Ação climática

EU Adaptation Strategy


In April 2013 the European Commission adopted an EU strategy on adaptation to climate change which has been welcomed by the EU Member States. The strategy aims to make Europe more climate-resilient. By taking a coherent approach and providing for improved coordination, it will enhance the preparedness and capacity of all governance levels to respond to the impacts of climate change.

Sheep, sea and wind turbines in the Netherlands © iStockphoto

The EU Adaptation Strategy focuses on three key objectives:

  • Promoting action by Member States: The Commission encourages all Member States to adopt comprehensive adaptation strategies (currently 21 have strategies) and provides funding to help them build up their adaptation capacities and take action. It also supports adaptation in cities through the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy initiative.
  • 'Climate-proofing' action at EU level by further promoting adaptation in key vulnerable sectors such as agriculture, fisheries and cohesion policy, ensuring that Europe's infrastructure is made more resilient, and promoting the use of insurance against natural and man-made disasters.
  • Better informed decision-making by addressing gaps in knowledge about adaptation and further developing the European climate adaptation platform (Climate-ADAPT) as the 'one-stop shop' for adaptation information in Europe.

Evaluation of the EU Adaptation Strategy

In 2016, the Commission launched an evaluation of the EU Adaptation Strategy. The evaluation examines the actual implementation and the achievement of the Strategy compared to what was expected.  The evaluation follows the standard framework for evaluation of EU policies and examines the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and EU added value. More details on the evaluation and the specific evaluation questions can be found in the evaluation roadmap. The evaluation is planned to be completed by mid-2018 and its results will be published here.

Stakeholder input for the evaluation

In line with the consultation strategy for the evaluation of the EU Adaptation Strategy, public consultation activities are planned to take place according to the following indicative timeframe:

  • On 5th April 2017, a first stakeholder workshop was held in Brussels.
  • On 26th October: open stakeholder workshop (registration information will follow in due course)
  • October 2017 – January 2018: 12-week public internet consultation

EU Adaptation Strategy Package

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