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Overview of climate change adaptation platforms/services in Europe

ETC/CCA Technical Paper N. XX/2014

Prepared by / compiled by: Roger Street (UKCIP), Clare Downing UKCIP

Contributors: Silvia Medri (CMCC), Sergio Castellari (CMCC), Tiago Capela Lourenço (FFCUL), Hans Sanderson (AU-DCE)

EEA project managers: André Jol, Kati Mattern

European Environment Agency (EEA)


European Topic Centre on Climate Change impacts, vulnerability and Adaptation


[The ETC/CCA is a Consortium of European organizations contracted by the EEA: CMCC and Alterra, AU-DCE, CUNI, EAA, FFCUL, FT, MO, SYKE, Thetis, UFZ, UKCIP, UPM, ZAMG.]

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Roger Street (UKCIP), Clare Downing(UKCIP) with input from Silvia, Tiago and Hans

Compilation of inputs from ETC team

ETC/CCA AP2014 del. team



Roger Street and Clare Downing (UKCIP)

Zero-order Draft

ETC/CCA AP2014 del. team and EEA



Roger Street and Clare Downing (UKCIP) with input from Silvia, Tiago, Sergio and Han

Preliminary draft for consideration at the Eionet workshop

ETC/CCA AP2014 del. team and EEA



EEA Review (Kati Mattern)

Reviewed version for consideration at the 23 June EEA Expert Workshop

ETC/CCA AP2014 del. team and EEA

Cover photo [if any]: © EEA 2014

Layout/editing: Silvia Medri (CMCC-ETC/CCA)

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This European Topic Centre on Climate Change impacts, vulnerability and Adaptation (ETC/CCA) document has not been subject to a European Environment Agency (EEA) member country review. The contents of this publication do not necessarily reflect the official opinions of the European Environment Agency, the European Commission or other institutions of the European Union.

Neither the ETC/CCA nor any person or company acting on behalf of the ETC/CCA is responsible for the use that may be made of the information contained in this report.

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Reproduction is authorised, provided the source is acknowledged, save where otherwise stated.

EEA Project managers

André Jol and Kati Mattern (European Environment Agency, Copenhagen, Denmark).

Information about the European Topic Centre on Climate Change impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation (ETC/CCA) is available on the internet at:

European Topic Centre on Climate Change impacts Vulnerability and Adaptation (ETC/CCA)

C/o Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici (CMCC)

Viale Aldo Moro 44

I-40127 Bologna


Phone: +39 051 3782618



Contents [still under development]

A.Overview of climate change adaptation platforms 5

A.1Introduction 5

A.1.1Background 7

A.1.2Scope and purpose 7

A.2Definitions 8

A.3State of the art – The adaptation platform landscape 8

A.3.1Scope and History 9

A.3.2Funding models 10

A.3.3Links between adaptation platforms and climate services 11

B.Preliminary analysis 13

B.1Questions/Gaps to consider 13

B.2Challenges for adaptation platforms 13

C.Stakeholder engagement 13

D.Financial and Human Resources 14

E.Presentation 15

F.Practical issues 15

G.Evaluation 16

H.Linking with other platforms 16

I.Quality Control and Assurance 17

I.1Lessons Learned 17

A.Target Audience 18

B.Presentation of knowledge 18

C.Drivers, funding and design 18

D.Technical development 19

E.Testing of the site with users 19

F.Marketing of the site 19

G.Communications and exchange 20

H.Monitoring, review, evaluation (and potentially redesign) 20

I.2Relationships between Adaptation and Climate Services: Towards a framework 21

I.2.1Reality of collaboration 21

I.2.2Relationship between Climate Services and Adaptation Platforms 22

I.2.3Realising the Collaboration 22

J.Conclusions 23

J.1Key messages 23

J.2Next steps 23

J.3Possible follow up 23

References 24

Climate Services 25

Climate Adaptation Services 26

Overview of climate change adaptation platforms in Europe 28

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