Co-organised with Surfrider Foundation Europe and the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions
Monday 29 March 2021 from 14:30 to 16:30 (CET).
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Climate change is already here: the past six years have been the warmest on record and the UN predicts that the temperature may increase by 1.5°C above pre-industrial era temperatures in the next 15 years1. This will only exacerbate the frequency and severity of climate and extreme weather events of which maritime regions and their communities are at the forefront. It is, therefore, crucial that the EU keeps up and ramps up its mitigation efforts. However, this will not prevent the climate impacts that are already occurring.
Hence, the need to build a resilient Europe that is fully adapted to the challenges of climate change. More than 200 million EU citizens live near the coastline and are increasingly confronted with sea level rise, coastal erosion, or coastal floods. It is essential for European citizens to be aware of and prepared for such inevitable climate change effects. Each year, 72,000 of them are exposed to the risks of coastal flooding2. If no action is undertaken, by 2100 at least 3 million Europeans will be impacted by it3. This without mentioning the overreaching environmental, social, and economic adverse impacts.
Thus, maritime regions and their communities need tailor-made solutions and support to their action and endogenous vulnerability. The SEArica Intergroup in cooperation with Surfrider Foundation Europe and the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions will host an online event to discuss the new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change published by the European Commission on 24 February. The event aims at highlighting the importance of adaptation of coastal regions. It will be an opportunity for MEPs, the European Commission, civil society, and coastal regions’ representatives to outline their vision on coastal adaptation, discuss challenges and share examples of local solutions and best practices for a resilient Europe.
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