3.2 Possible next steps

Developments that are very relevant and will drive policies but also the related knowledge base, such as adaptation platforms, include the 2015 UN World Conference on DRR[1] (March 2015) and UNFCCC (December 2015). The way their outcomes will influence EU developments will become clear in 2016 and beyond.

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Furthermore at EU level the EU strategy on climate change adaptation will be reviewed in 2017. In addition, mainstreaming of adaptation in a range of EU policies, including on DRR, is expected to continue during the coming years. Various EU funds are available for such mainstreaming activities in EU member states. Some may also be used for improving and enhancing adaptation platforms. It is furthermore expected that new transnational adaptation projects will be funded through EU funding as follow-up to earlier Interreg projects.

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In addition, EU research funds can be an impetus for developing and collaboration among platforms, for example the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation call under the Secure Societies Challenge – Disaster resilience and climate change (DRS9a)[2]. The EU funded ‘roadmap for climate services’ and linked activities by JPI Climate is expected to fund climate service research and innovation projects during the coming years.  The Copernicus Climate Change Service will become operational in 2015. It will gradually extend its services over the coming years and its interaction with various user groups.

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Furthermore city networks and EU supported initiatives such as Mayors Adapt will become more active regarding adaptation. The need for relevant information and knowledge at city level will increase.

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Overall there is an expressed interest by national and transnational platform owners, operators and managers to follow-up on the 2013/2014 dialogues within CIRCLE2 and the EEA, including by seeking opportunities to continue sharing and learning from others experiences.

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Taking into account the many policy and other developments mentioned above there are opportunities for doing so using existing mechanisms. These include the regular annual EIONET workshop and planned webinars on Climate-ADAPT organised by EEA in 2015. This also includes the meetings between the European Commission and member states (e.g. the working group on adaptation under the EU Monitoring Mechanism Regulation, the user forum of Copernicus, meetings related to civil protection and meetings on climate services). Furthermore meetings of the European forum on disaster risk reduction (linked to ISDR) and webinars of the UN led Climate Knowledge Brokers Group can be relevant.

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In addition exchanging and sharing experience can be done through specific events and special sessions at relevant conferences. These include the second European Climate Change Adaptation Conference (to be held in Copenhagen in May 2015[3] and subsequently in 2017). The fourth international conference on climate change adaptation[4], organised in 2016 by the European Commission and the Netherlands can also provide a relevant opportunity.

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