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Adapting to Climate Change in Practice: where are we today, what do we need for tomorrow?

International Conference, 7–8 June 2016, Bern / Switzerland


Universität Bern
Schanzeneckstrasse 1
3012 Bern

Most Central European countries have developed their own adaptation strategies over the past few years, and now the question of implementation of these strategies is important. How can regions, cities and municipalities reduce their climate-related risks and exploit any resulting opportunities? How can researchers, government departments and industry professionals work together successfully on the adaptation process? What underlying conditions will be required? The aim of this international conference was to deliver the answers to these questions. The emphasis was on concrete examples and experience gathered from the practical implementation of adaptation measures in Central Europe. Projects and measures were presented and discussed in eight sessions focusing on different challenges. The framework was provided by several overarching topics, namely: strategies, governance approaches, forms of cooperation and knowledge transfer.

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The event was for everybody who is involved in the practice of adaptation to climate change or who is working at any of the interfaces between science, administration and implementation.

The conference was organised by the Federal Office for the Environment FOEN together with ProClim, Forum for Climate and Global Change of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT).

Download the meeting documentation (slides and summaries)
(Only available in german)


  • Adaptation to climate change
ProClim – Forum for Climate and Global Change
Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT)
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