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.