ETC/CCA – European Topic Centre on Climate Change impacts, vulnerability and Adaptation
The European Topic Centre on Climate Change impacts, vulnerability and Adaptation (ETC/CCA) is a Consortium of European Organizations contracted by the to carry out specific tasks – as identified in the ETC/CCA annual Action Plan (AP) – coherently with the and specific EEA in the area of climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation (CCIVA) across Europe.
As such, the ETC/CCA is an integral part of and support to the European environment information and observation network (Eionet): the EEA partnership network which is crucial to the agency in collecting and organising data and in developing and disseminating information.
The ETC/CCA can be considered the successor of parts of the European Topic Centre on Air and Climate Change (ETC/ACC) and since 1 January 2011 it assists the EEA in supporting EU policy development on CCIVA and disaster risk prevention by providing relevant information and contributing to the harmonisation, quality assessment and exchange of data and/or information. This encompasses: knowledge base, data and indicators on climate change and its impacts across sectors and regions, assessment of climate change vulnerabilities and natural hazard risks to society and ecosystems and current or planned adaptation strategies and actions,as well as capacity building in EEA member countries.
In particular, the ETC/CCA supports the implementation and review of the, by assisting the EEA in maintaining the European Climate Adaptation Platform ( ), which was launched jointly by DG CLIMA and EEA on 23 March 2012, as a follow-up of the EU Commission 2009 and in preparing updated or new indicators and contributions to relevant assessment reports.
As climate change adaptation mainstreaming is broader and also covers many sectoral (e.g. agriculture, coastal areas, floods, water, mountain areas, etc.) and crosscutting policies (e.g. disaster risk reduction, cohesion, research), the ETC/CCA also provides support to the development of some main EU environmental policies such as on: biodiversity (e.g. 2020 Biodiversity Strategy), water (e.g. Water Framework Directive (WFD), 2012 Blueprint for water) and ICZM (Integrated Coastal Zone Management) Strategy.
The ETC/CCA contributes to the five-yearly large assessment reports on the state and outlook of the environment(being the most recent) as well as to more detailed thematic and sectoral assessments in the intermediate years (e.g. on freshwater, coastal systems, urban areas, transport).