Italian approach to develop a National Adaptation Strategy: lessons learnt from other European efforts

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1 Italian approach to develop a National Adaptation Strategy: lessons learnt from other European efforts ECCA Conference Session Adaptation strategies and planning - on national, regional Hamburg, March 19, 2013 Sergio Castellari, CMCC / INGV

2 Some definitions: NAS and NAP National Adaptation Strategy (NAS): Involvement of stakeholders and decision-makers. ITALIAN NAS NAS Analysis of possible mainstreaming of adaptation in the different sectorial policies. Recommendations and guidelines to build up adaptive capacity in different sectors and at different spatial scales (national, regional and local) and to reduce societal costs. Review after n years. A National Adaptation platform National Adaptation Plan (NAP): Implementation of NAS with governance and funding allocatton. Evaluation of implementation. (Indicators).

3 Italian NAS: the Kick off The Italian Ministry for Environment, Land and Sea started the work toward a NAS. Feb. 27, 2012 Preliminary Meeting, (IMELS, Roma) Stato delle conoscenze riguardo ai cambiamenti climatici in Italia July 6, 2012 Agreement IMEL and CMCC (Euro-Mediterranean Center for Climate Change) for support to preparation of scientific technical contens of NAS. 06/07/12

4 Italy: National Adaptation Strategy Institutional Coordinator: Italian Ministry for Environment Land and Sea Technical Coordination: CMCC National Project SNAC Elements for the elaboration of a National Adaptation Strategy to climate change Coordinator of Technical Table: Sergio Castellari Start: July 2012 End: December 2013

5 The Italian case: a National Adaptation Strategy in progress Involvement of National stakeholders, CCIVA national assessment. Reviewsof all docs from Scientific Community, Stakeholders Community (public and private sector) and Institutional Community (Ministries, Regions, Province, Municipalities, Regional EPAs and Civil Protection). Provision of recommendationsand guide-linesto build adaptive capacity in different sectors and scales in order to implement cost-effective adaptation measures(mainly anticipatory adaptation)

6 The NAS in Italy: approach TOP DOWN: Technical Panel - about 100 national scientists and sectoral experts InterministerialPanel Ministries, regional authorities, province authorities and municipalities BOTTOM-UP: Participativeprocess-transparency, sharing with national stakeholders(civil society, scientificcommunity, private sector )

7 The NAS in Italy: structure PARTICIPATORY APPROACH: Involvement of stakeholders at all levels On-line survey with a questionaire Two public consultations(april 2013 and July 2013) THREE DOCUMENTS: 1.Technical Report: National assessment of knowledge on climate change, impacts, vulnerability and adaptation for relevant sectors 2.Technical Report: Analysis of European and national policy framework for adaptation 3.Strategy Document: Elements for an Italian NAS

8 The Questionnaire for stakeholders On line: Oct. 1 Nov. 15, sections, 23 questions (multiple, open, value) Glossary 155 full answers Stakeholders: o private sector (22%) o research (22%) o public sector/institutions (16%) o professional bodies and associations (11%) o NGO (8%) o environment and nature protection associations (6%) Stakeholder sectors: Energy (10%), Forestry (9%), Biodiversity (9%), Agriculture (8%)

9 The Questionnaire for stakeholders Perception of CC impacts: High risk (60%) Come definirebbe il livello di rischio derivante dai cambiamenti climatici a cui è esposta l'italia? Medio 15% Basso 2% Inesistente 1.3% Altissimo 21.4% Come percepisce la vulnerabilità rispetto ai cambiamenti climatici nel nostro Paese? Alto 60.4% Media 9,1% Bassa Inesistente 2,6% 2,6% Altissima 27,3% Perception of vulnerability: High (58%) Alta 58,4% Suggested legal form for NAS: Legally binding (80%) Quale natura legale dovrebbe avere una Strategia Nazionale di Adattamento? Linee guida, raccomandazio ni 8,4% Altro 9,8% Legalmente vincolante 81,8%

10 The Questionnaire for stakeholders Meaning of adaptation to climate change impacts: Need to change life style, i.e. modify the behaviour by reducing the consumption of resources. Objectives and contents of a NAS:

11 Italian NAS: National CCIVA assessment Definition and identification of sectors Assessment of present and expected impacts of climate change for each sector Assessment of vulnerabilityof each sector to the present and future climate Assessment of adaptative capacity of each sector Evaluation of already implemented adaptation measures in sectors: Tentative estimate of cost of inaction and adaptation for each sector

12 The NAS in Italy: sectors 1. WATER RESOURCES (quantity and quality) 2. DESERTIFICATION, SOIL DEGRADATION and DROUGHTS 3. HYDROGEOLOGICAL RISK 4. BIODIVERSITY and ECOSYSTEMS: Terrestrial ecosystems Marine ecosystems Inland water ecosystems and transition ecosystems 5. HEALTH 6. FORESTRY 7. AGRICULTURE, ACQUACULTURE, FISHERY: Agriculture and Food Production Marine Fishery Aquaculture 8. ENERGY (production and consumption) 9. COASTAL ZONES 10. TOURISM 11. URBAN SETTLEMENTS 12. CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURES: Cultural Heritage Infrastructures for Transport 13. SPECIAL CASES: Mountain Areas (Alps and Apennines) Po river basin

13 Analysis of EU and National policy adaptation framework Analysis of NAS adopted in Europe with focus on governance settings and sectoral approaches Lessons learnt from 16 European countries with NAS: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Lithuania, Malta, The Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, UK ONGOING! Methodology: desk research (CLIMATE- ADAPT, EEA Reports etc); personal contacts with national focal points Source: CLIMATE-ADAPT, 2013

14 Analysis of EU and National policy adaptation framework Analysis of the EU Adaptation Strategy (launch on April 29, 2013) Overview of EU legislation for mainstreaming adaptation in EU sectorial policies Analysis of the national implementation of Acquis communautairefor the different sectors of Italian NAS

15 Elements of an Italian NAS Strategic document will address the following main elements, coherently with EU Adaptation Strategy and built on lessons learnt from other countries: General principles and objectives Guidelinesto build adaptive capacity in various sectors and at different scales Cross-sectorial adaptation actions

16 The NAS in Italy: next steps Oct. 2013: March 2013: 1st draft Strategy Document April 2013: 1st Public consultation June 2013: 2nd draft Strategy Document July 2013: 2nd Public consultation Final version of Strategy Document + technical documents Nov. - Dec. 2013: Political dialogue on NAS and adoption

17 CONCLUSIONS Italian NAS in progress. EU MS NAS lesson learnt. Future allignement to EU NAS. Possible next steps after adoption of the NAS: A National Adaptation Platform Preparation of a Plan of Action: o analysis of institutional competences at national, regional, provincial and local levels o agreement on priority adaptation actions to be implemented o agreement on time scale of intervention o Allocation of funds.

18 Contacts for SNAC: Sergio Castellari, Ph.D. Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici (CMCC) Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV) Viale Aldo Moro 44, I Bologna Tel: Fax: Mobile: Skype: sergio.castellari Web-site:

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