Climate change adaptation into planning

Climate change adaptation into planning

Climate change is one of the major challenges of the 21st century. In addition to reducing greenhouse gases, the political debate has increasingly also turned towards adapting to the no longer avoidable consequences of climate change. Adaptation as a societal challenge involves a high degree of complexity. So it is important on the one hand the impact of climate change weaken, on the other hand, the company must be prepared for the consequences of climate change. These consequences can be both negative (increased flooding), as well as positive (increased crop yields in northern areas).

The project “Analysis, Evaluation and Policy recommendations for adapting national legal, planning and informational policy instruments to Adapt to Climate Change” aimed to support the implementation of the German Adaptation Strategy. The objectives of the project were:

  • Analyse the State of Play as regards climate change adaptation at EU and national level
  • Analyse the requirements and developments arising from the EU Strategy on Adaptation and how they apply to Germany
  • Technical preparation of national implementation and legal instruments
  • Analyse insofar climate change adaptation is considered within municipal services
  • Identify the extent to which climate change has been considered in regional, county and town planning law since 2008.
  • Develop a methodology of how climate change can be integrated into EIA and SEA.


Adaption to climate change






Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV), Germany

geographic scope:

EU-28, Germany


Thomas Dworak