„KomPass - Climate Impacts and Adaptation in Germany“ has set itself the task to promote climate change adaptation in Germany and Europe. It points out sustainable approaches and gives an impetus to the development of a society and environment that is adapted to climate change.
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KomPass - Climate Impacts and Adaptation in Germany
One of the main tasks of KomPass is to develop the German Adaptation Strategy (DAS) and promote its implementation. For that purpose, KomPass pools and imparts expertise on climate impacts and potential adaptation measures. Its target groups are authorities, scientists, industrial and environmental associations and citizens.
The implementation and development of the German Strategy for Climate Change Adaptation (DAS) is supported by the following measures:
Policy advice Much of the work concentrates on the development of the German Adaptation Strategy. Several projects are specifically structured so as to establish new knowledge bases for the continuation of the DAS and design the European adaptation strategy or implement it nationally. Apart from that, an indicator-based monitoring of climate adaptation is drawn up to make achievements and required action measurable and cross-regionally and -sectorally comparable.
Environmental research KomPass establishes and promotes research projects on climate risks and adaptation for a viable and climate-resilient Germany. The vulnerability of sectors and regions are evaluated, risks and opportunities are identified and requirements for action are derived on the basis of internal and external research findings. This supports the risk provision of decision-makers and the development of adaptation measures. KomPass evaluates the costs and benefits of measures and examines limits and pre-conditions for successful adaptation measures. Thus, the Centre contributes to the optimisation of existing adaptation instruments and the development of new instruments.
Provision of information KomPass compiles the latest research findings and uses them to develop target group-specific information products. The majority can be found on this website. The “Tatenbank” , the project catalogue climate impacts and adaptation and the climate navigator constitute further useful tools for successful climate change adaptation.
Networking and participation Through workshops and conferences, organised expert dialogues and cooperation exchanges on climate adaptation, KomPass promotes the cooperation and networking among stakeholders responsible for adaptation. It participates in national committees such as the DKKV as well as international bodies like the OECD and IPCC. In order to take the interests of all stakeholders involved in the strategy development and implementation into account, KomPass ensures a broad participation of stakeholders and social groups by organising, for example, online consultations or stakeholder dialogues.
The following experts are working on these tasks:
Petra Mahrenholz, head of department Strategy development, assessment of climate changes and impacts
Dr. Thomas Abeling Communications of adaptation, event organisation, KomPass website, Public Relations
Birgit Börner Technical support of IT components, data management
Dr. Achim Daschkeit Civil Protection and Disaster Reduction, climate resilient societies, stakeholder analyses
Sebastian Ebert Adaptation in the Baltic Sea region, dialogues with and participation of the civil society
Clemens Haße Economic evaluation, instruments for climate adaptation funding programmes Dr. Inke Schauser Climate impacts and vulnerability assessments
Gabriele Schönwiese Back office, event organisation
Dr. Petra van Rüth Indicator-based monitoring, evaluation of adaptation strategies
Andreas Vetter Identification and evaluation of adaptation measures and instruments, best practice, climate adaptation in landscape, regional and town planning
The impact of climate change will be felt more strongly in the future – and in Germany too. This is the conclusion reached in what is called the vulnerability analysis, a comprehensive study on Germany's vulnerability to climate change.