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1 Adaptation to Climate Change Local and Regional Authorities and Ecosystem Based Adaptation Koen Delanghe European Commission Climate Action – Adaptation to Climate Change

2 Adaptation to climate change Ecosystems role in adaptation to climate change Local/Regional authorities and strategies for adaptation to climate change EU and adaptation to climate change (Clearing House Mechanism) Content

3 Adaptation to Climate Change Impacts of climate change are being felt and unavoidable Adaptation = to reduce vulnerability thus decreasing economic and social cost of climate change Sectors concerned: e.g. Water management; Agriculture and forests; Biodiversity/nature protection; Coastal areas; Marine and fisheries; Health; Infrastructure (transport, energy, built environment); Insurance; Disaster risk reduction.

4 Ecosystems role in adaptation to climate change Figures : One healthy tree consumes 26lbs of carbon dioxide each year. About the same amount spewed by one car every 11,000 miles A healthy 2,500 square foot lawn provides enough oxygen for a family of 4 An average front lawn has the cooling effect of 10 tons of air conditioning, while absorbing pollution Climate change Ecosystem Adaptation : carbon sequestration, cooling effect, floods storage … Impacts/risks : floods, drought, water scarcity, changes of species composition…

5 Ecosystems role in adaptation to climate change Commissioner Hedegaard: We need both green technology and natural solutions

6 Role of Local and Regional authorities Regional and local authorities' role: –CC impacts felt and to be dealt with at local level –Relevant competencies of regional/local authorities –Coordination between sectors –Awareness raising Adaptation to climate change requires: –multi-level governance –public and private sector involvement

7 Regional Climate Change Adaptation Strategies Guidelines on Regional Climate Change Adaptation Strategies (Commission 2009)

8 EU and adaptation to climate change - 2009 European Commission White Paper: Adapting to climate change: Towards a European framework for action - Two main outcomes: - EU Clearing House Mechanism (March 2012) - Develop a comprehensive EU Adaptation Strategy (2013) 1.Improving and widening the knowledge base 2.Mainstreaming of adaptation into policies, strategies and programmes at EU level 3.Exchange between Member States, regions, cities and all other relevant stakeholders 4.Capturing the potential of market-based instruments and the private sector

9 Development of the EU Clearing house mechanism

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