Planning to tackle climate change
Few European countries are seriously imbedding climate change in to planning systems.
EEA Executive Director, Professor Jacqueline McGlade
ESPACE (European Spatial Planning: Adapting to Climate Events) is a four-year European project promoting the importance of adapting the entire planning process to the impacts of climate change.
Professor McGlade said that few European countries are seriously imbedding climate change into planning systems. 'While national strategies to adapt to climate change do exist in several European countries there are huge gaps. As we look out across Europe we see very little happening on adaptation despite the stark warnings from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Planners and planning authorities have a vital role to play.'
She also praised ESPACE for being one of the first transboundary projects for raising awareness on the need for spatial planning systems to adapt to climate change, establishing trans-national and sub-national networks and contributing to EU policy development.
A Green Paper on adaptation will be published by the European Commission on 3 July 2007.