Building a united front to tackle climate change

An EU-funded project to promote and support the coordination of efforts to respond to climate change and reduce the risk of natural disasters could better protect Europe and its citizens.

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Countries
Countries
  Algeria
  Argentina
  Australia
  Austria
  Bangladesh
  Belarus
  Belgium
  Benin
  Bolivia
  Bosnia and Herzegovina
  Brazil
  Bulgaria
  Burkina Faso
  Cambodia
  Cameroon
  Canada
  Cape Verde
  Chile
  China
  Colombia
  Costa Rica
  Croatia
  Cyprus
  Czechia
  Denmark
  Ecuador
  Egypt
  Estonia
  Ethiopia
  Faroe Islands
  Finland
  France
  French Polynesia
  Georgia


 

Published: 21 March 2019  
Related theme(s) and subtheme(s)
EnvironmentClimate & global change  |  Natural disasters
Innovation
Research policyHorizon 2020
Countries involved in the project described in the article
Austria  |  Germany  |  Italy  |  Netherlands  |  Portugal  |  Sweden  |  Switzerland  |  United Kingdom
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Building a united front to tackle climate change

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There is a complex and large landscape of networks, research institutions, government bodies, companies and NGOs working to ensure society adapts to climate change, and to reduce the risk of natural disasters.

The goal of the EU-funded PLACARD project is to enhance the coherence of and give direction to research, policy and practice efforts towards climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction and to strengthen cooperation in these domains. The need for such an initiative has been reinforced by an increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events due to climate change, including cyclones, floods and heatwaves, in the past.

Climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) share the goal of preventing or lessening the damage caused by climate change on the environment, society and economy. However, they work with different actors and institutions, time frames, research methodologies and policies, leading to numerous fragmented suboptimal strategies and a duplication of research programmes.

To counter this, PLACARD aims to enable knowledge and experience sharing, strengthen institutional links, coordinate research and policy agendas and collaborate on strategies and practices between networks within and outside Europe. The goal is to better protect Europe and its citizens from the long-term risks of climate change and the short-term risks of extreme weather.

CCA research tends to start with an understanding of medium- and longer-term impacts. In contrast, DRR measures are often based on addressing existing risks rather than long-term approaches. One of the most obvious distinctions is that DRR addresses all types of hazards, including geological and technological hazards, while CCA focuses on responding to the dynamics of climate.

PLACARD is establishing a network of networks by connecting to existing networks and boundary organisations in order to foster dialogue among stakeholders (e.g. researchers, research funders, policymakers, practitioners) engaged in CCA and DRR at the international, European, national and sub-national levels.

In 2019, the project will set up a ‘connectivity hub’, a new search and discovery tool to bring CCA and DRR together to better understand which organisations are working on what, and where there may be overlaps and synergies.

Project details

  • Project acronym: PLACARD
  • Participants: Portugal (Coordinator), Sweden, Germany, Italy, UK, Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands
  • Project N°: 653255
  • Total costs: € 3 031 647
  • EU contribution: € 2 852 760
  • Duration: June 2015 to May 2020

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