Presentation on theme: "The EU strategy on adaptation to climate change"— Presentation transcript:
1The EU strategy on adaptation to climate change DG Climate Action – Adaptation Unit
2The EU Strategy in a Nutshell Action 6. Climate proofing the Common Agricultural Policy, Cohesion Policy, and the Common Fisheries PolicyAction 7. Making infrastructure more resilientAction 8. Promote products & services by insurance and finance marketsPriority 3: Key vulnerable sectorsAction 4. Knowledge-gap strategyAction 5. Climate-ADAPTPriority 2: Better informed decision-makingAction 1. Encourage MS to adopt Adaptation Strategies and action plansAction 2. LIFE funding, including adaptation priority areasAction 3. Promoting adaptation action by cities along the Covenant of Mayors initiativePriority 1: Promoting action by Member States
3Priority 1: Promoting action by Member States Action 1. Encourage MS to adopt Adaptation Strategies and action plansAs part of the Adaptation Strategy package the Commission has provided guidelines to help Member States formulate adaptation strategies.The Commission is developing an ‘adaptation preparedness scoreboard’, identifying key indicators for measuring Member States’ level of readiness.In 2017, the Commission will assess whether action being taken in the Member States is sufficient.MMR (reporting by March 2015)ScoreboardRelationship with MS: Climate Change Committee (WG6) & National Contact pointsScoreboard:The EU Adaptation Strategy, adopted in April 2013, announces, that "by 2014 the Commission will develop an adaptation preparedness scoreboard, identifying key indicators for measuring Member States' level of readiness."- A first approach was presented to the Climate Change Committee in October 2013 and Member States had an opportunity to comment the note circulated at the time. Written comments were received from BE, AT, UK and CZ.- A revised approach was presented to the Working Group 6 on adaptation under the Climate Change Committee in March In addition to comments and suggestions made during the meeting, written contributions were received from AT, BE, BG, CZ, DE, ES, FI, IE, NL, PT, SE and SI.- Based on the comments received, a third draft was presented in June. New comments received.
4Priority 1: Promoting action by Member States Action 2. LIFE funding, including adaptation priority areasLIFE Regulation brought about a new LIFE sub-programme, LIFE Climate Action.Amount available ( ) is 864 million euros.Yearly calls for proposals, launched together with DG ENV LIFE.LIFE will finance:Action grants (traditional LIFE projects);- Priority areas: floods, coastal, mountains, islands, urban, droughtOperating grants to NGOscapacity building grants.Integrated projects2) is to allow NGOs operate and participate as stakeholders and disseminators of EU policy3) is for for MS who have not benefited proportionately from LIFE in the past compared to their indicative national allocation, provided they meet certain conditions specified in the LIFE Regulation (below the national indicative allocation for LIFE; certain GDP requirements – Max €4) : projects with a wide geographical reach, mobilising also other public funds, EU or national, around a common goal (for instance, implementation of an existing adaptation strategy)
5Priority 1: Promoting action by Member States Action 3. Promoting adaptation action by cities along the Covenant of Mayors initiativeLaunched March Support cities by:Creating an opportunity to visibly commit to taking adaptation action from the startHolding a high-level signatory ceremony to showcase cities’ commitment to the initiativeHosting a pan-European information event to network signatoriesEngaging cities on the issue of climate adaptation through local outreach events in Member StatesSetting up a help desk for questions, information and engagement with the initiativeDeveloping content material (guidance, fact sheets, online-platform etc.) for cities to implement and communicate their commitment
6Priority 2: Better informed decision-making Action 4. Knowledge-gap strategyHorizon 2020.Identify and prioritise knowledge gaps. The Commission is working to identify adaptation knowledge gaps and relevant tools and methodologies to address them. The findings will be fed into the programming of Horizon 2020.EU-wide vulnerability assessments, taking into account, inter alia, the cross-sectoral EU overview of natural and manmade risks published in April 2014.JRC: PESETA II study, Gap PESETA (coastal, spillover effects,…), future PESETA III. On the economic impacts of climate change, was published in April 2014.Climate extremes, etc.
7Priority 2: Better informed decision-making Action 5. Climate-ADAPTImproving the platform: friendliness, access to information, tools.Medium term Work Plan ( )Regular Maintenance and updating. Quality Check.A Time series Tool (developed by DG JRC) to visualize observed and projected climate and other data will be implementedDissemination and capacity building: Dissemination Contract (2013), Science/policy forums in countries without NAS (2014)Next:EU Adaptation Strategy section,Hosting the Urban adaptation initiativeRegional informationInteraction with other platformsetcAction 5. Climate-ADAPT:Develop interfaces with other databases and climate servicesInclusion of Copernicus (Ex-GMES) climate services
8Priority 3: Key vulnerable sectors Action 6. Climate proofing the Common Agricultural Policy, Cohesion Policy, and the Common Fisheries Policy
9Priority 3: Key vulnerable sectors Action 7 – More resilient infrastructureJune a mandate for European standardisation organisations:Map standards in the area of energy, transport and buildingsIdentify standards that need to be revised to include adaptation considerations.The Adaptation Strategy package provides guidelines to help project developers working on infrastructure and physical assets to climate-proof vulnerable investments.EIA Directive (Adopted April 2014)Include adaptation considerations into the guidance documents for CBA (and multi-criteria analysis), for :cohesion major projects;TEN-E proj.;(Energy)TEN-T proj. (Transport)Communication on Green Infrastructure (May 2013), work on guidance to ensure mobilisation of ecosystem based approaches to adaptation.AA JRC - Resilience of large investments in Europe to climate change (2015)
10Priority 3: Key vulnerable sectors Action 8. Promote products & services by insurance and finance marketsGreen paper on insurance of natural and man made disastersFollowing consultation (75 replies), a summary of topics published (end 2014)New Commission to take forward with topicsStakeholder dialogue with insurance and banking sectorWorkshops in 2013 with bith sectors – results to be published.Initial agreement with Insurance Europe to hold periodic meetings Insurers- governmental stakeholders-Commission