KLAR!-Climate Change Adaptation Model Regions for Austria
The impacts of climate change are becoming increasingly visible on the local level as the Austrian Assessment Report Climate Change 2014 reveals. In Austria, the temperature has risen by nearly 2 degrees Celsius in the period since 1880, compared with a global average of 0,85 degrees. Thus, Austria is badly affected by climate change and both adaptation and mitigation are vital. Despite great efforts on state and federal levels, the issue of climate change adaptation is still barely considered on local level and there is a lack of knowledge of concrete action possibilities in Austrian municipalities. The Pilot Programme „ Climate Change Adaptation Model Regions for Austria -KLAR!“ is funded by the Climate and Energy Fund and offers a process-oriented approach for regions and municipalities to raise awareness for climate change adaptation and trigger concrete actions. Status Quo: 23 regions with more than 460.000 inhabitants all over Austria (cf. Figure 1) receive funding to develop a local adaptation strategy and raise awareness for climate change adaptation in their regions. A service platform has been set up that provides regional climate information, advices on adaptation actions and helps to prevent maladaptation. Implementation of adaptation measures will start in spring 2018.
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