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Climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation 
Convener: Blaz Kurnik  | Co-Convener: Tanja Cegnar 
Climate change impact assessment and related adaptation research are emerging scientific and policy areas in Europe. Expert scientific advice has been increasingly called upon to enable informed decision-making. In April 2013 the European Commission (EC) adopted an EU strategy on adaptation to climate change which has been welcomed by the EU Member States. In 2018 the EC published an evaluation of the strategy which shows that the strategy has delivered on its objectives, however, it also shows how Europe is still vulnerable to climate impacts within and outside its borders. Moreover as of 2018 26 out of 28 EU Member States have adopted their national adaptation strategy (NAS) or national adaptation plans (NAP).

The adaptation strategies session is aiming to share experience and present the recent knowledge on how climate change impacts, vulnerability, and adaptation topics are addressed in European countries, regions and as well as the local levels (including urban scales).

We welcome contributions presenting :
* examples on cooperation and knowledge exchange between scientists and policymakers;
* examples of urban adaptation and mainstreaming adaptation into the sectoral policies (e.g. agriculture, transport, energy, etc.);
* experiences on the transfer of research outcomes to decision makers including the design of effective yet economically efficient adaptation initiatives and strategies;
*different ways sharing the knowledge on adaptation and foster the production of research along identified needs contributing to the development of a European knowledge base on climate change and support European countries in their efforts to adopt appropriate climate adaptation strategies, action plans, and measures;
*examples of existing knowledge gaps and research needs;
*examples how knowledge on climate change impacts and vulnerability have been included in the NAP or NAS;
* maximize the degree to which research outcomes address national, regional and European climate policy needs;
* experiences and lessons learnt on climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation (CCIVA) research funding and management and on the development of national and regional adaptation practices;
* information flow among Europe's national and regional CCIVA research programmes and international frameworks.

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