Objectives and intended users

The objective of this report on ‘Monitoring, reporting and evaluation of climate change adaptation at national level’ is to provide up‑to‑date, reliable and targeted information on this emerging topic to support the effective and efficient implementation of adaptation policies and decision-making at national level in Europe.

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European countries are eager to learn from each other about adaptation monitoring, reporting and evaluation (MRE) systems at national level that are being implemented or developed in Europe. The EEA uses this opportunity to facilitate such learning and further strengthen the knowledge base by sharing experiences, lessons learned and good practices in adaptation MRE at national level. By expanding the MRE knowledge base, this report intends to inform decision-making processes across Europe and contribute to discussions on systemic change towards a more resilient Europe[1] [2].



[1] There are several key goals of the EEA's Multiannual Work Programme 2014–2018: (a) to be the prime source of knowledge at European level informing the implementation of European and national environment and climate policies; (b) to be a leading knowledge centre on the knowledge needed to support long term transition challenges and objectives; and (c) to be the lead organisation at European level facilitating knowledge-sharing and capacity-building in the field of environment and climate change.

[2] The EU 7th Environment Action Programme's 2050 vision 'to live well within the planet's ecological limits' can be accessed at http://ec.europa.eu/environment/newprg/index.htm.

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This report offers up-to-date insights into adaptation MRE systems currently being implemented or developed. It aims primarily to inform and support the work of policymakers and practitioners who are coordinating, developing, implementing, monitoring or evaluating adaptation policies across or within particular sectors. It is particularly relevant to national, regional and local authorities, and can also be of interest to businesses involved in monitoring, reporting and evaluating adaptation actions, including utility providers for various sectors such as water, energy, and transport. The findings from this report will also contribute to the burgeoning body of knowledge on adaptation MRE and may be of interest to those working on climate adaptation and policy evaluation both within and outside Europe.

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This report complements the information on adaptation MRE activities in European countries available on the European Climate Adaptation Platform (Climate-ADAPT[1]), web sites available at national level[2], and in the Monitoring Mechanism Regulation (MMR) reports submitted under Article 15 by all 28 European Member States in 2015 to the European Union[3]. It builds upon the two previous EEA reports on climate change adaptation at European and national levels published in 2013 and 2014, which specifically identified MRE as an emerging priority area of work for most countries planning and implementing adaptation policies[4].



[2] See in particular 2015 EEA Technical Report ‘Overview of climate change adaptation platforms in Europe’ (http://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/overview-of-climate-change-adaptation).

[4] See 2014 EEA report ‘National adaptation policy processes in European countries — 2014’ (http://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/national-adaptation-policy-processes) and 2013 EEA report ‘Adaptation in Europe - Addressing risks and opportunities from climate change in the context of socio-economic developments’ (http://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/adaptation-in-europe).

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The EEA intends that the information collected and presented in this report can provide valuable, timely and relevant material to support forthcoming exercises. Specifically, the experiences and lessons learned shared in this report may support Member States with the development of their 7th National Communications under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) due in 2018 or the next reporting on national adaptation policies under the EU MMR due in 2018. It may also support the European Commission with the review of the EU Adaptation Strategy and the development of the adaptation preparedness scoreboard in 2017.

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