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In 2013 the European Commission adopted an EU strategy on climate adaptation. This strategy was introduced to make the EU more climate resilient by encouraging actions from the Member States. The EU Adaptation Strategy focuses on 3 objectives:

  • Promoting actions taken by the member states: all member states are encouraged to adopt their own national adaptation strategies;
  • Taking climate proofing actions at EU level: promoting adaptation with key vulnerable sectors such as agriculture, fisheries and cohesion policy to make the EU’s infrastructure more resilient;
  • Better-informed decision making by addressing knowledge gaps and developing the platform Climate-ADAPT.

Evaluation of the strategy
In November 2018 the European Commission published an evaluation of the strategy. The evaluation was preceded by a public evaluation. In the end, the evaluation contained a report which summarised the most important lessons learned and also a scoreboard for all the member states’ national adaptation strategies.

EUWMA and climate adaptation
Climate change causes extreme weather conditions like droughts and floods which have consequences for water bodies. The water boards are therefore important stakeholders that have to be involved in this process. In several member states, the water authorities are closely involved in the development of these national adaptation strategies.