Adaptation to climate change in Europe


Adapting to the impacts and consequences of climate change is becoming an urgent need for countries all over the world, including in Europe.

The global average temperature has already increased by 1°C above pre-industrial levels, exposing countries all over the world to the severe impacts of a changing climate. Europe is also experiencing an increasing level of climate change impacts.

Due to its geography and respective landmass, the global temperature change means a temperature warming across Europe by nearly 2°C, imposing serious negative climate impacts.

Climate-related events such as drought, extreme storms, and sea-level rise are set to get more frequent and more forceful, imposing major consequences for the European economy; the European Environment Agency estimates costs up to €120 billion per year under a 2°C warming scenario, and up to €200 billion per year under a 3°C warming scenario.

It is against this backdrop that the EU and its Member States will need to work more collectively and pro-actively to enhance adaptation to climate change in Europe.

CAN Europe tracks the efforts of the EU and its Member States to design and implement effective climate adaptation plans that will protect all sectors of our society.


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Climate Change Adaptation in the International Agreements

Through the adoption and ratification of the Paris Agreement, the EU has committed to “limit global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and of pursuing efforts to limit the increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels." Read more


The EU Adaptation Strategy

The EU’s current Adaptation Strategy was launched in 2013 with the intention to scale up the European Union’s resilience to the growing impacts of climate change that it is facing. Read more



Rachel Simon
Climate and Development Policy Coordinator
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Latest Publications

  • Letter to EU ministers on climate and environmental action in development funding

    Ahead of Foreign Affairs Council on 16 May, Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, Oxfam EU, ACT Alliance EU, Conservation International and Wetlands International write to EU ministers to highlight how the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI) can support developing countries to scale up climate and environmental action and support biodiversity, fostering sustainable development.
  • Money Talks - 6th Annual Report by Serbia's Coalition 27: Environment & Climate Change

    "Money talks" is the 6th anual shaddow progress report by Serbia-based Coalition 27, group of dozen most prominent civil society organisations committed to monitoring and reporting on the country's progress in preparations for EU membership talks on environmnet and climate change - topics covered by Chapter 27 of the EU accession negotiations.
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