CPA aims to create a portfolio of climate adoption strategies for the North Sea Region. This will be done by carrying out multi-focused pilot projects across the NSR in order to analyse the impacts of climate changes as a first step. Subsequently, diverse climate adoption strategies will be developed, implemented and tested. In addition, the project will foster political support established by the Memoranding of Understanding (MoU) of the North Sea Commission, triggering future investments on a transnational level.
01/07/2008 - 31/12/2011
2 - Promoting the Sustainable Management of our Environment
Area of Intervention
2.3 Adapting to and reducing risks posed to society and nature by a changing climate
Directorate general of public works and watermanagement department Zeeland
University of Oldenburg
Swedish Geotechnical Institute (SGI)
County Administrative Board of Värmland
Administrative Board Västra Götalands län
Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute
Ghent University – Centre for Mobility and Physical Planning
Wildlife Trust NCPB
Background and Aim
Aim The aim of the project is to accelerate the climate change adaptation process in the NSR by means of the joint development and testing of innovative adaptation measures in pilot locations for a variety of areas representative for the NSR as a whole, and use the results to give recommendations for regional, national and NSR wide adaptation strategies and create a toolkit for adaptation in the NSR, thus preparing these regions, countries and the NSR for anticipated changes in the climate.
We also aim to improve adaptation policies on regional and national level by means of targeted communication actions to the various political stakeholders.
Background The NSR is threatened by the effects of climate change and especially raising sea levels will impact the NSR which mainly consists of coastal areas. The frequency and impact of natural disasters such as storm surges and floods will increase in the future while also increased levels of rainfall and higher water levels in rivers are expected.
This directly threatens core values of the NSR such as precious nature areas and densely populated urban areas along the NS coast. The EC has recognised that apart from working on mitigation (CO2 reduction) adaptation is unavoidable, hence the development of the green paper 'adapting to climate change in Europe - options for EU action'. Experience and expertise in designing effective adaptation strategies and especially designing and implementing concrete adaptation measures is very limited.
Adaptation will require (huge) spatial investments and innovative solutions which are politically sensitive. Therefore the NSR countries have the common challenge to work on climate change adaptation strategies and innovative measures that will enable the NSR countries to deal with the problems caused by climate change. This project will set major steps towards implementing concrete adaptation measures, transfer this experience to the entire NSR and thus accelerate the adaptation process in the NSR.
Throughout the partnership, different land uses as nature conservation, urban/build-up areas and agriculture are represented. Although all have different accents in land use, still an integrated approach is needed in order to achieve a sustainable approach. Therefore all partners will work together on jointly developed regional adaptation strategies and pilot locations that will set further steps towards implementation and testing of adaptation measures.
Together the CPA partnership worked out how to tackle climate change with adaptation measures and strategy. We shared knowledge that resulted from local pilots and from the discussions we have had among the partners involved in the CPA project. The results benefitted from the coordinated exposure to the public, knowledge institutes and governments.
April - September 2011
During the project's final conference in Brussels on 24 November 2011, the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) (http://www.newsletter.climateproofareas.com/reports/CAPrA_statement_final.pdf) were signed by all partners and submitted to the European Commission (DG Climate, Department 'Adaptation'), Mrs Rosario Bento de Pais, Head of the Department.
The content of this Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is based on the outcome of Climate Proof Areas pilots, and includes recommendations on climate adaptation, process evaluation, ecology, economical and social aspects. The adaptation toolbox, which is one of the main outcomes of the project, is currently under its final implementation stage. It contains risk identification, risk assessment, potential solutions, valuing process, selection of potential measures and follow ups. The toolbox draws on experiences from the different pilots and will be made available as a guidance for regional and local stakeholders to set climate proofing in motion.
The development of the Great Fen Masterplan, the masterplan which includes the projects new priorities (which includes climate change (Aim 4. Climate Change Adaption and Mitigation - To plan, design and manage the Great Fen to benefit climate change adaption and mitigation) won the Royal Town Planning Institute's Silver Jubilee Cup, the highest prize it awards to good examples of planning. Finally, the project has also been quoted in the North Sea Commission North Sea Region 2020 document; 'How can the North Sea Region contribute to the Europe 2020 strategy?', adopted by the North Sea Commission on 31 October 2011.
October 2010 - March 2011
The political statement has been adopted by the Sustainable Development Working Group of the North Sea Commission, the NSC Executive Committee and the NSC General Assembly.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will be signed by all partners during the end meeting of Climate Proof Areas in Brussels on the 24 November 2011. Content of this Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is based on the outcome of Climate Proof Areas pilots, and includes recommendations on climate adaptation, process evaluation, ecology, economical and social aspects.