Germany’s Current Projects

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The federal government supports reserach as well as the development of strategies and actions.
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In order to ensure that Germany is ideally prepared for the possible impacts of climate change, the federal government has already initiated a wide range of projects. These provide important reference points for appropriate adaptation strategies for future climate changes. The projects include both the identification of potential climate impacts and the implementation of concrete measures.

Range of Germany’s Projects

The projects of the federal government to adapt to climate change already address a wide range of fields of action. Many departments, ministries and federal authorities are involved in these projects. They promote research as well as strategy development and the implementation of adaptation measures. A selection of currently ongoing projects for climate change adaptation is presented below:

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research’s (BMBF) project “KLIMZUG – Managing climate change in the regions for the future" has supported the development of innovative adaptation strategies across Germany in seven selected model regions since 2007. The project’s objective is to better understand the regional impacts of climate change and promote adaptation to extreme weather events that will probably occur more frequently in the future. The measure also aims to increase the competitiveness of the regions. The project will run until mid-2014 and is implemented in the following model regions:

  • dynaklim: Dynamic Adaptation to the Effects of Climate Change in the Emscher-Lippe Region (Ruhr Basin)
  • INKA BB: the Innovation Network of Climate Change Adaptation Brandenburg Berlin

  • KLIMZUG-NORD: Strategic Approaches to Climate Change Adaptation in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region KLIMZUG-Nordhessen: Regional Network for Climate Change Adaptation - Northern Hesse
  • nordwest2050: Prospects for Climate-Adapted Innovation Processes in the Model Region Bremen-Oldenburg in North Western Germany

  • RADOST: Regional Adaptation Strategies for the German Baltic Sea Coast
  • REGKLAM: Development and Testing of an Integrated Regional Climate Change Adaptation Programme for the Model Region of Dresden

KLIWAS - Impacts of climate change on waterways and navigation” is a collaborative research programme of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) operated in cooperation with various federal agencies. The programme is organized in five research tasks, each of which is divided into various projects and thematically intertwined. Between March 2009 and December 2013, the project has analysed the impacts of climate change on shipping in Germany. KLIWAS follows a multi-model approach  and thus contributes significantly to the expansion of the knowledge base in the climate impact research – for other fields of action, too. In addition, the findings are used to propose appropriate adaptation measures.

Economics of Climate Change
In the context of the BMBF’s project "Economics of Climate Change", models and action-oriented approaches to climate protection and adaptation are developed on the basis of an economic and macro-economic perspective. Since 2011, 27 projects are promoted. Their thematic priorities are:

  • Costs of climate change, climate protection and climate change adaptation
  • Design and effects of climate policy measures and instruments
  • International climate negotiations and regimes
  • Energy resources and climate-friendly energy supply

A list of current projects can be found here:

The BMVI promotes innovative plans and measures for urban and housing policy issue with the research programme “ExWoSt – Experimental Housing and Urban Development”. A research field of the programme concerned “Urban Strategies and Potentials to Tackle Climate Change”. The “Stadtklimalotse" (city climate guide)” - a locally applicable, actor-specific tool that helps with the selection and implementation of measures for climate protection and climate adaptation – was developed in this context. Based on scientific findings, the “Urban climate pilot” is constantly refined and updated.

Other projects
A comprehensive list of all projects or subsidised measures initiated by the federal government by 2011 can be found in Appendix H.3 of the Adaptation Action Plan.
Information on other adaptation projects of different actors in Germany can be found in the KomPass “Tatenbank” (in German only) and the Project Catalogue.