November 22, 2012

The project Bottom-up Climate Adaptation Strategies towards a Sustainable Europe.

By Jørgen Madsen

BASE will, as outlined below, focus on the key problems of adaptation strategies. It will do this by examining simultaneously the general policy at the EU and national level and actual activities at local and regional levels.

This combination will provide new insights and knowledge support for adaptation strategy development processes. BASE will also provide baseline stimates of costs that can be avoided through adaptation, as well as analyses of no- or low-regrets costs for adaptation at sectorial, national, and EU level.

Case studies will be clustered and made comparable across countries and in order to provide new empirical data that can be used and reanalysed in integrated assessment modelling. The aim is to test and analyse ways of bridging the gap between top-down and bottom-up approaches in evaluating adaptation policies and measures.

Promoting bottom-up processes is essential to ensure sustainable adaptation. BASE will explore the nature of these processes in order to understand how awareness raising and transparency of governmental plans and actions (e.g., through participatory actions) can contribute to making climate change adaptation strategies truly adaptive to changing conditions. BASE will also analyse the conditions for facilitating the adoption of comprehensive top-down strategies by citizens and stakeholders. These findings can guide the design of strategies and actions that have a greater chance of being effectively implemented.

Link to the international project website for BASE