The 4th European Climate Change Adaptation (ECCA) Conference took place at Centro Cultural de Belém, in Lisbon, Portugal, from the 28th to the 31st of May 2019 with over 1100 delegates from all over the world.
The Organisation Committee of the Conference consisted of the coordinators and selected members of three EU-funded adaptation research projects: BINGO, PLACARD and RESCCUE. SPI, as the entity responsible for Dissemination and Exploitation for the BINGO project, was part of the Organisation Committee.
Building on past conferences that took place in Hamburg (2013), Copenhagen (2015) and Glasgow (2017), ECCA 2019 aimed at promoting the communication and knowledge exchange between researchers, policymakers and practitioners in order to find integrated solutions and inspire action.
Three plenaries were held in ECCA. The opening plenary (28 May) with the title “Europe is at risk: adapting to extremes” focused on the urgency to take action and present what is being done in Lisbon, Portugal and Europe, and included high-level keynote speakers:
The second plenary (29 May) “Adapting businesses to climate change: risks and opportunities” brought on the discussion on the role of the private sector, including speakers from international companies and organisations:
The third plenary: “The road ahead” focused on discussing solutions and setting the path for the next decade to achieve the goals and targets of the three international agreements for 2030, with the intervention of:
Additionally, 96 Science-Practice and Science parallel sessions were organised by the scientific and practice communities to present the current state-of-the-art knowledge and inspired action, as well as a range of innovative tools in the context of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.
The key messages gathered during the conference will be used to inform Horizon Europe by providing an update on each of the six ECCA themes. The update will provide an overview of what is the current state of knowledge of each theme, which interesting highlights have come from ECCA and, most importantly, which knowledge gaps can be identified. An overall analysis will describe how especially these knowledge gaps link to Horizon Europe.