In addition to their efforts to limit the rise in global temperatures, the countries participating in the international climate conference (COP21) in Paris also committed to adapt to the impacts of climate change, which are already in evidence today.
What measures can we use to adapt to the impacts of climate change? And how can we assess the benefits of these measures in relation to their costs?
Record temperatures in summer, water shortages and winters with barely any snow are putting climate change at the top of the general public's agenda. Adaptation to climate change is one of the biggest global challenges the international community will face over next few decades.
With our extensive experience in the areas of climate change, risk management, natural hazards, water management, spatial development, infrastructure and buildings, we take a holistic and integrated approach to exploring issues related to climate change adaptation, and come up with concrete solutions.
Adapting to climate change is an interdisciplinary task that spans a variety of fields and stakeholders. This complexity requires an integrated and interdisciplinary approach. Effectively implementing the measures identified requires the involvement of extremely diverse stakeholders, including members of the public sector, advocacy groups and the civilian population. A participatory process which takes into account the different perspectives and resources of these stakeholders is therefore necessary for successful implementation.