Europe acknowledges that adapting to the effects of climate change is now more urgent is than predicted. This is one of the key findings of the Commission's 2013 review of the strategy published this week. The analysis results in a report on lessons learned and reflections on improvements for future action.
For the above strategy, no LIFE sub-programme was specifically allocated to climate action. However, between 2000 and 2015, EU support of €152 million was provided to nearly 150 projects dealing wholly or partly with climate change adaptation. LIFE funding included projects that translate adaptation strategies into plans at national and local level. (Read the full report here)
During the meeting of the 'Working Group on Adaptation' on 5 November, the 2013 evaluation of the EU strategy was discussed by many stakeholders. The city of Rotterdam was represented by Chief Resilience Officer Arnoud Molenaar, among other European city representatives. Rotterdam had the opportunity to tell all those present about the LIFE Urban Adapt project.