Climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies already in practice based on the 1st River Basin Management Plans of the EU Member States
Cardoso, Ana Cristina
PublisherLuxembourg : Publications Office of the European Union
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The decision whether or not to include climate change (CC) issues into the 1st River Basin Management Plans (RBMP) was depending on the availability of information and on the urgency of the CC related problems involved for each country. Most countries included a chapter to the 1st RBMP do describe the observed CC and its impacts to water resources management and carried out the ‘climate checking’ of their programs of measures but the results were reported with a very different level of detail. The distinction of specific CC measures from the complex of measures dealing with floods, droughts and water quality protection, was rather arbitrary. In the Annex of present report the measures are categorized according to the original reports and, hence, some measures which are qualified as CC measures by one country may be not mentioned by other countries which did not consider the linkage to CC strong enough. Some of the measures in the Annex were not directly listed as measures in the management plans, but were picked out from the text discussing the tackling of climate impact. In present analysis, special attention was paid to adaptation measures addressing climate impact on ecosystems. This topic was rather scarcely presented in nine of the 18 RBMPs analysed. As the measures are translated from different languages, the wording does not pretend the full authenticity of the original text and for more detail it is suggested to consult the original plans in national languages. The present report is of relevance to the 7th EU Framework Programme, Theme 6 (Environment including Climate Change) project REFRESH (Adaptive strategies to Mitigate the Impacts of Climate Change on European Freshwater Ecosystems, Contract No.: 244121), to JRC Thematic Area 3 (Sustainable management of natural resources) foci on CC, to the European Clearing House mechanism on CC, and to the EC Blueprint on Water.
Citation“Nõges, Tiina; Nõges, Peeter; Cardoso, Ana Cristina. 2010. Climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies already in practice based on the 1st River Basin Management Plans of the EU Member States. Luxembourg : Publications Office of the European Union.”
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