A 100% resilient Europe by mid-century with more data and knowledge at the service of decision-makers. The EU aims to lead the world by example and calls for more consideration of the transboundary effects of climate impacts and for a “smarter, more systemic and swifter” adaptation to the impacts of climate change.

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The international dimension of adaptation

In 2018, an evaluation of implementation and performance of the 2013 EU Adaptation Strategy assessed its high relevance and significant progress towards its objectives, while highlighting further efforts needed in some areas — including the international dimension of adaptation to climate change impacts.

Smarter, more systemic, swifter.

Over the past decades, research has significantly improved the understanding of climate change-related risks, impacts and vulnerabilities. The knowledge produced by science must necessarily reach society and translate into tailored products and services that can help the policy sphere in their decisions. “We want to make this adaptation process smarter, which means that we need to have more data collection and more data sharing,” affirms Della Torre. “We need data to have more precise modelling on future hazards […] and to better understand what the links between the devastating effects of climate change on health are.”

Mission: Adaptation

Closely linked to a faster implementation of the Strategy, and cited in the document, is the Horizon Europe Mission on “Adaptation to Climate Change, including Societal Transformation”, one of the five major missions that will be part of the next EU research and innovation programme (2021–2027).

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