More than two thousand pages of knowledge about climate change adaptation

Published: 8 September 2015

The ‘Handbook of Climate Change Adaptation’ appeared recently, a publication with more than 2000 pages describing cases in the field of climate change adaptation. This work provides an extensive overview of scientific, social, political and cultural factors involved in climate change adaptation. All the chapters are clearly linked to actual practice.

European Climate Proof Areas

Deltares contributed to the chapter about regional climate change adaptation in coastal zones, which lists a range of cases from the European Climate Proof Areas (CPA) programme. In this programme, Deltares was involved in the cases looking at ecology and nature development (sand starvation and shellfish habitat in the Eastern Scheldt) and water supplies for agriculture (in Schouwen-Duivenland and Wesenmarch). In addition, a climate change adaptation toolbox was made for the coastal regions. As well as describing cases, the handbook also sets out recommendations for regional climate change adaptation.

Focus on cooperation at the regional level

Project director Ger de Lange; ‘Because of all the factual contributions made by experts from throughout the world, the handbook has become a major reference work for the field, scientific work and governance. An important final recommendation for the last of these areas is that the focus at the regional level must be primarily on cooperation. In the CPA project for water supplies, this meant working together with, for example, local farmers. Working like this makes it more likely that the long-term approach will be consistent.’

Knowledge for Water – GO-FRESH

The CPA freshwater project on Schouwen-Duiveland also led, incidentally, to the Knowledge for Water project GO-FRESH, in which Alterra, KWR Water cycle Research Institute, Acacia and the Hogeschool Zeeland joined Deltares to study the extent to which local measures can make more fresh water available in areas that work independently from the main water system, for example by using water from creek ridges.