What makes a risk assessment useful for policymakers?

Are you a policymaker involved in developing adaptation plans at the national or urban level? Or an expert or researcher looking to produce climate change risk and vulnerability information that is well-tailored and practical for policymakers?

If so, join our session at ECCA 2017 to hear about lessons learnt and key elements that make climate change impact, vulnerability and risk assessments useful to feed into national and local adaptation plans.

Governments across Europe are carrying out national assessments of climate change impacts, vulnerability and risks. These assessments are intended to be used by policymakers to develop national-level adaptation strategies and plans, while also helping to inform urban decision-makers in preparing local adaptation (and mitigation) plans. The information feeding into these plans share common points as well as differences, particularly when looking across countries and planning cultures in Europe. The processes and methods used, the impact, vulnerability and risk metrics, and the format of the information feeding into adaptation plans vary depending on factors such as the scale of the plan, policy context, and location-specific risks, as well as capabilities and availability of resources.

This interactive session will discuss whether the information currently produced at national and local level is fit-for-purpose, and what the main information needs are. We will begin with a series of presentations from a panel to cover the main points of difference and commonality across countries, as well as at the national versus local scale. Presentations will focus on the main barriers or information gaps, as well as the interlinkages with mitigation plans, i.e. potential gains or benefits from information provided or needed for mitigation plans. The panellists will introduce two pan-European studies on these topics as well as country-specific analyses carried out for the UK, Germany, and Italy.

Panel presentations will be followed by audience participation providing an opportunity to share reflections and perspectives on information needs, and whether they are fit-for purpose.

Panel members:

  • Hans-Martin Füssel, European Environment Agency (EEA)
  • Petra Mahrenholz, Federal Environment Agency (UBA), Germany
  • Francesca Giordano, Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA)
  • Jaroslav Mysiak, Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change (CMC)
  • Manuela Di Mauro, UK Committee on Climate Change
  • André Jol, European Environment Agency (EEA)
  • Diana Reckien, University of Twente, NL


Posted: 19 April 2017