Climate-ADAPT science/policy forum: workshops for the dissemination and exchange of adaptation-related knowledge to policymakers
Client: DG Climate Action
The EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change, adopted in 2013, aims to contribute to a more climate-resilient Europe. Among the strategy’s key objectives are to promote action by Member States and to promote better informed decision-making upon adaptation.
Across the EU, there has been varied progress with developing the adaptation knowledge base and strategic planning for adaptation, and some Member States have progressed much further than others.
The objective of this contract was to provide additional support to those Member States that lag behind in the adaptation planning process (who have only recently or are still in the process of adopting a climate change adaptation strategy at the national level). This was done through a series of country-level science-policy forum events, where knowledge and information was exchanged between key Member State stakeholder groups (national, regional, and local-level administrations, sectoral authorities, research, civil society and private sector organisations) and the EU.
A total of eight events took place either in a single Member State or in a group of Member States; these events focused on the problems and needs of Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, The Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia.
Milieu, as the project lead, carried out the following activities:
1. analysis, through desk research and interviews, identification of the state of adaptation research, planning and action in the country and identification of the key challenges facing national policy-makers, with emphasis on the interface between scientific research and policy-making;
2. design, organisation and facilitation of eight workshop events aimed at providing forums for meeting, debating and mutual learning of relevant stakeholders, including the scientific community and policy-makers;
3. dissemination and collection of user feedback on the Climate-ADAPT web platform;
4. preparation of a final report synthesising the results and conclusions from the forum events, with recommendations for improvements to the content and structure of Climate-ADAPT aimed at strengthening the role of the Climate-ADAPT online platform as a support tool for climate change adaptation in the EU, especially in the Member States listed above.