What do you think are the priorities for the next EU Adaptation Strategy? Are you producing useful information that you could share with others? In this blog, Clare Downing of UKCIP and Kati Mattern of the European Environment Agency invite you to ECCA session 5.4 to find out how adaptation knowledge is being shared across Europe and help to identify future needs.

Session 5.4: Capturing and sharing knowledge on adaptation: how to support decision makers in the EU.
Tuesday 6th June, 16:00-17:45
Chair: André Jol, European Environment Agency

Blog Authors: Clare Downing, UKCIP and Kati Mattern, EEA

Are you a policy-maker interested in contributing to the priority setting of the next phase of EU adaptation policy development?

Are you an expert or, researcher producing adaptation information and wishing to share this knowledge?

If so, come to this session to hear about the progress that has been achieved since the publication of the 2013 EU Adaptation Strategy and to share your opinions in a workshop about the future needs for sharing adaptation knowledge in Europe.

One of the objectives of the 2013 EU Adaptation Strategy is to promote better informed decision making that contributes to a more climate-resilient Europe. This has been actioned by identifying gaps in adaptation knowledge and addressing them through two avenues. Firstly through EU funding, such as structural funds or research funds (FP7, H2020, LIFE Programme, Copernicus) and secondly through the development of the European Climate Adaptation Platform (Climate-ADAPT) that has collated scattered adaptation information into one location, and shared this knowledge across Europe.

This session will be split into two parts – a presentation part and a workshop part. The presentations will reflect on what has been done since 2013 from a variety of EU, project-based and national perspectives. The workshop will capture opinions about the future needs for sharing adaptation knowledge. A session report will be produced to feed into the conference proceedings and future EEA and European Commission (DG Climate Action) work, such as the Evaluation of the EU Adaptation Strategy 2017/18.

The first part will include six talks covering:

1. An overview of policy on adaptation in the EU from Directorate General Climate Action (DG Climate Action) including an update on how gaps in knowledge have been identified and addressed since 2013. This will cover the whole spectrum – from climate information (via Copernicus Climate Change Service), to climate impacts (covered by e.g. Joint Research Centre studies) and adaptation options. This will be illustrated with a few projects.

2. An example of an EC project that focused on filling gaps in knowledge by compiling and summarizing the state-of-the-art knowledge relevant for adaptation assessments. This project evaluated the available knowledge on ecosystem-based adaptation options; infrastructure resilience and adaptation to climate change; and national methods for vulnerability assessments.

3. Examples of a number of research projects (FP7 and Copernicus) that have developed user–oriented climate information portals. The lessons, success factors and limitations will be described from the research projects: CLIPC, Euporias, Climate4Impact and SWICCA.

4. The results of the evaluation of the European Climate Adaptation Platform (Climate-ADAPT), including a user survey. Climate-ADAPTs’ strategic objective is to capture knowledge from across Europe in a way that is complementary to information that is available at national level. Climate-ADAPT has complemented the online platform by a package of awareness raising measures e.g. workshops, conferences, webinars, EEA technical reports and a newsletter. Initial thoughts of new ways to meet users’ needs will also be presented.

5. How the Spanish AdapteCCa platform brings together adaptation decision makers from different levels and sectors within Spain. With the support of the LIFE SHARA project (2016-2021), AdapteCCa will gain a central role in the governance of climate change adaptation in Spain, linking the information available at national level and EU level via Climate-ADAPT and reaching out to involve all adaptation stakeholders.

6. The German Environment Agency will demonstrate its approach for analysing the gaps in adaptation knowledge at national level and the strategies that have been used to close these gaps. It will reflect on the process of identifying and updating strategic objectives, overarching goals, target groups and key messages of the national adaptation platform “anpassung.net”.

Organisers: European Environment Agency/Directorate-General for Climate Action, European Commission/Ecofys/UKCIP/National Environment Agencies of Spain and Germany