Climate change adaptation is a demanding challenge for small to medium-sized municipalities. Nevertheless, in many European countries the responsibility for building, maintaining and adapting local infrastructure is with the municipalities, either at city level or at the level of regional planning authorities. LOCAL ADAPT strives towards meeting these challenges and providing solutions.
In order to improve the resilience of European municipalities and regions to adverse negative impacts of climate change such as heavy rain, heat and drought, four key objectives are:
- Implementation of specific climate change adaptation measures in cooperation with municipalities
- Integration of climate change adaptation into the administrative practice of local authorities
- Enhancing the knowledge of municipalities on climate change adaptation
- Improving the data and information base on climate change impacts
To realize the implementation of specific measures on the local level, municipal knowledge and capacities must be increased. Updated data and information on climate change impacts, risks and vulnerabilities are a prerequisite to a profound knowledge transfer which enables decision makers to take the right decisions and to integrate climate change adaptation into their administrative practice.
Six partners from four Europe member states (Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and Latvia) will bring in their valuable experience and proficiency into LOCAL ADAPT. In the course of the five-year project they will strive to enhance the capacity of municipalities to cope with the impacts of climate change and will contribute remarkably to the implementation of the EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change.
The Climate Service Center Germany contributes to this project by providing local climate information for the specific case study sites, by ensuring transferability of concepts and methods, and setting up the communication strategy.
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