director ! thomas dworak
policy experts ! maria berglund ! nikolaus fleischmann ! daniela hohenwallner-ries ! magdalena rogger ! linda romanovska ! guido schmidt ! thomas thaler
event managers ! christine matauschek ! michaela matauschek
categories ! Climate Change Adaptation ! Inland Water ! Environmental Economics ! Agriculture ! Coastal and Marine !

Fresh-Projects | Climate Change Adaptation

Ongoing: CC+Tourism

Environment Agency Germany | The following project identifies the impacts of climate change on the tourism sector in Germany and possible adaptation mechanisms. This implies the analysis of existing climatic data, a vulnerability assessment and collection of adaptation options as well as the strong involvement of relevant stakeholders in order to achieve  sustainable tourism in changing climatic conditions in the ...

Ongoing: Sustainable Integrated Management FOR the NEXUS of water-land-food-energy-climate for a resource-efficient Europe (SIM4NEXUS)

EC EASME (H2020) | SIM4NEXUS will develop innovative methodologies to facilitate the design of policies and bridge knowledge and technology gaps in the field of the water-land-food-energy-climate Nexus under climate change conditions. Fresh-Thoughts leads the activities on Dissemination and ...

Ongoing: Oasis Innovation Hub for Catastrophe and Climate Extremes Risk Assessment — H2020_Insurance

EASME, European Commission | This project intends to operationalize a system, called the Oasis Loss Modelling Framework, that combines climate services with damage and loss information and provides a standardised risk assessment process that can assess potential losses, areas at most risk and quantify financial losses of modelled scenarios. The project intends to test and prove the Oasis LMF system through undertaking a ...

Ongoing: ETC/CCA European Topic Centre on Climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation 2014-2018

EEA | The European Topic Centre on Climate Change impacts, vulnerability and Adaptation (ETC/CCA) is a Consortium of European Organizations contracted by the European Environment Agency (EEA) to carry out specific tasks - as identified in the ETC/CCA annual Action Plan (AP) - coherently with the EEA five-year strategy, the Multiannual Work Programme and the specific EEA Annual Work Programme in the ...

Ongoing: Assistance and technical support for the Evaluation of EU funding proposals

EASME, MWH SA/NV | Fresh Thoughts provides services as technical evaluators for EU funding proposals in the areas of environment, climate change adaptation and ...

Ongoing: EU-Iran environment and climate change exchanges

European Commission DG Environment | Support to initial exchanges between Iran and the EU on environment and adaptation to climate change, in order to develop a roadmap for cooperation on water and marine ...

Sava adaptation strategy

UNECE | The four riparian countries of the Sava River Basin (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia) ratified the Framework Agreement on the Sava River Basin (FASRB) as a unique international agreement, which integrated many aspects of water resources management and established the International Sava River Basin Commission (ISRBC) for its implementation of the FASRB. According to the ...

Climate Adaptation Strategy for Luxemburg

Le Gouvernement du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg | Climate Change is one of the big challenges of the 21st century. Apart from mitigation, adaptation to the consequences of climate change is indispensable. In this context, the Government of Luxemburg, has decided to elaborate a climate adaptation strategy based on two already existing documents. The strategy will comprise of the following parts: a summary of climate change impacts on ...

Mid-term review of GIZ developpp Water Stewardship initiatives (Egypt, Honduras, El Salvador)

GIZ | In 2013, EDEKA, SAB Miller and GIZ started a strategic alliance (STA) with the aim of supporting water stewardship initiatives in several countries (Egypt, Columbia, Honduras), which is allocated at develoPPP within GIZ. Fresh-Thoughts Consulting GmbH has been contracted to develop an external mid-term evaluation of the Strategic Alliance and its ...

Implementation of the urban adaptation initiative within the framework of the Covenant of Mayors II

European Commission DG Environment | The consortium  aims to foster the European Commission’s Mayors Adapt initiative and to strengthen the direct link between the European Commission and local authorities in taking coherent, integrated actions on adaptation. This is done by expanding the network of participating cities, active involvement of signatories, awareness raising and showcasing good practice, providing ...

Support to the India-EU Water Partnership

AETS Consortium for EC DEVCO | The objective of this assignment is to facilitate a coherent involvement of the EU and its Member States (MS), jointly with the relevant Indian authorities, in the Clean Ganga initiative of the Government of India and establish a concrete example of EU-India relations where the EU and its MS are engaged as key players and act in a coordinated and complementary manner, to allow the replication ...

Support to Activities related to the EU Policy on Integrated Coastal Management and Maritime Spatial Planning

European Commission, DG Environment | Coastal and marine areas face a multitude of activities often causing an unsustainable development. The need for integrated coastal management (ICM) and maritime spatial planning (MSP) in Europe stems from increasing competition for maritime space by diverse actors and industries. The interests and activities of new and fast growing industries such as renewable energy equipment and aquaculture ...

Screening tool for the climate proofing of River Basin Management Plans

Umweltbundesamt Germany | The EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) entered into force in 2000. It sets out the environmental objectives for all European surface and ground waters. The objectives of the Directive are to protect waters, preventing deterioration and protecting and improving the state of water bodies, terrestrial ecosystems and wetlands. The central element to achieving the Directive’s environmental ...

Climate change adaptation into planning

Umweltbundesamt Germany | Climate change is one of the major challenges of the 21st century. In addition to reducing greenhouse gases, the political debate has increasingly also turned towards adapting to the no longer avoidable consequences of climate change. Adaptation as a societal challenge involves a high degree of complexity. So it is important on the one hand the impact of climate change weaken, on the other ...

Support for Regional Training on Vulnerability Assessment and Adaption Planning

ECRAN (Environment and Climate Regional Accession Network) | ECRAN (Environment and Climate Regional Accession Network), financed by EU and managed by the European Commission, assists the beneficiaries in the Balkan region in capacity-building, exchange of information and experience related to preparation for accession. Fresh Thoughts is providing expert inputs and facilitation for the ECRAN training workshops on Vulnerability Assessment and ...

Assessment of the status of water bodies and ecosystems in Doñana

WWF ES | WWF Spain is involved in the conservation of the Doñana wetlands since the 1960s. Fresh-Thoughts is developing an assessment review of current plans and programmes for the area against the scientific knowledge accumulated in the past decade, identifying new information, challenges, needs for updates, and ...

Ex-ante CC Strategies

ADEME - The French Environment and Energy Management Agency | The ADEME wanted to explore the usefulness of ex-ante evaluation procedures as part of the development of adaptation strategies. To do so, ten examples of ex-ante evaluation applications were analysed to update the types of preferred methods, their contexts and characteristics and reproducibility conditions by the French local authorities. The analysis of these ten case studies helped to ...

Quality Review of the book

WWF CN | WWF China requested Fresh-Thoughts to develop a strategic Quality Assurance check for a publication aimed to propose better drought ...

Mainstreaming of CCA at the local level: Launch of a Climate Change Adaptation Initiative for Cities within the framework of the Covenant of Mayors

European Commission, DG Climate Action, Ecofys Netherlands B.V. | Building on the success of Covenant of Mayors initiative in mitigation, the Mayors Adapt initiative aims to encourage cities, regions and local governments to show leadership on climate change adaptation, and support them in developing strategies for concrete action. In creating a direct link between the European and the city level, the initiative translates and accelerates action on climate ...

LU Presidency in 2015

Le Gouvernement du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg, Ministère du Développement durable et des Infrastructures, Département de l‘Environnement | During the 1st half of 2015, Luxembourg held the rotating Presidency of the European Union. One of the main topics emphasized during the Presidency was the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive. Fresh-Thoughst supported the Water Administration in preparing the groundwork for the Presidency by helping to develop the water resources management theme. To this end, Fresh-Thoughts ...

Assessment of Options to Use Financial Instruments through LIFE Climate Action Sub-Programme 2014-2020

European Commission, Climate Action | The team of FT staff acted as evaluators to the DG ENV LIFE + ...

Climate Sensitive Flood Management in the Lower Mekong Basin

German Development Agency (GIZ) | Floods are essential events that determine the natural characteristics of an aquatic environment and its connected wetlands, as well as ensure a functioning ecology. Hence, the occurrence of flood events is a pre-requisite for a sustainable and healthy riverine structure and habitats for flora and fauna. However, flood events can severely impact the anthropogenic environment and structures and ...

C3-Alps: Capitalising climate change knowledge for adaption in the Alpine Space

UNEP Vienna- ISCC Vienna International Center | Building on the results of previous projects and initiatives on adaptation to climate change in the Alps, C3-Alps sought to synthesize, transfer, and implement in policy and practice the best available adaptation knowledge. By applying a knowledge transfer concept driven by the information and communication needs of target groups, the project optimized the usability of available knowledge ...

Support to the development of the EU strategy for CCA

European Commission, DG Climate Action | The European Commission developed a comprehensive EU Adaptation Strategy with the general aim to enhance the preparedness and capacity to effectively address the impacts of climatic change in the EU, its Member States, regions and cities, down to the local level. The preparation of the EU Adaptation Strategy was supported from December 2011 till February 2013 by the project contract ...

Climate Change Adaptation, coastal and marine issues

DG Environment | Fresh-Thoughts prepared the background document for the development of a staff working paper on climate change adaptation in coastal and marine issues. As part of the commitment the EU made to adaptation under the White Paper, this document presented a comprehensive view of the main regional impacts of climate change on marine and coastal areas and the current policy framework, as well as ...

Online publication consultation for the EU adaptation strategy on climate change

European Commission, Climate Action | Public participation is an invaluable process that increases transparency and allows stakeholders to actively collaborate in public policy. In the field of climate change adaptation, it is a useful tool to gather the needs and interests of affected parties to better understand the current state of the art as well as to identify ways to move forward. In preparation of the EU Adaptation ...

Adaptation to Climate Change in the Pyrenees

Region Midi, Pyrenees DAJ, Service des Marches Publics, France | The main objective of the study “Adaptation to climate change in the Pyrenees” was to identify and analyse the measures and adaptation strategies to climate change most relevant at both the Pyrenees and European level, as well as to promote these experiences to support the dissemination of good practices across the Pyrenees. The main tasks of the project were to: Identify ...

Gap analysis of the EU policy on water scarcity & droughts

European Commission, Climate Action | The study synthesised knowledge on water scarcity & droughts in the EU to provide input to the “Blueprint to Safeguard Europe’s Water”. The project used existing and on-going studies and research activities, data collected by inter-alia EEA, Eurostat and JRC, experiences from implementing the 2007 Communication in Member States as well as on-going stakeholder activities ...

Climate proofing of EU policies

European Commission, Climate Action | This study assessed the most significant threats and challenges posed by climate change to the EU by focussing on policy areas of particular relevance for the EU budget and where no or little action has been taken so far. To this end, the project team identified the most appropriate measures that could be taken or adjusted to address these threats until 2020 and to assess them against their ...

Adaptation to Climate Change in the Mekong Region I

German Development Agency (GIZ) | This project aimed to strengthen the capacities of relevant institutions to adapt to changes in flood patterns resulting from climate change in the lower Mekong basin. It supported the regional organization MRC and related line agencies in the four member countries in building up information and data management systems to better forecast flood patterns under climate change conditions. To this ...