“Every week we are invited to either television or radio to talk about climate change adaptation. People are starting to see the effects on a daily basis. Now society needs to act,” says project leader Gil Penha-Lopes.
Adaptation to climate change
There are two main policy responses to climate change: mitigation and adaptation. Mitigation addresses the root causes by reducing emissions, while adaptation seeks to lower the risks posed by the consequences of climatic changes.
Both approaches are necessary. Even if emissions are dramatically decreased, adaptation will still be needed to deal with the changes already set in motion.
Read about the programme in each country to find out what activities are funded, how to apply, or how to get involved as a partner.
Funding is available for entities registered in the beneficiary countries having this programme. These may include local governments, urban planners and research and educational institutes.
The Norwegian Environment Agency, the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection and the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate are all donor programme partners in this area. They can assist Norwegian organisations who wish to get involved.
Project partnerships between entities in the donor and beneficiary countries are encouraged.
Project stories, news and features
Three Estonian research teams have in cooperation with partners from Norway and Iceland analysed climate change adaptation options. The findings will serve as a basis for a proposal for a national climate change adaptation strategy for Estonia.
While negotiations for a global climate agreement is ongoing in Paris, climate change is already happening. Adapting societies to the impact of climate change is needed to protect ecosystems, people, infrastructure and businesses. Improving the preparedness at local level is a key element of our adaptation efforts.