The growing number of meteorological extremes connected to climate change, such as floods, torrential rain, windstorms and heat waves have become an increasingly bigger challenge for municipalities and regions. According to the European Environment Agency, the overall economic damage resulting from weather and climate extremes in the 33 EEA member countries during the period 1980- 2016 amounted to more than 450 billion €. Most of these economic effects were caused by flood disasters (around 40%), followed by storms (25%), droughts (around 10%) and heat waves (around 5%).
Climate adaptation seeks to lower the risks posed by the consequences of climatic changes. It is a cross-cutting issue that covers a wide range of specialist fields in a municipality. Therefore, the employment of adequate administration and implementation structures is key to have an integrated proceeding and to take into account different perspectives and requirements. Initiatives available to support municipalities and regions in the realisation of climate adaptation strategies and measures take this into account with the aim to offer structured support to municipalities and regions.
FEDARENE’s Circular Economy Working Group is chaired by our Vice-President Thekla Heinel, Vice-President for Climate Protection in Municipalities and Regions, with the support of Didier Dousset, Vice-President for Energy Transition, and Serge Nocodie, Vice-President for Climate Action.
Climate planning needs to enable local public authorities to answer immediate expectations of their territories and anticipate the challenges of tomorrow.Serge Nocodie, Vice-President for Climate Action
Climate protection and climate adaptation are two facets of the same important challenge. They must be implemented in an integrated, structured and targeted way in order to create synergies, to fight climate change and to enable sustainable and resilient communities.Thekla Heinel, Vice-President for Climate Protection in Municipalities and Regions
Adaptation, a no-regrets policy: avoiding the unmanageable and managing the inevitableDidier Dousset, Vice-President for Energy Transition