European Climate Adaptation Strategy

The open public consultation on European Climate Adaptation Strategy is ongoing until 20 August

About this consultation

Feedback period  14 May 2020 - 20 August 2020  (midnight Brussels time)

Topic  Climate action

Target audience

Due to the broad nature of the initiative, all citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to the consultation. A broad range of stakeholders are invited to provide inputs, including citizens and the civil society, businesses, NGOs, academia, national, regional and local authorities. This inclusive feedback is essential because  all sectors and all countries will be affected. Impacts range from unprecedented forest fires and heatwaves above the Arctic Circle to increasingly devastating droughts in the Mediterranean region; and from accelerating coastal erosion on the Atlantic coast to more severe flooding and decimated forests. EU language versions will become available progressively after the launch of the consultation.

Why we are consulting

The European Green Deal aims to make Europe the world’s first climate-neutral continent. It also announced the adoption of a new, more ambitious EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change. Climate impacts are already felt throughout Europe and are likely to further increase in intensity and frequency. Without drastic emission abatement measures, continued climate change will increase the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible consequences such as the collapse of natural ecosystems, the erosion of global food security or displacement of people. Against this background, it is important to gather a wide range of stakeholder views for the new Strategy in order to inform the design and policy options explored, as well as the appropriate level of ambition. The climate extremes are having far-reaching effects. For example, water shortages in the EU have at times hindered economic activities as diverse as agriculture, aquaculture, tourism, power plant cooling, and cargo shipping on rivers. Moreover, Europe is affected by indirect climate impacts occurring outside the Union in multiple ways, such as trade, spread of infections and supply chains or migration. The ultimate goal of climate action is to protect people, planet and prosperity against the impacts of climate change. By promoting global adaptation action together with accelerated emissions reductions, the EU can help ensure the welfare of EU citizens, safeguard our natural environment and cultural heritage, and shield our economic investments and assets. Moreover, in a society that is increasingly interconnected and vulnerable to systemic shocks, increasing resilience and ensuring inclusiveness globally is a priority. When it comes to the economic effects of the current health crisis, we must “build back better”. The urgency of action in the short term must not deter from moving towards climate-readiness, and the recovery is an opportunity to increase the resilience of our society across the board.

JPI Climate Central Secretariat, Tuesday 7 July 2020