German Climate Change Adaption Action Plan Adopted

To support the German Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change (DAS) and make concrete plans and proposals, the Federal Cabinet adopted a Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan.

As Federal Minister of the Environment Norbert Röttgen pointed out, a responsible climate protection policy is based on two pillars: the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (avoidance) and adaptation.

The Adaptation Action Plan comprises federal activities in four areas.

  1. Initiatives on communicating information, expanding research and information infrastructures and supporting dialogue, participation and networking;
  2. Framework conditions set by the Federation, describing measures by which the German government will offer incentives for adaptation in the legal and technical fields or reviewing existing support schemes;
  3. Activities under direct responsibility of the Federation highlights how the Federation can take climate change into consideration as an owner of land, buildings, and infrastructures, or as a client in construction projects;
  4. International responsibility and describes Germany’s role in elaborating and implementing the decisions of the UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun (Mexico), Germany’s work in development cooperation through the International Climate Initiative and in research cooperation, looking at other international activities of the federal ministries in the area of adaptation to climate change. Activities at EU level are also highlighted.

The Federal government plans to present a review evaluating the German Adaptation Strategy and the Action Plan, which will include proposals for updating and further developing them, at the end of 2014.

Source: Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety

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