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Adaptation to climate change (EU/ Espace) (2008)


Climate change urges us to reconsider the current practices of spatial planning. Adaptation to climate change requires a spatial approach on an international, national, regional and local level. Spatial solutions have to improve the adaptive capacity and therefore need to be both resilient and flexible. The document has two main goals. Firstly, it gives an overview on the present state of national adaptation strategies in European countries. Secondly, there was need of information on specific adaptation measures, best practices and lessons learned.

In both cases, the document wants to answer the following questions:

  • Vulnerability analysis: how does one analyse chances or threats in specific areas and how does one illustrate this to the public, policy makers or stake holders?
  • Strategies: which spatial strategies are used to improve the resilience and adaptation strength of the spatial environment?
  • Measures: how does one realize climate proof adaptations in spatial developments?


The first goal was achieved by performing an international search on national adaptation strategies. The second goal was achieved by organizing an international workshop on successful strategies and the workshop discussion results are presented into the document.

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Royal Haskoning, 2008

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