International perspective

Climate change is affecting countries all across the globe. That is why climate adaptation at the international level is vitally important. This is demonstrated by the Paris Climate Agreement from 2015, which addresses climate adaptation in addition to climate mitigation. The new European Climate Law also reflects the importance of climate adaptation.

Adaptation strategy at the European level

The Member States of the European Union have been collaborating on climate adaptation for many years. In 2013, the European Commission drew up its first European Climate Adaptation Strategy. A key element of this strategy is for all the Member States to draw up a National Adaptation Strategy. The European Commission is actively supporting the Member States in their efforts.

On 24 February 2021, the Commission published its revised strategy. By building on the first strategy, the Commission aims to encourage Member States to expedite the implementation of adaptation measures and to implement such measures on a large scale. The Member States have expressed their endorsement of the proposals presented by the Commission. Furthermore, they have stressed the importance of sharing information in support of adaptation measures: information on, e.g., potential measures or on the risks entailed in refraining from taking measures.

Dutch approach is unique

The Delta Programme is the national climate adaptation programme of the Netherlands. The Delta Programme is intended to protect the Netherlands against the rising sea level; to continue to ensure a sufficient supply of fresh water; and to render the country climate-proof and water-resilient. From an international perspective, the Delta Programme is unique: it is a highly comprehensive programme that addresses a wide range of climate issues. Furthermore, all levels of Dutch government are involved.

Sharing knowledge

In the purview of the Delta Plan on Spatial Adaptation, it is important for the Netherlands to keep abreast of developments abroad and to keep in close touch with such international bodies as the European Union and the United Nations. Countries are sharing knowledge and experience at the international level. Such knowledge is also of great benefit to the Netherlands.

Some interesting international reports and websites: