The ETC/CCA works as an extension of the EEA and is an integral part of the European environment information and observation network (Eionet): the EEA partnership network which is crucial to the agency in supporting the collection and organisation of data and the development and dissemination of information. As such, ETC/CCA activities contribute to the harmonisation, quality and exchange of data and information on climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation (CCIVA) across Europe, in the following EEA work areas:
In Work Area 1 the ETC/CCA provides guidance and technical assistance to access the most up-to-date and appropriate climate system data, updates existing overview/databases and develop them as appropriate. The ETC/CCA supports the development and implementation of a pilot for Climate information on the Eye on Earth platform (Task 220.127.116.11) and the exploration of the content and design of a possible European flood impact database (Task 18.104.22.168).
Under Work Area 2 the ETC/CCA updates and improves the existing indicators on CCIVA, proposes amendments to the EEA core set of indicators and contributes to improving their consistency (Task 22.214.171.124). In 2012 the ETC/CCA provided key contributions to the EEA 2012 indicator-based report on climate change impacts and vulnerability in Europe, thus facilitating the evaluations of the progress of EU climate adaptation policies.
This way the ETC/CCA also contributes to the EU Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS) in the area of CCIVA by helping to make the relevant information more easily available for European policy-makers and citizens.Under Work Area 3 the ETC/CCA supports the planned 2013 EU Strategy on Climate Change Adaptation, through (Task 126.96.36.199) 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. The platform is the most comprehensive information system on CCIVA related information in Europe for EU policy-makers and policy implementers at EU, transnational, national and sub-national level and also can be of use for researchers. It enables the sharing of information amongst the EEA member countries and facilitates the development of the planned EU 2013 adaptation strategy, transnational strategies and National Adaptation Strategies. While 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), ICZM (Integrated Coastal Zone Management) Strategy.
The improvement of scientific knowledge and information additionally relevant to support the development of EU and national adaptation policy is also provided under Work Area 4 by contributing to the EEA 2012: Adaptation in Europe, Freshwater and Coastal assessment reports (Task 188.8.131.52), indicator-based report on climate change impacts and vulnerability in Europe (Task 184.108.40.206) and the urban adaptation to climate change in Europe report (Task 220.127.116.11). In addition, vulnerability and disaster mapping was developed (in 2011) in relation to vulnerability and risks of coastal systems to climate change in Europe (Task 18.104.22.168). Within this area the ETC/CCA also supports the development of cycle of large integrated assessments every 5 years (‘European State of the Environment and Outlook Report 2010’ - SOER 2010 being the most recent), using scenarios and models as needed.
Support to capacity building in EEA Member Countries under Work Area 5 is provided through supporting the EEA and the EIONET workshops and various networks relevant to CCIVA (Task 22.214.171.124). Building on existing cooperation in various partnerships, networks and projects, the ETC/CCA Consortium (Task 126.96.36.199) has well established links to the EEA and its Member Countries as well as to European institutions.
Pursuant to the ETC/CCA Implementation Plan for the year 2013 (IP2013), the activities during 2013 are organized in the following "Projetcs" and "Tasks":
Project 2.0.1 - Climate change impacts (SEIS)
Task 188.8.131.52 - Updated climate change impact indicators
Project 2.0.2 - Support GMES and ClimateWatch Eye on Earth service
Task 184.108.40.206 - Develop Climate information on Eye on Earth
Project 2.1.1 - European Climate Adaptation Platform (Climate-ADAPT)
Task 220.127.116.11 - Supporting the development and implementation of the European Climate Adaptation Platform (Climate-ADAPT)
Project 2.1.2 - Climate change and disaster risk assessments
Task 18.104.22.168 - Assessment of vulnerability and adaptation in cities
Task 22.214.171.124 - EU flood impact database
Task 126.96.36.199 - Contributions to EEA assessment reports
Task 188.8.131.52 - Support to transport and environment assessments
Task 184.108.40.206 - Eionet workshop and networking
Project 6.0.10 - ETC/CCA management and coordination
Task 220.127.116.11 - ETC/CCA management and coordination