Analyzing the Policy Framework for Climate Change Adaptation

Duncan Russel, Roos M. den Uyl, Silke Beck, Oliver Gebhardt, Inês Campos, Gil Penha-Lopes, Alessio Capriolo, Sergio Castellari, Mikael Hildén, Kirsi Mäkinen, Anne Jensen, Helle Nielsen, Eleni Karali, Katriona McGlade, Jenny Tröltzsch, Olivia Rendón, Sabine Weiland

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This chapter explores how policies and policy-making perform to support climate change adaptation. It reflects on different tools that have been presented in Chapters 2–5 and that can be deployed to support decision-making. It also discusses how current adaptation measures operate to enhance the capacity to respond to climate change impacts in a coherent manner across sectors. In this the chapter draws on a database of tools that were developed as part of the Bottom-Up Adaptation Strategies for a Sustainable Europe project to support climate change adaptation. It also draws on an analysis of EU, national, and sectoral adaptation policy-making to document: (1) the mix of tools that have been used to develop adaptation policy in the EU, national policy contexts, and a number of different contexts; (2) the policy challenges of delivering climate change adaptation specifically related to autonomous and planned adaptation, public–private decision-making, bottom-up adaptation policy-making, and policy implementation; and (3) the extent to which adaptation has been mainstream in key sectoral polices in the EU from the supranational to the local level.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdapting to Climate Change in Europe
Subtitle of host publicationExploring Sustainable Pathways - From Local Measures to Wider Policies
Number of pages41
ISBN (Electronic)9780128498873
ISBN (Print)9780128498750
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Climate change adaptation policy
  • bottom-up and top-down climate adaptation policy
  • climate policy integration
  • national adaptation strategies
  • policy implementation


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