ECCA 2021 Rationale

The theme of the 5th ECCA conference is:

"Bringing adaptation solutions to life: Inspiring climate adaptation action today for a resilient future"

Why acting now? Our climate is changing rapidly. Heatwaves, droughts, floods, fires… Extreme events attributable to human-driven climate change escalate in frequency and intensity, striking more and more people, regions, cities and communities.

Are we ready to adapt? While climate change adaptation science is developing fast and improve our understanding of the climate and biodiversity crises, and relevant climate risk management are increasingly developed across Europe, there is an unprecedented need and opportunity in the EU to scale up adaptation action, through the recovery investment stemming from the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the EU Green Deal.

As part of the European Green Deal, the new EU Adaptation Strategy, as well as the Horizon Europe Mission “A Climate Resilient Europe”, place resilience building and climate adaptation high up on the list of priorities. The European Climate Pact, launched in December 2020, gives additional momentum to act for adaptation, inviting all citizens, communities and organisations in every sector of our society and economy to participate in climate action and build a greener Europe. The New European Bauhaus will explore how to live better together after the pandemic and to accelerate the green transformation of our society.

The European Climate Change Adaptation conference ECCA 2021 comes at a right time, after the first global Climate Adaptation Summit in January 2021, and before the COP 26 in Glasgow in November 2021, the publication of the IPCC 6th Assessment Report and the upcoming conference Adaptation Futures. ECCA 2021 will raise the attention of decision-makers on the pressing need to accelerate the transfer of knowledge from R&I to policies and practices in order to increase resilience in Europe and beyond in a context of rising climate risks.

Adequate adaptation options and opportunities need to be integrated in pathways that lead to a better resilient future. Alternatives do exist to improve climate adaptation in terms of the infrastructure we build and retrofit, the finance we invest and the decisions we make (business, personal and collective), and contribute to shape a climate resilient and zero carbon Europe. Adaptation science, knowledge and practice can inform decision-making and help accelerate societal transformation. Adaptation actions can have multiple benefits, including recovery, resilience, climate change mitigation, biodiversity conservation and restoration, job creation, citizen safety, social inclusion, wellbeing and financial security.

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