Evaluation of the EU’s Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on EU’s Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change. The Strategy includes several actions of relevance to road authorities.

In 2016, the DG Climate Action launched an evaluation of the Strategy. The evaluation examines the implementation and achievements of the Strategy compared to what was expected at the time the Strategy was adopted in 2013.  It also looks at the evolution of the needs to which the Strategy responds, for example in light of the 2015 Paris Agreement, which treats adaptation to climate change on equal footing with greenhouse gas emission reduction. The evaluation follows the standard framework for evaluation of EU policies and examines the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and EU added value. More details on the evaluation and the specific evaluation questions can be found in the evaluation roadmap

This open public consultation is one of the stakeholder consultation activities undertaken to gather evidence to support the Strategy’s evaluation.  The consultation is open from 7/12/2017 until 1/3/2018.  Submissions to the consultation can be made here.

The EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change adopted in April 2013 aims to increase the resilience of the EU territory by enhancing the preparedness and capacity of all government levels to respond to the impacts of climate change.  The Strategy commits to delivering three objectives – promoting action by Member States; ‘climate-proofing’ action at EU level; and better-informed decision-making – through the implementation of eight Actions including the resilience of (transport) infrastructure.

A Public consultation meeting on the evaluation of the EU’s Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change will be organised by the European Commission in Brussels on 23 January 2018.

CEDR has contributed considerable technical input to climate adaptation activities and a summary can be found in CEDR report 2017-05 Acting on Climate change




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