International perspective

Climate adaptation is a global issue. In addition to mitigation, the Climate Agreement drawn up in Paris in December 2015 also devotes attention to climate adaptation.

In the European Union (EU), the member states have been collaborating in the field of climate adaptation for many years. In 2013, the European Commission (EC) set down a European Climate Adaptation Strategy. A key element in this strategy is the formulation of National Adaptation Strategies by the member states. The EC actively supports the member states in this respect.

The Delta Programme is a unique climate adaptation programme, focused on accommodating the impact of climate change on the water cycle, i.e., sea level rise, increasing probability of extreme river discharges, increasing probability of pluvial flooding in regional water systems, extreme drought, and increasing frequency and severity of peak downpours and heat. In an international perspective, the set-up and scope of the Delta Programme, with the comprehensive commitment of all governments, is unique.

Keeping abreast of the developments in other countries and keeping in touch with international bodies such as the EU and the United Nations is important for the Spatial Adaptation sub-programme, as it is for other components of the Delta Programme. The considerable exchange of knowledge and experience is of great benefit to the Netherlands.

Below is a list of some interesting international reports and websites:

Fifth IPCC Assessment Report (WGII, Adaptation, Chapters 14-17)

UN-ECE report Guidance on Water and Adaptation to Climate Change (2009)

Report on the 4th International Climate Change Adaptation Conference “Adaptation Futures”

The page on climate adaptation on the website of the European Commission

The ClimateADAPT website of the European Environment Agency

The “Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy” website