Joining forces: PLACARD CCA & DRR workshop

24 October 2017, 09:30–17:45

Red Cross EU Office, Brussels, Belgium

About the workshop

Integration, cooperation and collaboration between actors and organisations working on CCA and DRR is crucial in order to build integrated approaches by linking efforts under the Paris Agreement, 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sendai Framework. Collaboration between European and national actors is beneficial for these integrations. This workshop aims to support and boost these institutional strengthening efforts in Europe by collaboration and exchange between European and national actors in these two fields.

The workshop will:

  • Provide an overview of existing information on institutional capacity to address CCA and DRR at different scales;
  • Give room for discussion on how institutions working in CCA and DRR can enhance cooperation;
  • Present examples of good practice at the forefront of integrating and mainstreaming CCA and DRR into policies and practices.

The workshop results – Vision 2030 and way forward – will be used to support integration and mainstreaming of CCA & DRR into policy, institutional arrangements and practice, and will be followed by a second workshop in late 2018/early 2019. Results will feed into the development of guidance on ways and approaches to increase integration, collaboration and cooperation between institutions and organisations working on CCA & DRR towards a more integrated approach in the short-, mid- to long-term.


Based on a recent JRC study, weather-related disasters could affect around two-thirds of the European population annually by the end of this century and could result in a 50-fold increase in fatalities compared to today if no measures are taken (Forzieri G., at al., 2017, JRC).

The Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) communities have similar objectives and are going to benefit from a number of detected synergies in their mandate, scope and activities.

However, risks, vulnerabilities and solutions are framed differently, resulting in diverging policy, planning processes and practice in Europe. The relevant international agreements (Paris, Sendai and Agenda 2030) aim at strengthening coherence and reinforcing development and climate action. This being acknowledged, the Paris Agreement, the Sendai Framework and the Agenda 2030 are depending on each other’s successful implementation – and they explicitly refer to each other.

Book your place

  • Contact: Markus Leitner, Environment Agency Austria. Tel: +43 (01) 31304 3536
  • Admission: Free
  • Number of participants: max. 30

Drinks and snacks will be provided at a reception following the workshop.

Back-to-back events:

This workshop is organised by the PLACARD Interchange in collaboration with DG-CLIMA, DG-ECHO, DG-JRC, EEA and members from the RESPECT project.

Bridging between CCA and DRR illustration by Bertram de Rooij

Illustration by Bertram de Rooij

Workshop schedule

Time Session
09:00 Registration, tea & coffee
09:30 Session 1: Setting the scene

  • Welcome and introduction – Mário Pulquério, cE3c, University of Lisbon and Markus Leitner, EAA
  • Getting to know each other – Margot Steenbergen, RCCC
10:00 Session 2: DRR & CCA nexus, good practice and success factors

  • Key findings and needs from the recent EEA report on CCA & DRR and case studies – Sergio Castellari, EEA
  • Linking DRR & CCA – a policy perspective – Laura Schmidt, DG Echo
  • Good practices & success factors in linking DRR & CCA, and the way forward – Marin Ferrer Montserrat, JRC & Sergio Castellari, EEA

Discussions will highlight European, national and partly sub-national level experiences:

  • Why collaborate – the rationale and added value of integration.
  • What are the challenges and barriers in collaborating?
11:45 Session 3: CCA & DRR – a vision for 2030
This session will start with a brief presentation on how CCA&DRR as well as SDGs can be jointly tackeled by Margot Steenbergen, RCCC. A joint visioning exercise on the CCA&DRR vision for 2030 will follow, allowing for creative input, based on the following questions:

  • How should CCA&DRR integration and collaboration look like at the policy and institutional level?
  • What reflection do we have already yet from current activities?
13:00 Lunch
including a tea / coffee break
Session 4a: CCA & DRR – way forward towards realising the vision
This session will draw on the results of the previous two sessions to elaborate on potential pathways towards realising the vision.A pitch on “Collaboration in DRR&CCA, who is doing what” will be provided by Sukaina Bharwani, Stockholm Environment Institute.This is followed by a short presentation on exploring the concept of Iterative Climate Risk Management (ICRM) to operationalize the linking of DRR&CCA in practice, based on experience from the RESPECT project:

  • Iterative Climate Risk Management – Thomas Schinko, IIASA and Markus Leitner, EAA

Discussion will be around the following question:

  • What are short, medium and long-term critical elements and comprise a successful pathway to realising the 2030 vision?
15:30 Tea / coffee break
16:00 Session 4b: CCA & DRR – way forward towards realising the vision for 2030

Discussion in working groups on the main critical elements and next steps to make them happen:

  • How to develop these critical elements?
  • What specific mechanisms, tools or activities would be necessary to progress the 2030 vision?
  • What are the key actors, their roles and responsibilities?
  • What opportunities did you already identify/make user of/started to integrate?
  • What is the best way to share good practice and success factors on CCA&DRR and with whom should we do this?
17:15 Reflections and next steps.
Workshop close
18:00 Reception at Thon Hotel EU, Rue de la Loi 75, 1040 Bruxelles, Belgium