The European Commission adopted on February 24th a new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change, which sets out the way forward to prepare for the unavoidable effects of climate change. Climate change is taking a toll not only on the economy but also on the health and well-being of humans, who are increasingly suffering from heat waves, devastating droughts, to decimated forests and coastlines eroded by rising sea level.
The new EU strategy has a global purpose as it encompasses all sectors of society and all levels of governance around the world. In order to build a climate change resilient society, the EU new strategy proposes to:
- improve knowledge of climate impacts and adaptation solutions
- step-up adaptation planning and climate risk assessments
- accelerate adaptation action
- help to strengthen resilience to climate resilience on a global scale
Additionally, the EU urges that the adaptation measures are based on sound data and risk assessment tools available to everyone. Therefore, the EU will support the further development and implementation of adaptation strategies and plans with three cross-cutting priorities:
- integrating adaptation into macro-fiscal policy
- nature-based solutions for adaptation
- local adaptation action.
Read the full press release here
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