Climate change adaptation websites and resources

When looking for climate change adaptation resources at the regional and local level the problem is that most of the information is only available in local languages of the different countries which makes things difficult to access and to use. Nevertheless there are – apart from the weADAPT and Climate Funds Update websites – some other websites and resources in English which can be helpful for the climate change strand of the EMAPS project:

UKCIP

UKCIP supports adaptation to the unavoidable impacts of a changing climate. UKCIP coordinates and influences research into adapting to climate change, and encourages organisations to use their tools and information to help them consider their climate risks and how to adapt. There are links to essentials (frameworks, definitions), tools (supporting instruments), government (who is involved where and why), case studies and resources.

ESPON Climate

The ESPON project 2013/1/4 “Climate change and territorial effects on regions and local economies” deals with the impacts of climate change on the European regions and their economies as well as the consequences for spatial planning. Therefore the project seeks to analyse the regional sensitivities towards climate stimuli and the likely economic effects of climate change on European regions also considering mitigation and adaptation measures. Eventually, the project aims at the development of new potential regional typologies with respect to the multitude of aspects and consequences in the context of climate change. At the ESPON website you will find all the main reports as well as reports from the case studies Alpine Space, Tisza River (Hungary), North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany), Mediterranean Coast of Spain, Bergen (Norway), The Netherlands and Coastal Aquifers. Data on the ESPON projects is provided via the ESPON 2013 Database.

Climate Research – The Netherlands

The joint website of the Dutch “Climate changes Spatial Planning” Programme and the “Knowledge for Climate” Research Programme provides information on the programmes themselves, projects that have been funded, methods and approaches, publications and case studies. Both programmes have a slightly different focus: The Climate changes Spatial Planning Programme enhances joint-learning between communities and people in practice within spatial planning, with the themes climate scenarios, mitigation, adaptation, integration and communication, The Knowledge for Climate Research Programme develops knowledge and services, focusing on eight Hotspots (Schiphol Mainport, Haaglanden Region, Rotterdam Region, Major Rivers, South-West Netherlands Delta, Shallow waters and peat meadow areas, Dry rural areas, Wadden Sea, Delta Alliance) enabling the climate proofing of the Netherlands.

Climate Change Adaptation Resource

This website brings together a wide collection of knowledge, lessons and experience from five countries across the Northern Periphery, who participated in the NPP Clim-ATIC project from 2008 to 2011. Twelve communities worked in partnership with researchers and local authorities, to develop their capacity to adapt to the impacts of current and future climate changes, under the themes of transport, energy, risk management and tourism. This knowledge can be freely accessed in a variety of ways using the links above, either via viewing case studies directly or through the targeted training material.

National Adaptation Programmes of Action

National adaptation programmes of action (NAPAs) provide a process for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to identify priority activities that respond to their urgent and immediate needs to adapt to climate change – those for which further delay would increase vulnerability and/or costs at a later stage. The main content of NAPAs is a list of ranked priority adaptation activities and projects, as well as short profiles of each activity or project, designed to facilitate the development of proposals for implementation of the NAPA. To facilitate access to project details from the NAPAs, the secretariat has developed a NAPA Project Database.

European Environment Agency

By providing information on climate change in Europe, the EEA supports the implementation of legislation on climate mitigation and adaptation in Europe, the evaluation of EU policies and the development of long-term strategies to mitigate and adapt to climate change. EEA’s information (data, indicators, assessments, projections) focuses on climate change mitigation (greenhouse gas emission trends, projections, policies and measures), and on climate change impacts and adaptation actions in Europe. The EEA provides information and publications such as Urban adaptation to climate change in Europe 2012, Impacts of Europe’s changing climate – 2008 indicator-based assessment, Impacts of Europe’s changing climate 2004. Further, there is a section on sharing European environmental datasets, maps, charts and applications.

UNEP Climate Change Adaptation

UNEP helps developing countries to reduce vulnerabilities and build resilience to the impacts of climate change. UNEP builds and strengthens national institutional capacities for vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning, and supports national efforts to integrate climate change adaptation measures into development planning and ecosystem management practices. It provides sections on Science and Tools and focuses on the following topics: Science and Assessments, Knowledge and Policy, Ecosystem-Based Adaptation, Economics and Finance, Access to Adaptation Finance.

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