Political Statement.

Adopted by the North Sea Commission Annual Business Meeting 21 June 2011.. 


An important conclusion of the Climate Proof Areas partnership (CPA) is the need to mainstream climate adaptation into relevant EU policies and programmes. The experiences of CPA strongly support the efforts and actions mentioned within EU communication documents such as the White Paper for climate adaptation. CPA encourages the EU and its Member States to improve these actions by best-practice projects and experiences gained within this EU Interreg IVB project. Cross-sectoral and cross-scale cooperation leads to sound stimulation of climate adaptation measures with multiple benefits. Detailed investigation and communication of regional climate change impacts raise the awareness of necessary actions. A Climate Adaptation Pre-Assessment (CAPrA) for policies and programmes helps avoid conflicts between the mitigation and adaptation options concerning climate change. The communication strategy of CPA is twofold: this political statement addresses the climate adaptation at the European and North Sea level while a booklet will be published to serve as policy communication tool on national and regional level. 

You can read the full statement here.