Climate change adaptation in planning

Climate change adaptation in planning

Climate change is one of the major challenges of the 21st century. In addition to reducing greenhouse gases, the political debate has increasingly turned towards adapting to the no longer avoidable consequences of climate change. Adaptation as a societal challenge that involves a high degree of complexity. So on the one hand it is important to weaken the impact of climate change, on the other hand, it is important for the company to 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 on climate change adaptation at the 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 the extent to which 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
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