Adaptation to climate change was the focus of the expert workshop held in Kempten in the Allgäu, Germany on 6th of June 2018. Based on practical experiences regarding health management, species diversity within urban areas, agriculture and flood control, the actual challenges of adaptation were discussed.
PEACE-Alps was represented by Dr. Hans-Jörg Barth of Energy and Environment Center Allgäu, eza! who contributed his valuable experiences as well as statistical data gained during the PEACE_Alps project. According to these findings, one of the main challenges is that the topic of climate adaptation is often ranking quite low in priority among municipal decision makers and politics. Since this experience is not unique, the situation can only be changed by continuous professional public relation coming from municipalities and relevant agencies utilizing all sorts of different media according to specific target groups.
GoApply is an Alpine Space project dealing with improvement of existing governance structures regarding the implementation of adaptation measure and thus has significant potential of synergies with PEACE_Alps.