Adapting to climate change: intervention pathways to realise resilience across the 2-Seas

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Adaptation to Climate Change


With the increasing environmental, social and financial impacts of climate change, there is a demand for public authorities to take a more proactive and collaborative approach to reduce current and future vulnerability to flooding/drought. Water managers and climate experts in the Netherlands have developed a flexible approach to making long-term risk management decisions known as Dynamic Adaptive Policy Pathways (DAPP). DAPP has been applied to large water management and infrastructure project. A similar approach has been taken by other Member States, such as the United Kingdom in the TE2100 project to assess future adaptation options in the Thames Estuary. This project would apply similar techniques at a local-scale to public authorities and services that work outside the traditional remit of water management, such as health and social care services, parish councils or highways. Currently, climate risk experts use risk/impact assessment to develop the business case for action and adaptation plans. However, these tend to be separate and are difficult to implement with changing circumstances and uncertainty. This is especially true for non-specialists who might not oversee risk management, yet need to take action to be more prepared for flooding/drought. Through the project, partners, with the help of target beneficiaries, will develop a decision support tool, based on the DAPP approach, which will create customisable intervention logic for wide-ranging public authorities and services to invest in and implement adaption solutions. This will result the establishment of tested and costed concrete steps to increase resilience and improve adaptive capacity across the 2 Seas area.

Creation date: 19/05/2016

Bloc onglets

Bloc 1

Overall objective

To identify the most effective and efficient economic, social, political, and physical scenarios in which Public Authorities should invest in adaption solutions. To establish pathways and trigger points where these solutions will be implemented, in a tested and cost-effective way, to increase adaptation capacity and resilience.

Bloc 2


Through the project, partners will develop a decision support tool, based on the DAPP approach, which will create customisable intervention logic for a wide-range of public authorities and services to invest in and implement adaption solutions. Organisations will be able to use this tool identify their risks, plot/prepare possible actions and determine the most cost-effective scenarios in which to implement adaptation solutions. The output of the tool will create a framework/structure/pathway model to be used to help organisations decide when to invest in which types of adaptation, incrementally increasing resilience over time. Stakeholders will be involved in developing the tool and customising it for their needs.

Bloc 3

Expected result

Public authorities will not only understand their risks from flood/drought and what they need to do to minimise them, but will be able to determine the best scenarios in which to invest in and implement adaption solutions. This will ensure that adaptation action is being incrementally adopted in the most cost-effective way, as long-term challenges posed by climate change are addressed through the collective integration of adaptation into long-term planning across Member States. Higher levels of adaptation capacity will be achieved by developing a transferable and customisable tool, creating operational and structural conditions to implement adaptation solutions while reducing future vulnerability and costs.

Bloc 4

Cross-border added-value

Flooding/drought do not follow physical, social or political boundaries. Solely local or unilateral strategies can fail to adequately reduce vulnerability to climate change across the 2 Seas area and result in duplication and inefficient use of limited resources. Participating partners have varying levels of recent experience of flooding/drought with different approaches and techniques to reduce risks. Cross border cooperation is needed to identify shared solutions, pool expertise and identify fully transferable common solutions that can be implemented across Member States.