Climate Change

ECCA 2019 // European Climate Change Adaptation Conference

ECCA 2019 is an opportunity to share and learn from professionals in adaptation, while discovering new products and research as well as alternative approaches to engaging with stakeholders. The food-water-energy nexus is listed as one of the topics under the Global Climate Challenges chapter. Closing date for submissions is 31 Oct 2018.

Where and when

Fundação Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB)
Praça do Império
1449-003 Lisboa

28-31 May 2019

Conference topics

1. Data, methods and approaches in climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction

What are the examples on using seasonal forecasting and regional climate change projections in climate change vulnerability and risk assessments? What is the evidence of the impacts and risks of climate change? How should we evaluate the success of adaptation options?

  • 1.1  Climate data and downscaling for disaster risk and adaptation assessments
  • 1.2  Detection and attribution of observed impacts and risks
  • 1.3  Scenarios, seasonal forecasts and uncertainty
  • 1.4  Integrating methods and tools for disaster risk and adaptation
  • 1.5  Economic evaluation of risks and responses
  • 1.6  Monitoring, reporting and evaluation
  • 1.7  Development of climate services
  • 1.8  Others

2. Co-production of knowledge, solutions and services

What are the examples of co-production of knowledge? How can we improve communication and knowledge exchange between researchers, policymakers and practitioners? How can we involve citizens to improve and implement adaptation solutions?

  • 2.1  Science-policy-practice interfaces
  • 2.2  Participatory and transdisciplinary methodologies
  • 2.3  Community-based and participatory governance
  • 2.4  Pilot and demonstration cases for climate services
  • 2.5  Preparedness, prevention and contingency planning
  • 2.6  Public-private partnerships
  • 2.7  Art and society
  • 2.8  Others

3. Communication, data-sharing and decision support

What tools are available to access useful and credible climate data, information and knowledge on climate vulnerability and risk? Are current tools adequate for supporting decisions at different levels? How can communication brokering be improved and lead to action? What is the role of education?

  • 3.1  Communication challenges in CCA and/or DRR
  • 3.2  Data, knowledge and communication brokering
  • 3.3  Visualisation, mapping and decision support tools
  • 3.4  Novel approaches to gaming and awareness raising
  • 3.5  Alert and early warning dissemination
  • 3.6  Climate risk education and curricula
  • 3.7  Advocacy, media and publicity
  • 3.8  Others

4. Institutions, governance, citizens and social justice

How can we enhance institutional collaboration? Are there new ways to increase coherence and communication from the local to European scale? How can we increase trans-boundary collaboration and solutions? Are there innovative ways to involve the private sector?

  • 4.1  Multi-level governance
  • 4.2  Cross-border collaboration and solutions
  • 4.3  Mainstreaming adaptation and risk management into investments
  • 4.4  Mainstreaming adaptation and risk management into sector planning
  • 4.5  Institutional strengthening and standardisation
  • 4.6  Social justice implications of CCA and DRR
  • 4.7  The role of public and private sectors in CCA and DRR
  • 4.8  Others

5. Global climate challenges

What are the roles of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in facing this century’s societal challenges? What are the solutions to improve the coherence and coordination between climate change adaptation / disaster risk reduction / Sustainable Development Goals? What are the implications of not adapting? What are the consequences of exceeding 2ºC and what can be done?

  • 5.1  Limits to adaptation, high-end climate change and tipping points
  • 5.2  Food-water-energy nexus
  • 5.3  Security and conflicts
  • 5.4  Migration
  • 5.5  International cooperation for development
  • 5.6  CCA and DRR responses in light of the Paris Agreement targets
  • 5.7  Ways forward for global agreements on CCA, DRR and the Sustainable Development Goals
  • 5.8  Others

6. Climate risk management and resilience

What are the best practices for the implementation of adaptation and risk reduction measures in different sectors and at cross-sectoral? What good examples exist on the implementation of integrated approaches in dealing with climate-induced hazards and disasters? What can we learn from the implementation of specific adaptation case-studies? What are current and needed innovative solutions to increase climate resilience in cities?

  • 6.1  Risk management and systematic reduction of hazards in climate-sensitive sectors
  • 6.2  Assessments of resilience and development of resilience action plans
  • 6.3  Climate risk insurance and risk transfer
  • 6.4  Ecosystem services and nature-based solutions to improve resilience
  • 6.5  Approaches and tools for building back better and resilient reconstruction
  • 6.6  Financing CCA and DRR
  • 6.7  Livelihoods, poverty and wellbeing
  • 6.8  Others


Three Horizon 2020 projects share the organisation and communications for ECCA 2019:


PLACARD interchange – PLAtform for Climate Adaptation and Risk reDuction – is a hub for dialogue, knowledge exchange and collaboration between the climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) communities. PLACARD provides a common space where the communities can share experiences and create opportunities for collaboration and supports the coordination and coherence of CCA and DRR research, policy and practice.


BINGO – Bringing INnovation to onGOing water management – a better future under climate change – aims to provide practical knowledge and tools to end users, water managers, decision and policy makers affected by climate change to enable them to better cope with all climate projections, including droughts and floods. The project involves 20 European Partners from six countries, including research and innovation centres, water authorities, water users and companies.


RESCCUE – RESilience to cope with Climate Change in Urban arEas – is Europe’s first large-scale innovation and urban resilience project to improve the capability of cities to anticipate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from significant multi-hazard threats with minimum damage.


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