TOPIC 2: Adaptation Fields and Measures

TOPIC 2: Adaptation Fields and Measures

Presentation of the different levels and their toolkits of implementation of adaptive measures and actions.

There are different levels and many ways or methods to adapt to what is happening regarding climate and what is predicted to happen. Given the scale of climate change, and the fact that it will affect many areas of life, adaptation also needs to take place on a wider, greater scale.

It seems rather unfair that many of the world’s most climate-vulnerable countries have done the less to cause climate change, yet they are experiencing extreme heat waves, floods and other climate-related disasters. Some communities even will need to move to new locations in the near future, because it will be impossible to adapt. This is already happening in some island countries facing rising seas. It is now time to take responsibility globally.

Source: access date: 06.07.2023

International support measures

The Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility (LoCAL) mechanism – originally designed by the UN Capital Development Fund in 2011 – helps local government authorities in the least developed and other developing countries to get access to appropriate finance, capacity-building and technical support they need to adapt to climate change. Measures are financed by special grants, known as performance-based climate resilience grants (PBCRGs), including technical support and capacity building actions. LoCAL is strongly supported with funding from the European Union.

National actions

Our economies and societies need to become more resilient to climate impacts. The capacity of governance, financial support and the legacy of past urban infrastructure investment constrain how cities and settlements are able to adapt. This will require large-scale, sectoral efforts, many of which will be orchestrated by governments and local authorities.

Legal issues: regulations must provide appropriate and resilient framework to keep up with the changing circumstances and being able to reflecting to extreme events. 

Enhanced and engaged society: strengthening social cohesion and solidarity is one of the most fundamental and important tasks of governments

Built environment: our cities and settlement was created for different climatic and weather conditions. Therefore the constant maintenance and repair of these structures, road networks and buildings must be in the focus. In case of need the strategic ones must be “upgraded” for extreme conditions in a very short period of time.

State services: governmental organizations and local authorities must be prepared for functioning in unpredictable situations with higher potential than before. The governmental institutions and the NGO-s must enhance their cooperation in every field.