Forging a climate-resilient Europe – the new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change

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Publication Date 24/02/2021
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Communication published by the European Commission on 24 February 2021, setting out a strategy aimed at preparing for the impacts of climate change.

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This Strategy outlines a long-term vision for the European Union (EU) to become a climate-resilient society, adapted to the impacts of climate change by 2050. It complements the goal to become climate neutral by mid-strategy, as stated by the European Green Deal. It aims to reinforce the adaptive capacity of the EU and the world and minimise vulnerability to the impacts of climate change, in line with the Paris Agreement and the proposed European Climate Law.

The Communication seeks to step up action across the economy and society in synergy with the other Green Deal policies. It sets out a whole-economy approach, with particular consideration for those most vulnerable. The strategy also builds on the 2013 Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, which was reviewed in November 2018. This update aims to shift the focus from understanding the problem to developing solutions, and to move from planning to implementation.

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Europarc Federation: News, 25/02/2021: A new EU Strategy on Climate Change Adaptation

EurActiv, 23/02/2021: Europe’s adaptation strategy to tackle human cost of climate change
Politico, 24/02/2021: Amid record temperatures, Brussels looks to ready Europe for climate change
The Brussels Times, 24/02/2021: ‘There is no vaccine against the climate crisis’: EU adopts new strategy on climate change
Reuters, 24/02/2021: EU bets on data to prepare for climate change impacts
Bloomberg, 24/02/2021: Europe Seeks Stronger Protection for Economy From Climate Risks
EurActiv, 25/02/2021: EU unveils data-driven climate adaptation strategy, drawing green criticism
EUObserver, 25/02/2021: EU sets out plan to mitigate 'unavoidable' climate events

EUR-LEX: SWD(2021)25: Staff Working Document accompanying the Communication
EUR-LEX: SWD(2021)26: Staff Working Document accompanying the Communication
EU EEA: Official Website of the European Climate Adaptation Platform (Climate-ADAPT)
European Commission: Press Release, 24/02/2021: Building a Climate-Resilient Future - A new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change
European Commission: Questions and Answers: New EU strategy on adaptation to climate change (24 February 2021)
European Commission: Executive Vice President Timmermans' remarks at the press conference on the new EU Climate Adaptation Strategy (24 February 2021)

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