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Addressing climate change in Europe

Last updated: 02.10.2013 // The role of water in climate change adaptation will be the topic at an international conference supported by the EEA Grants in Lisbon 7-9 October.

Addressing the impacts of climate change is a key priority for the EEA and Norway Grants, funded by Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. Climate change is happening now. Temperatures are rising, rainfall patterns are shifting, glaciers and snow are melting and the global sea level is rising.

According to the European Environmental Agency, Europe is warming faster than many other parts of the world. European countries are already experiencing more extreme weather, with more frequent heat waves, forest fires and droughts hitting countries in Southern and Central Europe while others have witnessed increased rainfall and flooding.

Too much or too little
Too much or too little water is an increasing challenge on our continent and the changes in the availability of water resources will affect people across borders and sectors in Europe. Early and coordinated adaptation to climate change, i.e. planning for the changes that are expected to occur, will help minimise the impact and safeguard the long-term prosperity of our environment, economy and communities. Early action will also save damage costs later. However, addressing the effects of climate change is a shared challenge that requires coordinated action and tailored local solutions.

The international conference ‘Too Much, Too Little – The Role of Water in Adaptation to Climate Change’ taking place in Lisbon 7-9 October is addressing the impact climate change has on water resources in Europe. The conference is organised by the Portuguese Ministry of Environment, Spatial Planning and Energy, The Portuguese Environment Agency (APA) and the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection (DSB) and supported by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants.

Policy responses and best practices related to climate change adaptation will be outlined and discussed at the conference. There will also be presentations of recent research related to impacts and vulnerability of water and water-related sectors as well as recommendations for the future.

Read more about the conference on the EEA and Norway Grants website


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