The European Climate Adaptation Platform (CLIMATE-ADAPT) is designed to support policy-makers at EU, national, regional and local levels in the development of climate change adaptation measures and policies.
CLIMATE-ADAPT has been developed with the support of the European scientific and policy making community, and will help users to access, disseminate and integrate information on:
Expected climate change in Europe
The vulnerability of regions, countries and sectors now and in the future
Information on national, regional and transnational adaptation activities and strategies
Case studies of adaptation and potential future adaptation options
Online tools that support adaptation planning
Adaptation-related research projects, guideline documents, reports information sources, links, news & events.
Commissioner Hedegaard said: "This can be a tremendous tool helping decision makers to choose the best solutions to the benefit of their citizens. We are too bad at sharing best practices as well as information on what not to do. This new interactive tool will make efforts much more efficient."
The impacts of climate change pose significant social, environmental and economic threats to the European and global community. More frequent and extreme weather events - rains & floods, heat waves & droughts - reduced snowpack, increasing temperatures and rising sea levels will increasingly affect livelihoods, food production, energy supply, infrastructure, ecosystems: society as a whole. The hot summer of 2003 is estimated by Munich Re to have led to €10bn losses to EU farming, livestock and forestry from the combined effect of drought, heat stress and fire.