EU Adaptation Strategy
The European Commission adopted it's new EU Adaptation Strategy as a part of the European Green Deal roadmap on February 2021. The Strategy sets out how the European Union can adapt to the unavoidable impacts of climate change and become resilient by 2050.
The Strategy has four principle objectives:
1.) Smarter adaptation: improving knowledge and managing uncertainty
2.) More systemic adaptation: support policy development at all levels and sectors
3.) Faster adaptation: Speeding up adaptation across the board
4.) Increasing support for international action
Decision-making and acting in the face of climate uncertainty can be facilitated by anchoring decisions in the latest science. The digital transformation is critical to achieving the Green Deal adaptation objectives. The Commission will continue to actively mainstream climate resilience considerations in all relevant policy fields applicable to both the public and the private sectors. Systemic approach includes integrating adaptation into macro-fiscal policy, nature-based solutions for adaptation and local adaptation actors. Responses to the impacts of climate change have also been incorporated into the common EU policies, including the common agricultural policy, Water Framework Directive and Floods Directive. In addition, the Strategy emphasizes accelerating adaptation, and stepping up international action for climate resilience.
The EU adopted it's first Adaptation Strategy in 2013. The new Strategy builds on that experience, increases ambition and strengthens and expands it's areas and priorities.
The Commission's proposal for the first European Climate Law aims to write into law the goal set out in the European Green Deal. In the future the national climate change adaptation plans will be defined by the European Climate Law.