On 24 February 2021, the European Commission adopted a new European Union strategy for adaptation to climate change. Building on the 2013 Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, the new proposals seek to identify and implement concrete solutions to these problems.
The new Strategy should promote building a climate resilient society by increasing knowledge about the effects of these changes and solutions to adapt to them by improving adaptation planning and climate risk assessments, accelerating adaptation action and increasing resilience to climate change globally. The strategy proposes measures to encourage the dissemination of knowledge on adaptation to climate change in order to collect more quality data on climate-related risks and losses.
The Commission will continue to incorporate climate resilience considerations in all relevant policy fields. It will support the further development and implementation of adaptation strategies and plans with three cross cutting priorities: integrating adaptation into macro-fiscal policy, nature-based solutions for adaptation, and local adaptation action. It will also work on strengthening international action. The EU will promote sub-national, national and regional approaches to adaptation, with a specific focus on adaptation in Africa and Small Island Developing States. They will increase support for international climate resilience and preparedness through the provision of resources, by prioritizing action and increasing effectiveness, through the scaling up of international finance and through stronger global engagement and exchanges on adaptation. They will also work with international partners to close the gap in international climate finance.
New strategy for adapting to climate change can be found here.