Adaptation to Climate Change in Cities of the Mediterranean Europe

24 Pages Posted: 18 Apr 2022

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Filomena Pietrapertosa

National Research Council of Italy

Marta Olazabal

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Sofia G. Simoes

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Paris Fokaides

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Byron I. Ioannou

affiliation not provided to SSRN

V. Viguie

CIRED, International Research Center on Environment & Development, France

Niki-Artemis Spiridaki

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Monica Salvia

Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche

Sonia De Gregorio Hurtado

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Davide Geneletti

University of Trento - Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering

Oliver Heidrich

Newcastle University

Lea Tardieu

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Alexandros Flamos

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Klavdija Rižnar

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Nataša Belšak Šel

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Efren Feliu

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Marko Matosovic

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Mario Balzan

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Diana Reckien

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract

European cities across the Mediterranean Europe face common climatic threats. These urbanised areas are highly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change and are very likely to suffer potential losses and damages due to the impacts of climate change. However, there is no systematic understanding of how cities in this area are preparing to adapt to these impacts.This research gathered and analysed adaptation planning documents in a sample of 73 cities in 51 regions across 9 European countries located along the Mediterranean Sea. Results show that only 30.1% of the cities in the sample have adopted an adaptation plan, this percentage rises to 62% for regions. The most common concerns across the analysed cities are the variation in urban temperature and rainfall, followed by drought and water scarcity. The regional adaptation policy framework, however, seems to have little influence on the development of plans. Instead, in countries where there is an obligation to develop local climate adaptation plan (e.g.: France) all cities developed an adaptation plan.The results of this paper shed light on the progress of local adaptation planning in Mediterranean Europe and pave the way for further studies and research in this very peculiar geographical area.

Keywords: Climate change adaptation planning, Mediterranean Europe, Cities, regions, climate impacts.

Suggested Citation

Pietrapertosa, Filomena and Olazabal, Marta and Simoes, Sofia G. and Fokaides, Paris and Ioannou, Byron I. and Viguie, V. and Spiridaki, Niki-Artemis and Salvia, Monica and De Gregorio Hurtado, Sonia and Geneletti, Davide and Heidrich, Oliver and Tardieu, Lea and Flamos, Alexandros and Rižnar, Klavdija and Belšak Šel, Nataša and Feliu, Efren and Matosovic, Marko and Balzan, Mario and Reckien, Diana, Adaptation to Climate Change in Cities of the Mediterranean Europe. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4086321 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4086321

Filomena Pietrapertosa (Contact Author)

National Research Council of Italy ( email )

CNR-IMAA
Institute of Methodologies for Environmental Analy
Tito Scalo (PZ), Potenza 85050
Italy

Marta Olazabal

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Sofia G. Simoes

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Paris Fokaides

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Byron I. Ioannou

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V. Viguie

CIRED, International Research Center on Environment & Development, France ( email )

Campus du Jardin Tropical
45 bis avenue de la Belle Gabrielle
F94736 Nogent sur Marne Cedex
France

Niki-Artemis Spiridaki

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Monica Salvia

Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche ( email )

Milano, 20133
Italy

Sonia De Gregorio Hurtado

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No Address Available

Davide Geneletti

University of Trento - Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering ( email )

Italy

Oliver Heidrich

Newcastle University ( email )

Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 7RU
United Kingdom

Lea Tardieu

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Alexandros Flamos

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Klavdija Rižnar

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Nataša Belšak Šel

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Efren Feliu

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Marko Matosovic

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Mario Balzan

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Diana Reckien

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