dws-ccca-poster-770pxFourteen Dutch top knowledge institutes have joined forces to provide governments, companies and non-governmental organisations with better policy advice on adapting to the enormous challenges posed by climate change.

The institutes signed agreements to establish the Netherlands Consortium on Climate Change Adaptation (CCCA) on 31 August.

Joint projects
At its launch the consortium involves fourteen organisations, a number that will grow in coming years. Seven of them will give the consortium formal shape by means of a ‘field office’ that will initiate joint projects.

The consortium will integrate knowledge and expertise from various sectors and disciplines.

dws-ccca-themes-scheme-3509px  The CCCA consortium will focus on eight themes and cross-cutting issues.

Complex issues
This collaboration will allow the consortium partners to respond more effectively to the complex policy questions raised by rapid global warming and in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The consortium will focus its work on eight themes and cross-cutting issues, which vary from water management, infrastructure and urban planning to public health, finances, law and governance.

Serious consequences
According to the 2015 Paris climate agreement, the world will need to adjust to serious consequences of global warming: rising sea levels, extreme heat, droughts, storms and extreme rainfall.

Indirect consequences will affect all sectors of society: from spatial planning and infrastructure to banks and insurance companies, from agriculture and food security to safety and public health, from economic development and tourism to global migration.

dws-ccca-houston-aerial-350pxFollowing the recent floods in Houston, USA, it emerged how complex it is to tackle the root causes.

Influencing factors
All these indirect consequences, like possible adaptation measures, will influence each other as well.

Adaptation measures tailored to one sector, such as water management, may work out less favourably in different sectors, such as agriculture or public health.

Adaptations on a national scale, such as major water infrastructure projects, may cause problems on a local scale.

For this reason, there is a great need for policy advice that combines and integrates knowledge from different fields, sectors and government levels.

Smarter advice could bring measures that reinforce rather than weaken each other.

dws-ccca-river-flood-350pxSeven top institutes
The following seven renown Dutch knowledge organisations have joined the consortium as members:
● Climate-KIC Benelux - part of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology
● KNMI - Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute
● RIVM - National Institute for Public Health and the Environment
● KWR Watercycle Research Institute
● NIOZ - Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
● University of Twente - Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
● Utrecht University (consortium co-ordinator)

The following organisations have signed on as associated partners: Climate Adaptation Services (CAS), FutureWater, HydroLogic, Rabobank, Sweco Nederland, TNO and Weather Impact.

This news item was originally published on the website of Consortium on Climate Change Adaptation (CCCA).

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More information
Netherlands Consortium on Climate Change Adaptation (CCCA)
Utrecht Science Park
Utrecht, the Netherlands
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