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Climate Adaptation Strategies in the EU

Climate Adaptation Strategies in the EU

Processes for design, implementation and review
Member States across the EU are implementing National Adaptation Strategies, and key insights can be drawn by examining their experiences and track records thus far.

How are Member States in the EU implementing National Adaptation Strategies (NAS's)? How do their approaches differ, and what lessons can we learn? Using case studies from across Europe, this policy brief analyses processes for designing, implementing and reviewing NAS's. It identifies the positive role being played by the EU Adaptation Strategy in influencing NAS implementation, while also identifying shared challenges, including those related to short political timeframes and concretely realizing mainstreaming of climate adaptation into all sectors.

This policy brief is an output of the EU FP7 project "Bottom-up Climate Adaptation Strategies Towards a Sustainable Europe" (BASE) and uses case study examples from the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Italy, and Portugal. The examination of NAS's in Europe is complemented by an overview of the EU Adaptation Strategy, as well as the case studies examining municipal adaptation strategies in Denmark, Italy, and Portugal.

The policy brief [pdf, 1.6 MB, English] is available for download at the BASE Website.


Capriolo, Alessio et al. 2014. Climate adaptation strategies in the EU: Processes for design, implementation and review. Berlin: Ecologic Institute.

Alessio Capriolo
Roos Den-Uyl
Francesca Giordano
Mikael Hildén
Anne Jensen
Eleni Karali
Eliska Lorencova
Kirsi Mäkinen
Helle Ørsted Nielsen
Gil Penha-Lopes
Duncan Russel
Hans Sanderson
19 pp.
Policy brief, EU, adaptation, climate change, strategy, national, municipal, Europe, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Portugal