|Launch of the new ETC/CCA
A New European Topic Centre (ETC) will help EEA improve information on climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation (ETC/CCA) across Europe. (more...)
|The European Topic Centre on Climate Change impacts, vulnerability and Adaptation (ETC/CCA) is a centre of thematic expertise contracted by the European Environment Agency (EEA) to carry out specific tasks identified in the the ETC/CCA Implementation Plans (IPs) 2011/2012/2013 consistent with the EEA strategy (five-year work programme) and specific EEA Annual Management Plans (AMPs) in the area of climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation (CCIVA) across Europe.|
The ETC/CCA is a consortium of 14 partner organisations from EEA member countries, led by the Italian Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC), which combine their research and information expertise in the area of CCIVA.
The ETC/CCA can be considered the successor of parts of the European Topic Centre on Air and Climate Change (ETC/ACC) and since 1 January 2011 it assists the EEA in in supporting the development and implementation of EU policy by contributing to the harmonisation, quality and exchange of data and information on CCIVA related to: data and indicators on climate change and its impacts across sectors and regions, assessment of climate change vulnerabilities and natural hazard risks to society and ecosystems and current or planned adaptation strategies and actions as well as in improving capacity building in EEA member countries.
The ETC/CCA supports the planned 2013 EU Strategy on Climate Change Adaptation, through supporting the EEA in managing the European Climate Adaptation Platform (Climate-ADAPT), which was launched jointly by DG CLIMA and EEA on 23 March 2012, as a follow-up of the EU Commission 2009 White paper on Adaptation to climate change.
As climate change adaptation mainstreaming is broader and also covers many sectoral (e.g. agriculture, coastal areas, floods, water, mountain areas, etc.) and crosscutting policies (e.g. disaster risk reduction, cohesion, research), the ETC/CCA provides support to the development of some main EU environmental policies such as on: biodiversity (e.g. 2020 Biodiversity Strategy), water (e.g. Water Framework Directive (WFD), 2012 Blueprint for water) and ICZM (Integrated Coastal Zone Management) Strategy.
The ETC/CCA participates in the cycle of large assessments every 5 years (‘European State of the Environment and Outlook Report 2010’ - SOER 2010 being the most recent) as well as contributes to more detailed thematic and sectoral assessments in the intermediate years (e.g. on freshwater and coastal systems).