BC3. Basque centre for climate change – Klima aldaketa ikergai


Bottom-up Climate Adaptation Strategies towards a Sustainable Europe perseus logo

Climate change can disrupt ecological, social and economic systems, with some regions and sectors suffering significantly. Therefore, adaptation plays a paramount role in responding to climate change. Progress has been made, but there are still important obstacles. Knowledge of the benefits and costs of adaptation is sparse, unsystematic and unevenly distributed across sectors and countries. Planning suffers from substantial uncertainties in terms of precise impacts. It is also difficult to reconcile the bottom-up nature of adaptation with top-down strategic policy making on adaptation


 To address these challenges BASE will:


  • Improve adaptation knowledge availability, integration and utilization Case studies will be used to understand facilitators of, and barriers to, adaptation. Over 20 cases have been selected to cover the diversity of adaptation, simultaneously paying attention to the need for generalization and comparability. The gap between top-down strategic assessments of costs and benefits and empirical context-sensitive bottom-up analyses will be bridged using novel combinations of models and qualitative analyses.
  • Promote and strengthen stakeholder participation in adaptation BASE will support stakeholder involvement through novel participatory and co-design techniques. Successful bottom-up initiatives will be studied, and the use of knowledge, two-way learning, the role of social media and other awareness raising methods and tools will be explored.
  • Support coherent, multi-level, multi-sector integrated adaptation policies BASE will provide policy guidelines by integrating lessons from past experiences, case studies, insights provided by modeling and stakeholder participation. Issues of multilevel, cross sectoral and inter-temporal governance that are presently weakly tackled will be highlighted. Potential conflicts and synergies of adaptation with other important policies will be explored to overcome constraints caused by context-related inertias.


Start date: October 2012

End date: September 2016

Call: FP7-ENV-2012-two-stage (European Commission)

Partners in the BASE consortium:

Aarhus Universitet (Denmark) - Coordinator
Ecologic Institut (Germany)
Fundacao da faculdade de ciencias da Universidade de Lisboa (Portugal)
Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui cambiamenti Climatici Scarl (Italy)
Helmholtz/zentrum fuer umweltforschung (Germany)
The University of Exeter (United Kingdom)
Stichting Deltares (Netherlands)
BC3 Basque Centre for Climate Change (Spain)
Suomen Ymparistokeskus (Finland) 
Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale (Italy) 
Centrum Vyzkumu Globalni Zmeny (Czech Republic) 
University of Leeds (United Kingdom) 
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain) 
Fonden Teknologirådet (Denmark) 

Key people involved in BC3:

Prof. Anil Markandya 
Dr. Aline Chiabai 
Dr. Ibon Galarraga 
Dr. Marc Neumann
Dr. Marta Olazabal

Website: base-adaptation.eu

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