Union under the 'Turkey in Horizon 2020 Phase II' Technical Assistance Project, aims at bringing together participants from Europe and beyond coming from research, industry and local authorities working in the field of climate change and urban adaptation.

Embedding adaptation to climate change in standards - Approaches, challenges and enablers Feb 17, 2022 from 01:00 PM to 04:15 PM Online,

This CEN-CENELEC conference will bring together stakeholders involved in standards for the infrastructure sector (Construction, Energy, Transport, ICT) and other standard developers interested in incorporating adaptation to climate change, with experts on climate change adaptation, climate change scientists and experts for management of climate risks.

Third international symposium Climate Change & Water: Extreme events May 31, 2022 to Jun 02, 2022 Tours, France,

Climate change is disrupting the water cycle. Impacts are observed in all environments and socio-ecosystems. This international event is open to the academic world and to socio-economic partners concerned by the variability of the water cycle and adaptation to extreme events.

TEACHER-CE webinar: Towards adaptation to climate change for water management in Central Europe Dec 16, 2021 from 03:00 PM to 04:00 PM CMCC Webinar,

The Interreg project TEACHER-CE (joinT Efforts to increase water management Adaptation to climate CHanges in central EuRope) is integrating results of previous projects recognizing their links to climate change adaptation in the field of water management. The main outcome of the project is an Integrated Toolbox CC-ARP-CE for climate change adaptation and risk prevention and reduction, which will be demonstrated in this webinar.

European launch of the 2021 Lancet Countdown Report Dec 02, 2021 from 03:30 PM to 04:30 PM Online,

The findings of the 2021 Lancet Countdown report for Europe will be presented during this webinar, where policy makers and researchers exchange their views with the speakers on how to prevent the effects of climate change on public health.

Post COP26 reflections and opportunities: climate adaptation agenda in cities and nature-based economy Dec 07, 2021 from 03:00 PM to 04:30 PM Online,

A few weeks after the end of COP26, this webinar will be an opportunity to discuss the perspectives and opportunities of NBS in cities. What will be the place of NBS in the climate adaptation agenda of cities in the near future? How to finance NBS and what is the place of nature-based enterprises in this economy? Guest speakers will first give presentations to reflect on these topics, followed by a panel discussion.

Glasgow Climate Pact: COP26 agreement reached, including scaling up adaptation

At the COP26, held in Glasgow, climate adaptation was the object of particular emphasis. The Glasgow Climate Pact emphasizes the need to scale up adaptation action to enhance adaptive capacity, strengthen resilience and reduce vulnerability to climate change in line with the best available science and urges Parties to further integrate adaptation into local, national and regional planning

European Environment Agency report released: 'Climate hazards are increasing in frequency and severity across Europe'

As extreme weather events and other climate hazards are increasing in frequency and severity across Europe, solid information is needed for assessing climate risks and planning for adaptation. The European Environment Agency’s (EEA) new interactive report gives an overview of past and projected changes in Europe’s most important climate hazards and how they impact European regions. It is especially valuable for policymakers and experts concerned with climate risk assessment and adaptation planning. The report relies strongly on the European Climate Data Explorer (published on Climate-ADAPT), which was developed jointly with the Copernicus Climate Change Service.

EU Climate Pact Newsletter with more customised content

The EU Climate Pact mobilises citizens to engage in implementing EU Climate objectives including on adaptation. With its new issue, EU Climate Pact Newsletter offers directly dedicated sections on ambassadors, pledges, and to better support people and organisations, by featuring as many concrete actions and projects as possible.

LIFE Heatland online workshop: urban heat island and noise Nov 17, 2021 from 05:00 PM to 07:30 PM Online,

The team behind LIFE Heatland is holding an online workshop, ‘Urban heat island and noise – our not so invisible enemies,’ on 17 November 2021. LIFE Heatland seeks to improve urban adaptation to the consequences of climate change. The team is looking to reduce the urban heat island effect by developing new pavements with less solar storage than conventional ones.

The European Investment Bank and the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts agree to leverage Copernicus for smart climate adaptation

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding setting out a framework for cooperation on the enhanced use of Copernicus Earth observation data. As part of the Climate Bank Roadmap 2021-2025, the EIB committed to substantially increase climate adaptation efforts and ensure that all the operations it supports, are adapted to current weather variability and future climate change impacts. The new cooperation agreement with ECMWF will support it in achieving these objectives.

COP26- Generating a pipeline of climate adaptation projects: Directing finance towards climate resilience Nov 11, 2021 from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM

This virtual event, organised by The European Investment Bank in collaboration with the European Court of Auditors, focuses on the challenge of generating a pipeline of climate adaptation projects in the European Union (EU). The event examines the role of advisory services in this challenge and explores opportunities to work with EU member states, cities and regions on translating adaptation plans and strategies into bankable adaptation projects.

COP26 – Special Session: High Impact Climate Solutions Nov 10, 2021 from 05:45 PM to 06:45 PM Online and Glasgow, UK,

This event will showcase how top profitable climate solutions contribute to the climate objectives of COP21, and engage the conversation with institutions to accelerate their implementation. Following an introduction by the European Investment Bank’s Director, General Chris Hurst, and Bertrand Piccard on the Solar Impulse Foundation’s side, there will be a showcase of a series of high-impact solutions across various sectors, followed by two rounds of panel discussions.

Outcome of online engagement with citizens from Spain

On 28 July 2020, 50 participants from Spain took part in a digital citizen engagement event on the European Union Mission on “Adaptation to climate change” Participants were selected randomly from different gender, age and employment situation groups to ensure a variety of views.

Joint Research Centre report on forest fires: climate change is more noticeable every year

After the worst-ever year in 2019, 2020 was another year in which fires burnt large areas of natural land in Europe. Despite the increased level of preparedness in EU countries, about 340,000 hectares (ha) burnt in the EU in 2020. The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission presented the 21th edition of its Annual Report on Forest Fires in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, covering 2020.

Water stress is a major and growing concern in Europe

The European Environment Agency's report: ‘Water resources across Europe - confronting water stress: an updated assessment’, presents the current state of water stress in Europe with the aim to put focus on managing water availability risks under the impacts of a changing climate. Climate change is expected to make problems worse, as droughts are increasing in frequency, magnitude and impact. Europe needs to strengthen the resilience of its ecosystems and use water more efficiently.

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