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A compass for adaptation: „KomPass - Climate Impacts and Adaptation in Germany“
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„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.

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.
KomPass has a lot of diverse tasks
Source: KomPass

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
Dialogues with and participation of the civil society, Adaptation in the Baltic Sea region and Alpine region

Clemens Haße
Economic evaluation, instruments for climate adaptation funding programmes

Andrej Lange
Stakeholder participation and regional governance, adaptation in the Alpine region

Maya Manocsoc
PhD research on cascading impacts of extreme events on infrastructure; integration of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation

Kirsten Sander
Climate adaptation services, Public Relations

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