Participation in knowledge sharing and learning is now seen as essential to tackle climate change both locally and globally. Adaptation to climate change aims at managing climate risk to an acceptable level, taking advantage of any positive opportunities that may arise, and the complexity of climate adaptation means that adaptation possibilities are influenced by forms of learning and knowledge sharing to a great degree. In order to progress adaptive practices regarding climate change, a commitment to social learning needs to embody the new kinds of practice and sense of purpose (Collins and Ison, 2009).
The European Climate Adaptation Platform Climate-ADAPT is a partnership between the European Commission and the European Environment Agency (EEA) which aims to support Europe in adapting to climate change by helping users to access and share data and information on expected climate change in Europe. Its Urban Adaptation Support Tool (UAST) assists local authorities in developing, implementing and monitoring climate change adaptation plans. In order to boost EU-wide policy learning and capitalise on practices from regional development policies, Interreg Europe and its Policy Learning Platform were established. They help governments across Europe to develop and deliver better policy. There the policymaking community in Europe can tap into the knowhow of experts and peers.
Several catalogues of adaptation options are already available and can help the adaptation process by supporting the choice of the most suitable adaptation measure(s), offering a range of courses and materials to support climate change learning. On a global scale, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) offers a series of courses on climate change and associated topics, with a special stress on adaptation-related knowledge as a response to the impacts of climate change, offered by policy makers, practitioners and researchers. Similarly, UNFCCC has developed a database of Private Sector Initiatives that features good practices and profitable climate change adaptation activities being undertaken by private companies (sometimes in partnership with NGOs or the public sector) from a wide range of regions and sectors.
Selection of platforms grouped thematically and geographically:
National level (Italian and Croatian)
Introduces national climate change adaptation strategy in Croatia for the period up to 2040 and presents Croatian national platform for climate change adaptation.
Presents Italian national platform for climate change adaptation.
Promotes and disseminates studies on the status, conservation and management of Italian coasts.
Shares information about choices and results for permanent dialogue on mitigation and adaptation policies in the region.
RESPONSe (ongoing project)
Provides strategies to adapt to climate change in Adriatic regions (Italy and Croatia), enabling climate-smart governance.
Provides a catalogue of potential adaptation options that can be explored by selecting a specific climate impact and adaptation sector of interest. Case studies provide illustrative examples of implemented adaptation options across Europe.
Presents priorities of the EU regarding a healthier and more sustainable economy, with various policy areas of biodiversity, agriculture, energy, and climate action, among others.
Supports towns and cities in their local activities to achieve the EU climate and energy targets..
cities that design and implement climate adaptation strategies for their local contexts, supports decision-making.
Adaptation Option Library is a searchable database of all kinds of measures. The information can be explored by selecting different climate hazards, implementation scales, measure types and targets, heat/flood effectiveness, and cost-efficiency.
Developed risk management tools, with the help of end users, to help deal with hazards and storm impacts in vulnerable coastal areas.
Established a comprehensive coordination and knowledge exchange platform for climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) for dialogue and consultation.
Focuses on nature-based green infrastructures solutions applied to the water sector, at EU level. Measures can be accessed by selecting a sector of interest or case studies with real implementation examples.
Brings together global knowledge, practice, partnerships, and funding to empower their members to build safe and equitable cities.
Offers talks and videos to share knowledge, create action and drive agenda toward a climate-resilient future in 2030.
Demonstrates that EU farming systems of livestock, arable and permanent crops could become more climate-resilient through the implementation of feasible and sustainable adaptation measures.
Offers the source of data and information on biodiversity and forest environment in Europe, concepts, legislation and case studies.
Proposed adaptation measures in the agriculture, forestry and water management sectors in Catalonia, which are extendable to other Mediterranean watersheds.
Raise awareness about nature-based solutions (NBS) by a knowledge and decision support platforms. Provide knowledge repositories, tools for the assessment of benefits and costs of NBS projects, and tools to manage stakeholder’s participation processes, in European and global case studies.
Contains key information, data and documents exploring different aspects of climate change, and a variety of courses to help increase knowledge of climate change and build skills to tackle it.
The Map of Solutions gathers 90 initiatives across the world that combine different approaches ranging from protection responses, nature-based solutions, managed-retreat policies, research projects to capacity building and knowledge sharing activities.
Accelerates the deployment of climate solutions by facilitating early engagement between cities and solution providers; supports cities in adapting to climate change.
Provides access to information on different themes, methods and tools, and facilitates connecting with other climate professionals and organisations and knowledge sharing.
Considers water management options for climate change adaptation and mitigation. Considers databases and software for food production.
MICCA Programme of FAO
Boosts climate-smart agriculture and climate change mitigation in agriculture, mainly for developing countries.
Takes climate action in cities and raises awareness about positive urban change towards sustainability.
Examines nature’s role in reducing coastal flood risk. Consists of an approach, a web mapping tool, and a network of practitioners in the USA and around the world supporting hazard mitigation and climate adaptation planning.
Improves people’s ability to understand and manage their climate-related risks and opportunities, and helps them make their communities and businesses more resilient to extreme events.
This platform for climate action offers inspirational ideas for every citizen or organization.