Background and Goals
The aim of the project was to develop empirically-based recommendations for updates to the 2011 Adaptation Action Plan (APA). With this objective as a starting point, the project contained the following primary areas of work:
- The compilation of measures and instruments for climate change adaptation.
- The development of a multi-criteria evaluation and prioritisation tool for adaptation measures and instruments, including above all the consolidation and operationalisation of specific criteria; in particular, existing cost estimations for adaptation measures were complemented by a newly developed method tailored to assessing the administrative costs for implementing policy instruments for adaptation to climate change.
- Application of the evaluation tool to the suggestions for adaptation measures and instruments developed within the project.
- Accompanying analyses of the framework conditions for the formulation and implementation of adaptation measures and instruments.
Steps in the process of adaptation to climate change
Step 1: Understand and describe climate change
- short term = next year’s / decades
Step 3: Develop and compare measures
In accordance with the „Urgency“ criterion, the project concentrated on measures effective by 2030 if implemented.
For measures and instruments, the evaluation method includes a check for interactions with other measures or instruments, respectively: i.e. whether they have synergies, substitute each other or have adverse effects on each other.
Sustainability aspects are accounted for, in particular, under the criterion of “Synergies and con-flicts with other policy fields” (with a focus on environmental objectives for measures, and for instruments, on economic and social objectives).
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