Second Evaluation of the DAS – Methodological development and implementation of a policy analysis for the evaluation of the German Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change (DAS)

Adaption to climate change

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Resilience Strategies for Regions (REGILIENCE)

CINEA | REGILIENCE is the Coordination and Support Action for the development of Innovation Packages and regional resilience pathways under the call LC-GD-1-3-2020. It aims to foster the adoption and wide dissemination of regional climate resilience pathways, following a demand-driven approach and bearing in mind the expertise and knowledge acquired, as well as the solutions available from Innovation Packages and other sources.

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Innovative tools and solutions for governing the water-energy-food-ecosystems NEXUS under global change (GoNEXUS)

Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) | GoNEXUS aims to develop a framework for designing and assessing innovative solutions for an efficient and sustainable coordinated governance of the water-energy-food-ecosystems (WEFE) nexus.

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Tourism monitoring in Antarctica

German Environment Agency (UBA), Germany | The aim of this study is to present the current state of scientific knowledge the impacts of tourism activities, including the logistics used, on the relevant protected goods of the Antarctic environment.

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DRYing rivER networks (DRYvER)

Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) | Rivers, streams, lakes, wetlands and other aquatic environments are among the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems. They are also those most threatened by human activities. These river networks also provide essential ecosystem services – such as drinking water, food and climate regulation – that enhance society’s well-being.

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Climate Change policy update

German Environment Agency (UBA), Germany | The project aims to provide concrete policy recommendations on the content of legal instruments at federal and state level in Germany. These policy recommendations should enable legislators to mainstream climate change adaptation into further appropriate legal instruments.

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Water use conflicts in Germany

German Environment Agency (UBA), Germany | The project assessed the effects of drought and dryness in Germany on water availability, soil water balance and groundwater and should provide possible solutions and recommendations for actions. Special attention is to be paid to competing uses for water and to less widespread adaptation measures, such as the reuse of treated and further processed wastewater in urban areas.

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Climate change adaptation in the tourism sector in Lower Saxony

TourismusMarketing Niedersachsen GmbH | Climate change is already affecting the tourism sector in Lower Saxony and complex interactions influence the touristic demand. Therefore, the TourismusMarketing Niedersachsen GmbH (TMN) intends to support the Destination Management Organisations (DMOs) in dealing with current and future changes.

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Towards sustainable finance

German Environment Agency (UBA), Germany | The Federal Environment Agency (UBA) has set itself the goal of evaluating and further developing scientific methods and procedures to systematically integrate environmental and sustainability risks into investment and credit decisions by using the methods to wisely initiate and shape the transit to a sustainable financial economy. FT supports the project in this regard in the area of water management.

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European Topic Centre on Climate Change impacts, vulnerability and Adaptation (2019-2021)

European Environment Agency (EEA) | The European Topic Centre on Climate Change impacts, vulnerability and Adaptation (ETC/CCA) is a Consortium of European Organizations contracted by the European Environment Agency (EEA) to carry out specific tasks - as identified in the ETC/CCA annual Action Plan (AP) - coherently with the EEA five-year strategy and Multiannual Work Programme and specific EEA Single Programming Documents in the area of climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation (CCIVA) across Europe.

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Second Evaluation of the DAS – Methodological development and implementation of a policy analysis for the evaluation of the German Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change (DAS)

German Environment Agency (UBA), Germany | The project "Second Evaluation of the DAS - Methodological Further Development and Implementation of a Policy Analysis for the Evaluation of the German Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change (DAS)" aims to examine Germany's efforts to actively adapt to the consequences of climate change with regard to processes and effectiveness.

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Water Strategy Germany

German Environment Agency (UBA), Germany | Modern water management focuses on sustainable and balanced water use by all stakeholders. To achieve this today – and in the future - various legal as well as socio-economic frameworks need to be taken into account. The overall aim of this project is to initiate a target-oriented national dialogue at an early stage among various actors.

Nexus Gaza

Engineering, Management and Infrastructure Consultants (Enfra Consultants) | Population growth, economic development and climate change, energy, water, land and human resources are increasingly under pressure in the Gaza Strip to support societal development and to maintain necessary services. Decision-makers need improved tools in order to be better informed about synergies between different development and management choices and to help them identify options on how to sustainably manage resources.

JustFair

ACRP | Natural hazard protection faces the key challenge that not everyone living in a risk zone is threatened equally. Decisions on whom to protect often cause conflicts in resource allocation and distribution. JustFair develops policy guidance by (1) comparing international practice in addressing social justice issues in climate change adaptation and by (2) empirically identifying disadvantaged groups among households and small businesses, taking into account that individual resources and deficits need to be balanced against each other. Additionally, a comparison of the financial measures taken during the Covid-19 crisis in Austria with current regulations on disaster relief funds was carried out.

Conference on water, climate change, and adaptation

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), Germany | Climate change poses a key challenge to water management and water-dependent sectors in the EU. Increasing water scarcity, deteriorating water quality, and heavy rainfall events or floods have serious consequences for drinking water supply or freshwater conservation.

Adaptation and mitigation in the Stanzertal region

Tourism Association St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria | Climate change is a challenge especially for regions which depend heavily on tourism and therefore on natural resources. As impacts of climate change differ depending on the local context, municipalities play a key role in mitigating risks and exploiting opportunities that go along with these changes.

Climate change and tourism in Germany

German Environment Agency (UBA), Germany | The following project identifies the impacts of climate change on the tourism sector in Germany and possible adaptation mechanisms.

Theory of change and Roadmap for the restoration of the Guadalquivir river estuary (Spain)

WWF Spain | WWF develops a roadmap for the restoration of the Guadalquivir river estuary (Spain) as a follow-up of a previously held workshop with relevant stakeholders in 2019. The roadmap will address vision, objectives, success indicators and prioritised action fiches with further details, and it will be based on the theory of change. Interviews and a workshop with experts and stakeholders are included.

Support of the European Innovation Partnership on Water

European Commission, DG Environment | The European Innovation Partnership on Water (EIP Water) is an initiative within the EU 2020 Innovation Union. The EIP Water facilitates the development of innovative solutions to address major European and global water challenges.

Central project evaluation of the project Sustainable management of biodiversity in the Southern Caucasus

German Development Agency (GIZ), Germany | FT was carrying out the central project evaluation of the project “Sustainable management of biodiversity in the Southern Caucasus”, following OECD-DAC criteria.

Assessment CAP 2020+

European Commission, DG Environment | On 1 June 2018 the Commission presented a single legal proposal for the future CAP: “Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL establishing rules on support for strategic plans to be drawn up by Member States under the Common agricultural policy (CAP Strategic Plans) and financed by the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF) and by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and repealing Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council and Regulation (EU) No 1307/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council.

Oasis Innovation Hub for Catastrophe and Climate Extremes Risk Assessment

Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) | The overarching goal of the Oasis Innovation Hub for Catastrophe and Climate Extremes Risk Assessment Project (H2020_Insurance) is to support the understanding of climate risks by the (re)insurance sector and wider society.

Support to the India-EU Water Partnership

German Development Agency (GIZ), Germany | Provision of technical expertise for the EU / BMZ jointly co-financed action “Development and implementation support to the India-EU Water Partnership (IEWP)” and “Support to Ganga Rejuvenation (SGR).

Sustainable Integrated Management FOR the NEXUS of water-land-food-energy-climate for a resource-efficient Europe (SIM4NEXUS)

Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) | Water, land, food, energy, and climate are interconnected, comprising a coherent system (the ‘Nexus’), dominated by complexity and feedback. Putting pressure on one part of the Nexus can create pressures on the others.

Framework on Climate Change Policy

European Commission, DG Environment | Supporting the European Commission to ensure improved global climate policy design, assessment, and implementation, Fresh Thoughts worked with 8 other partners on high-quality evaluations, impact assessments, analyses, implementations, evidence gathering, and research.

Floods Directive and Water Framework Directive Compliance check

European Commission, DG Environment | The contract provided technical assistance to the Commission in the assessment of the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and the Floods Directive (FD) by the 28 Member States of the EU.

Climate Change and Infrastructure

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), Germany | The objectives of the Paris Climate Treaty, including the achievement of the 2-degree objective, require a massive transformation of our (economic and social) systems within this century.

European Topic Centre on Climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation 2014-2018

European Environment Agency (EEA) | The European Topic Centre on Climate Change impacts, vulnerability and Adaptation (ETC/CCA) is a Consortium of European Organizations contracted by the European Environment Agency (EEA) to carry out specific tasks - as identified in the ETC/CCA annual Action Plan (AP) - coherently with the EEA five-year strategy, the Multiannual Work Programme and the specific EEA Annual Work Programme in the area of climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation (CCIVA) across Europe.

EU-India Clean Energy and Climate Partnership tendering

Eptisa | Eptisa requested FT to prepare the technical part of the consortia’s proposal for the CECP support call, including rationale, methodology and logframe.

Assistance and technical support for the Evaluation of EU funding proposals

Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) | Fresh Thoughts provided services as technical evaluators for EU funding proposals in the areas of environment, climate change adaptation and mitigation.

EU-Iran environment and climate change exchanges

European Commission, DG Environment | Iran and the EU have agreed in 2016 to develop a cooperation on environment and adaptation to climate change.

Screening tool for the climate proofing of River Basin Management Plans

German Environment Agency (UBA), Germany | The EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) entered into force in 2000. It sets out the environmental objectives for all European surface and ground waters. The objectives of the Directive are to protect waters, preventing deterioration and protecting and improving the state of water bodies, terrestrial ecosystems and wetlands.

Sava adaptation strategy

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) | The four riparian countries of the Sava River Basin (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia) ratified the Framework Agreement on the Sava River Basin (FASRB) as a unique international agreement, which integrated many aspects of water resources management and established the International Sava River Basin Commission (ISRBC) for its implementation of the FASRB.

Climate Adaptation Strategy for Luxemburg

Administration de la Gestion de l’Eau, Luxemburg | Climate Change is one of the big challenges of the 21st century.

Mid-term review of GIZ

German Development Agency (GIZ), Germany | In 2013, EDEKA, SAB Miller and GIZ started a strategic alliance (STA) with the aim of supporting water stewardship initiatives in several countries (Egypt, Columbia, Honduras), which is allocated at develoPPP within GIZ.

Climate Europe Festival Workshop Moderation

Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht (Hereon) | The Climateurope Project (Horizon 2020 689029) contracted FT to moderate a workshop during its festival in Valencia.

Implementation of the urban adaptation initiative within the framework of the Covenant of Mayors II

European Commission, DG Environment | The consortium aims to foster the European Commission’s Mayors Adapt initiative and to strengthen the direct link between the European Commission and local authorities in taking coherent, integrated actions on adaptation.

Support to Activities related to the EU Policy on Integrated Coastal Management and Maritime Spatial Planning

European Commission, DG Environment | Coastal and marine areas face a multitude of activities often causing an unsustainable development. The need for integrated coastal management (ICM) and maritime spatial planning (MSP) in Europe stems from increasing competition for maritime space by diverse actors and industries.

Climate change adaptation into planning

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), Germany | 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.

Support for Regional Training on Vulnerability Assessment and Adaption Planning

Environment and Climate Regional Accession Network (ECRAN) | ECRAN (Environment and Climate Regional Accession Network), financed by EU and managed by the European Commission, assists the beneficiaries in the Balkan region in capacity-building, exchange of information and experience related to preparation for accession.

Assessment of the status of water bodies and ecosystems in Doñana

WWF Spain | WWF Spain is involved in the conservation of the Doñana wetlands since the 1960s.

Ex-ante CC Strategies

ADEME – Agence de l’Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l’Énergie | The ADEME wanted to explore the usefulness of ex-ante evaluation procedures as part of the development of adaptation strategies.

Quality Review of a report on drought risk management

WWF China | WWF China requested Fresh Thoughts to develop a strategic Quality Assurance check for a publication aimed to propose better drought management.

Mainstreaming of CCA at the local level: Launch of a Climate Change Adaptation Initiative for Cities within the framework of the Covenant of Mayors

European Commission, DG Climate Action | Building on the success of Covenant of Mayors initiative in mitigation, the Mayors Adapt initiative aimed to encourage cities, regions and local governments to show leadership on climate change adaptation, and support them in developing strategies for concrete action.

Support to the Luxemburg Presidency in 2015

Administration de la Gestion de l’Eau, Luxemburg | During the 1st half of 2015, Luxembourg held the rotating Presidency of the European Union. One of the main topics emphasized during the Presidency was the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive.

Assessment of Options to Use Financial Instruments through LIFE Climate Action Sub-Programme 2014-2020

European Commission, DG Climate Action | tba

Climate Sensitive Flood Management in the Lower Mekong Basin

German Development Agency (GIZ), Germany | Floods are essential events that determine the natural characteristics of an aquatic environment and its connected wetlands, as well as ensure a functioning ecology.

C3-Alps: Capitalising climate change knowledge for adaption in the Alpine Space

UNEP Vienna – Interim Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention (ISCC) Vienna International Centre | Building on the results of previous projects and initiatives on adaptation to climate change in the Alps, C3-Alps sought to synthesize, transfer, and implement in policy and practice the best available adaptation knowledge.

Support to the development of the EU strategy for Climate Change Adaptation

European Commission, DG Climate Action | The European Commission developed a comprehensive EU Adaptation Strategy with the general aim to enhance the preparedness and capacity to effectively address the impacts of climatic change in the EU, its Member States, regions and cities, down to the local level.

Climate Change Adaptation, coastal and marine issues

European Commission, DG Environment | Fresh-Thoughts prepared the background document for the development of a staff working paper on climate change adaptation in coastal and marine issues. As part of the commitment the EU made to adaptation under the White Paper, this document presented a comprehensive view of the main regional impacts of climate change on marine and coastal areas and the current policy framework, as well as policy options to better address adaptation.

Online publication consultation for the EU adaptation strategy on climate change

European Commission, DG Climate Action | Public participation is an invaluable process that increases transparency and allows stakeholders to actively collaborate in public policy.

Adaptation to Climate Change in the Pyrenees

Region Midi –Pyrenees DAJ -Service des Marchés Publics, France | The main objective of the study “Adaptation to climate change in the Pyrenees” was to identify and analyse the measures and adaptation strategies to climate change most relevant at both the Pyrenees and European level, as well as to promote these experiences to support the dissemination of good practices across the Pyrenees.

Gap analysis of the EU policy on water scarcity & droughts

European Commission, DG Climate Action | The study synthesised knowledge on water scarcity & droughts in the EU to provide input to the “Blueprint to Safeguard Europe’s Water”.

Climate proofing of EU policies

European Commission, DG Climate Action | This study assessed the most significant threats and challenges posed by climate change to the EU by focussing on policy areas of particular relevance for the EU budget and where no or little action has been taken so far.

Adaptation to Climate Change in the Mekong Region I

German Development Agency (GIZ), Germany | This project aimed to strengthen the capacities of relevant institutions to adapt to changes in flood patterns resulting from climate change in the lower Mekong basin.