Bridging the Climate Gap: European Cities Put to the Test in Groundbreaking Urban Study
Climate adaptation plans in European cities are improving, but there is still a long way to go
In a groundbreaking effort to confront the ever-escalating challenge of climate change, researchers from Reckien et al., 2023 have unleashed a comprehensive study scrutinising the strides made by 327 European cities since 2005 in their pursuit of urban climate adaptation. The study's ambitious framework revolves around six key principles, acting as a measuring yardstick for the cities' adaptation plans. From meticulous fact-finding to robust societal participation, these principles culminate in the innovative ADAptation plan Quality Assessment (ADAQA) indices, a powerful tool that promises to reshape the way city governments approach and evaluate the effectiveness of their climate adaptation blueprints.
Building on the findings from the European study, subsequent research by Pietrapertosa et al., 2023 focused more specifically on the climate adaptation policy of 9 countries of the European Mediterranean, namely Malta, Cyprus, Greece, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, France, Spain and Portugal. The Mediterranean region is experiencing changing temperature and precipitation patterns due to anthropogenic climate change at twice the rate of the global average, accompanied by a myriad of other impacts including drought and desertification. As such, the study aimed to take a closer look at how the European Mediterranean is tackling these issues through climate change planning at the national, regional and local scales.