Country:European Union
Policy status:In Force
Jurisdiction:International, National
Date Effective:2013
Policy Type:Information and Education>Advice/Aid in Implementation, Economic Instruments>Direct investment, Economic Instruments>Direct investment>Funds to sub-national governments, Policy Support, Research, Development and Deployment (RD&D)
Policy Target:Resilience / Adaptation, Framework/ Multi-sectoral Policy, Energy Sector, Buildings, Transport

The EU Adaptation Strategy has three objectives:

1. Promoting action by Member States through encouragement, guidance, and funding to help build up adaptation capacities and take action. The Commission will also support adaptation in cities by launching a voluntary commitment based on the Covenant of Mayors initiative.

2. Promoting better informed decision-making by addressing gaps in knowledge about adaptation and further developing the European Climate Adaptation Platform (Climate-ADAPT) as the ‘one-stop shop’ for adaptation information in Europe.

3. Promoting adaptation in key vulnerable sectors through agriculture, fisheries and cohesion policy, ensuring that Europe’s infrastructure is made more resilient, and encouraging the use of insurance against natural and man-made disasters.


Implementation is based on eight actions:

1. Encourage all Member States to adopt comprehensive adaptation strategies: provide guidelines to help Member States, develop an adaptation preparedness scoreboard (with key indicators), and evaluate action by Member States in 2017 (consider legally binding instrument if insufficient).

2. Provide funding to support capacity building and step up adaptation action in Europe (2014-2020 LIFE funding).

3. Introduce adaptation in the Covenant of Mayors framework (2013/2014) where local authorities can make a voluntary commitment to adopt local adaptation strategies and awareness-raising activities.

4. Bridge the knowledge gap by working further with Member States and stakeholders to identify adaptation knowledge gaps and the relevant tools and methodologies to address them. The Commission will promote EU-wide vulnerability assessments.

5. Further develop Climate-ADAPT as the ‘one-stop shop’ for adaptation information in Europe.

6. Facilitate the climate-proofing of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the Cohesion Policy and the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).

7. Ensuring more resilient infrastructure by mapping industry-relevant standards in the area of energy, transport and buildings and to identify standards that need to be revised to achieve better inclusion of adaptation considerations.

8. Promote insurance and other financial products for resilient investment and business decisions, e.g. Green Paper on the insurance of natural and man-made disasters.

Last modified: Mon, 16 Mar 2015 10:21:41 CET