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Challenges to Planning Climate Adaptation Strategies in Europe

Challenges to Planning Climate Adaptation Strategies in Europe

BASE Policy Brief No. 1
This policy brief summarises the key challenges, highlighting their implications for adaptation strategies and measures and pointing to avenues of research.

How can adaptation reduce the impacts of climate change and, in some cases, even yield benefits and business opportunities? Decision makers at all levels in Europe currently face a number of significant challenges when devising appropriate and sustainable adaptation strategies. This policy brief is an output of the EU FP7 project "Bottom-up Climate Adaptation Strategies Towards a Sustainable Europe" (BASE) and summarises the following challenges: Uncertainties and insufficient knowledge, as well as the need to improve assessments and the mainstreaming of adaptation in policy.

The Policy Brief [pdf, 530 KB, English] is available for download at the BASE website.


Bosello, Francesco et al. 2013: Challenges to Planning Climate Adaptation Strategies in Europe, Berlin: Ecologic Institute.

Francesco Bosello (CMCC)
Inês Campos (FFCUL)
Alessio Capriolo (ISPRA)
Mikael Hilden (SYKE)
Ad Jeuken (Deltares)
Gil Penha-Lopes (FFCUL)
7 pp.
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Table of Contents

Key Messages

1. Introduction

2. Uncertainities and insufficient knowledge
2.1 Physical changes
2.2 Socioeconomic trends and processes
2.3 Costs and benefits of adaptation

3. Need to improve assessments
3.1 Integrated assessment models
3.2 Analysis of cases

4. Mainstreaming climate adaptation in policy
4.1 Synergies and conflict across sectors
4.2 Participatory approaches

5. Conclusion

6. References



climate change, adaptation, cost-benefit-analysis, synergies, trade-offs, stakeholder involvement, case studies, participation, Europe