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EU : new climate change response-strategy

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Thursday, 23 May 2013

EU : new climate change response-strategy

The European Commission launched on April 27 in Brussels a strategy to help the 27 EU member states to “better prepare” for the impact of climate changes.
The adopted documents aim to provide a coherent and improved coordination of the response to the impacts of climate change at local, regional, national and EU levels.
Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action, said: "Cutting the world's greenhouse gas emissions must remain our top priority in order to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius and avert dangerous climate change.But the adverse impacts of the changing climate are increasingly evident today in Europe. Adapting to these changes is one of the most fundamental challenges for territorial development in Europe."
Thus, according to the presented strategy, EU will focuse on three key objectives:
1.    Promote action by Member States; The Commission is supposed to  provide funding to the states to build up their adaptation capacities and take action.
2.    Undergo 'Climate-proofing' actions at EU level by further promoting adaptation in key vulnerable sectors such as agriculture, fisheries and cohesion policy
3.    Ensure a better informed decision-making by addressing gaps in knowledge about adaptation and further developing the European climate adaptation platform (Climate-ADAPT) as the 'one-stop shop' for adaptation information in Europe.

Approximately half of the member countries have already plans for adaptation, and some have started to take action, although all countries still have a lot of work to do, according to the data provided by the European Environment Agency.

Source: European Commission, The Parliament