Further Development of the DAS

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The German Adaptation Strategy is constantly further developed.
Source: Susanne Kambor

The climate is changing and our society has to deal with changing demands. To cope with these new conditions efficiently, the federal government has adopted the German Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change (DAS) in 2008, Adaptation Action Plans (APA) and the Progress Report to the DAS in 2015.

Why is the further development of the DAS important?

The previously adopted policy documents for climate adaptation, especially the DAS,  the APA and the Progress Report, have established suitable framework conditions to develop our ability to adapt to climate change (adaptive capacity) and strengthen it. Climate change is still a young and very dynamic policy and research field. In order to take account of these dynamics, the DAS and the APA are constantly refined. To this end, the federal government adopted a Progress Report by the end of 2015 with concrete steps to develop and implement the DAS. This Progress Report includes various elements based on the latest scientific findings, some of which are briefly presented here.

Indicator report

On the basis of defined indicators, the monitoring report is meant to describe the current state of development and implementation of climate change adaptation in Germany. With the help of federal and state authorities, associations, companies and scientists, the Federal Environmental Agency developed a system of indicators. In a multi-stage process, indicators for the 15 fields of action of the German Adaptation Strategy are developed. These indicators demonstrate how Germany is affected by climate change and where adaptation measures have already been taken. The indicator system for the DAS is primarily an instrument of the federal state, which is meant to accompany the process of implementing the DAS. The first indicator-based monitoring report for the DAS report was published in May 2015.

Vulnerability assessment for Germany

The vulnerability network, a network of 16 federal agencies and institutes supported by a scientific consortium, has assessed from 2011 to 2015 the vulnerability of Germany to climate change. The purpose was to prioritise the risks of climate change and the need for action at the federal level. For that purpose, existing regional and sectoral evaluations of climate change impacts and vulnerability studies were analysed. Furthermore, a methodology for a new cross-sectoral, nation-wide standardised vulnerability assessment was being developed. Using the vulnerability methodology, an interdisciplinary screening procedure identified those regions and systems across Germany that are particularly endangered by climate change. The results were discussed at the conference “Germany’s vulnerability to climate change” in June 2015 and published in November 2015.

Other elements of the further development of the DAS

Other elements of the Progress Report of the federal government are an evaluation report that describes the implementation of the Adaptation Action Plan (2011) as well as an updated APA, the "Adaptation Action Plan II". This plan presents future actions of the federal government as well as a concrete time and financing plan.

All measures described here contribute to the policy mix that fosters the adaptation process. They define the next crucial steps to develop the the German Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change.

Important conditions for the further process of climate change adaptation in Germany are, inter alia, activities of the European Commission and the federal states.