|Policy status:||In Force|
|Policy Type:||Policy Support>Strategic planning|
|Policy Target:||Resilience / Adaptation|
|Agency:||Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (Lebensministerium)|
Adaptation as the second pillar in climate policy represents a necessary and indispensible complement to climate mitigation. The causal fight against climate change – i.e., the further reduction of greenhouse gasses – remains the top priority. A critical element of prevention in the coming years is thus the achievement of climate change mitigation objectives.
Currently, adaptation initiatives are primarily focused on addressing short- and medium-term effects and are set up individually in response to already occurring climate change impacts (reactive). To date, these initiatives have mainly concentrated on the reduction or (in the best case) avoidance of losses and damages from extreme weather events (e.g., flood protection, drought-resistant crops). The consideration of long-term effects (proactive measures) has only been rudimentary, due in part to uncertainty about the future effects of climate change.
Last modified: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:06:23 CEST