Adaptation Strategies

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The definitions below refer to Adaptation to Climate Change.


European Definitions


A climate change adaptation strategy for a country, region or municipality refers to a general plan of action for addressing the impacts of climate change, including climate variability and extremes. It may include a mix of policies and measures, selected to meet the overarching objective of reducing the country’s vulnerability. [1]

Note: Strategy – refers to a broad plan of action that is implemented through policies and measures.

RESIN project

The RESIN project [2] gives the following definition:

Adaptation Strategies include a mix of policies and measures with the overarching objective of reducing vulnerability. Depending on the circumstances, the strategy can be set at a national level, addressing adaptation across sectors, regions and vulnerable populations, or it can be more limited, focusing on just one or two sectors or regions. [3]

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See also


  1. European Climate Adaptation Platform, EU/EEA - derived from UNDP, 2005 - UNDP (2005). Adaptation Policy Frameworks for Climate Change. Developing Strategies, Policies and Measures, Ed. Bo Lim, Erika Spanger-Siegfried, Co-authors Ian Burton, Elizabeth Malone, Saleemul Huq
  3. Mach, K.J., S. Planton and C. von Stechow (eds.). Climate Change 2014: Synthesis Report. Contribution of Working Groups I, II and III to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Annex II: Glossary. [Core Writing Team, R.K. Pachauri and L.A. Meyer (eds.)]. IPCC, Geneva, Switzerland, pp. 117-130.