Presentation on theme: "Adaptation to Climate Change Local and Regional Authorities and Ecosystem Based Adaptation Koen Delanghe European Commission Climate Action – Adaptation."— Presentation transcript:
1 Adaptation to Climate Change Local and Regional Authorities and Ecosystem Based Adaptation Koen Delanghe European Commission Climate Action – Adaptation to Climate Change
2 Content Adaptation to climate change Ecosystems role in adaptation to climate changeLocal/Regional authorities and strategies for adaptation to climate changeEU and adaptation to climate change (Clearing House Mechanism)
3 Adaptation to Climate Change Impacts of climate change are being felt and unavoidableAdaptation = to reduce vulnerability thus decreasing economic and social cost of climate changeSectors 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 milesA healthy 2,500 square foot lawn provides enough oxygen for a family of 4An average front lawn has the cooling effect of 10 tons of air conditioning, while absorbing pollutionClimate changeImpacts/risks : floods, drought, water scarcity, changes of species composition…Adaptation : carbon sequestration, cooling effect, floods storage …Ecosystem
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 levelRelevant competencies of regional/local authoritiesCoordination between sectorsAwareness raisingAdaptation to climate change requires:multi-level governancepublic and private sector involvement
8 EU and adaptation to climate change 2009 European Commission White Paper: Adapting to climate change: Towards a European framework for actionTwo main outcomes:EU Clearing House Mechanism (March 2012)Develop a comprehensive EU Adaptation Strategy (2013)Improving and widening the knowledge baseMainstreaming of adaptation into policies, strategies and programmes at EU levelExchange between Member States, regions, cities and all other relevant stakeholdersCapturing the potential of market-based instruments and the private sector