GHG Adaptation Strategies: EU Adaptation Strategy
With the fast evolving global industrialisation, greenhouse gas emission sources are increasing by day. It is therefore important that nations of the world make concerted efforts to adapt to climate change resulting from greenhouse emissions. Adaptation simply involves putting appropriate measures in place to minimise damages resulting from such emissions. It is true that well planned adaptation saves both lives and money. Adaptation strategies may include the establishment of raised dykes, economical use of water resources, and construction of flood defences.
European Union Adaptation Strategy
The EU adaptation strategy was adopted in April 2013 by the European Commission, and the strategy has since become a darling of the EU member states. The main goal of this strategy is to boost the resilience of Europe to climate change. Through proper coordination and a coherent approach, the strategy targets to improve the capacity, as well as the preparedness of the European nations to climate change impacts.
Areas of Focus
The EU strategy has its eyes mainly on three areas:
1. Encouraging Member States to Take Action
The European Commission works hard to encourage the EU member states to implement various climate change adaptation strategies. The commission funds the nations to ensure smooth implementation of the strategies. Through the initiative, “Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy,” the commission has gone the extra mile in supporting adaptation in urban areas.
2. Informed Decision Making
Climate adaptation can be an ambiguous concept to grasp; hence, it needs to be well understood before its implementation. The EU adaptation strategy seeks to address the adaptation knowledge lacuna for better development of strategies. Strategies provide all the relevant information that the EU member states ought to know.
3. Climate-proofing Action
Economic sectors such as fisheries and agriculture are more vulnerable to climate change than other sectors. The strategy aims to boost resilience in such sectors. The European nations are encouraged to ensure their vulnerable investments against both artificial and natural disasters.