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Bottom-up Climate Adaptation Strategies towards a Sustainable Europe

Bottom-up Climate Adaptation Strategies towards a Sustainable Europe

Objective

Climate change can disrupt ecological, social and economic systems, with some regions and sectors suffering significantly. Therefore, adaptation plays a paramount role in responding to climate change. Progress has been made, but there are still important obstacles. Knowledge of the benefits and costs of adaptation is sparse, unsystematic and unevenly distributed across sectors and countries. Planning suffers from substantial uncertainties in terms of precise impacts. It is also difficult to reconcile the bottom-up nature of adaptation with top-down strategic policy making on adaptation. To address these challenges BASE will:

Improve adaptation knowledge availability, integration and utilization
Case studies will be used to understand facilitators of, and barriers to, adaptation. Over 20 cases have been selected to cover the diversity of adaptation, simultaneously paying attention to the need for generalization and comparability. The gap between top-down strategic assessments of costs and benefits and empirical context-sensitive bottom-up analyses will be bridged using novel combinations of models and qualitative analyses.

Promote and strengthen stakeholder participation in adaptation
BASE will support stakeholder involvement through novel participatory and co-design techniques. Successful bottom-up initiatives will be studied, and the use of knowledge, two-way learning, the role of social media and other awareness raising methods and tools will be explored.

Support coherent, multi-level, multi-sector integrated adaptation policies
BASE will provide policy guidelines by integrating lessons from past experiences, case studies, insights provided by modeling and stakeholder participation. Issues of multilevel, cross sectoral and inter-temporal governance that are presently weakly tackled will be highlighted. Potential conflicts and synergies of adaptation with other important policies will be explored to overcome constraints caused by context-related inertias.
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Coordinator

AARHUS UNIVERSITET

Address

Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C

Denmark

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 850 560

Administrative Contact

Lars Villemoes (Mr.)

Participants (14)

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ECOLOGIC INSTITUT gemeinnützige GmbH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 570 854,27

FUNDACAO DA FACULDADE DE CIENCIAS DA UNIVERSIDADE DE LISBOA FP

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 454 252,80

FONDAZIONE CENTRO EURO-MEDITERRANEOSUI CAMBIAMENTI CLIMATICI

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 409 016

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR UMWELTFORSCHUNG GMBH - UFZ

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 380 124

THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 370 848

STICHTING DELTARES

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 562 235

ASOCIACION BC3 BASQUE CENTRE FOR CLIMATE CHANGE - KLIMA ALDAKETA IKERGAI

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 302 056,20

SUOMEN YMPARISTOKESKUS

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 408 675

ISTITUTO SUPERIORE PER LA PROTEZIONE E LA RICERCA AMBIENTALE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 254 160

CENTRUM VYZKUMU GLOBALNI ZMENY AV CR VVI

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 157 230

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 395 284,80

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 333 750

FONDEN TEKNOLOGIRADET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 404 040

UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 46 356

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 308337

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2012

  • End date

    30 September 2016

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 555 674,25

  • EU contribution

    € 5 899 442,07

Coordinated by:

AARHUS UNIVERSITET

Denmark