Why is the further development of the DAS important?
The previously adopted policy documents for climate adaptation, especially the DAS, and the APA and the Progress Report, have established suitable framework conditions to develop and strengthen our ability to adapt to climate change (adaptive capacity). Climate change as a field of research has proven to be very dynamic. In order to take account of these dynamics, the DAS and the APA are constantly refined.
Progress Report Climate Adaption 2015
To this end, the federal government adopted a Progress Report by the end of 2015. It provides an overview about current knowledge, activities and opportunities for action as well as concrete steps to develop and implement the DAS. The monitoring report to DAS and the German vulnerability assessment (2015) by the vulnerability network built the foundation for the Progress Report.
Monitoring Report 2015
The monitoring report describes the observed effects of climate change and the current level of adaption to climate change in Germany. In a multi-stage process and with the help of federal and state authorities, associations, companies and scientists, the Federal Environmental Agency developed a system of indicators for the 15 fields of action of the DAS These indicators demonstrate how Germany is affected by climate change and where adaptation measures have already been taken.
Vulnerability assessment for Germany 2015
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 prioritize 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 analyzed. Furthermore, a methodology for a new cross-sectoral, nation-wide standardized 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 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.
Next steps for the further development of the DAS
All measures described here contribute to a continuous adaptation process. They define the next crucial steps to develop 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.