This Policy Brief is based on the results of the regional workshop "Adaptation to climate change in Mediterranean coastal zones: is current decision-making process adapted to mainstream adaptation options?", organised by Plan Bleu and ACTeon in May 2016, in order to highlight the main constraints and factors for success in order to address those challenges.
Some of the solutions proposed include the following (p. 3):
- integrating climate change into decision making requires accounting for higher uncertainty in the frequency, magnitude and impacts of future events;
- devising components of communication initiatives that can make climate change information more easily understandable and accessible to stakeholders and local decision makers;
- the signing of a charter (as a sign of personal commitment) at the launching of an adaptation plan can help confirming commitment and increase involvement in its practical implementation;
- strengthening experience-sharing among socio-economic stakeholders could help establishing “climate change adaptation” recommendations that could be followed by all;
- it is important then to ensure that the budget allocated to individual sector policies and strategies include specific provisions for adaptation actions and initiatives.