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EC Consultation on the Preparation of the EU Adaptation Strategy (Climate Action)
PERIOD OF CONSULTATION
From 21.05.2012 to 20.08.2012
OBJECTIVE OF THE CONSULTATION
This consultation seeks to collect opinions from stakeholders and experts in the field of adaptation to climate change with a view to getting additional information for the preparation of the EU Adaptation Strategy.
In April 2009 the European Commission adopted the White Paper on adaptation to climate change entitled "Adapting to climate change: Towards a European framework for action". The implementation phase of the White Paper (2009-2012) led to significant achievements. In particular:
1. The vast majority of the 33 actions announced in the White Paper have now been implemented or are about to be;
2. The European Climate Adaptation Platform (http://climate-adapt.eea.europa.eu/) was launched in March 2012. More and more research findings are being made available on the costs of inaction and action on climate risks;
3. Mainstreaming climate change adaptation considerations into key EU policies has been an important element of the work in the area of adaptation.
Building on this existing work, the EU Adaptation Strategy aims to enhancing the preparedness and capacity to respond to the impacts of climate change in the EU, its Member States and regions, down to the local level. This includes, inter alia, preparing for and responding to rising temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, sea level rise and extreme weather events. Based on best available knowledge on climate impacts, risks and vulnerabilities, the EU Adaptation Strategy could outline a comprehensive range of feasible solutions and required actions at all levels (EU, national, regional, local) and dimensions (sectoral and horizontal) to adapt to climate change. The Strategy should respect the principle of subsidiarity and support the overarching EU objectives of a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth as stated in the Europe 2020 – Europe’s growth strategy. The Strategy should also take due account of other on-going activities at EU level in which adaptation considerations are already being integrated.
MORE INFORMATION AND SUBMISSION OF CONTRIBUTIONS
For more information and to submit your contribution, please visit: http://ec.europa.eu/clima/consultations/0015/index_en.htm