UNEP Climate Change Adaptation in the Alpine Space Project Completes Work

8 September 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Austrian Federal Environment Agency convened the project completion meeting for the Adaptation to Climate Change by Spatial Planning in the Alpine Space Project (CLISP). The meeting, attended by 100 participants from the Alpine States, convened in Vienna, Austria, on 8 September 2011.

The Project focused on the challenges to spatial planning in the face of climate change. Its results include that: regions that are already sensitive to climate extremes are expected to be the most vulnerable regions in the future; "soft" adaptation strategies like proper "climate-proof" spatial planning, better coordination of actions within institutions, and better risk-communication, are often missing; and climate adaptation needs to be addressed more directly and defined as an objective of spatial planning in legislation and other frameworks.

One of the main outcomes of the CLISP is the Transnational Planning Strategy (TPS), which is aimed to be used as a decision-making tool for the development of suitable adaptation strategies and actions in response to climate change. The results and experience gained under the Project will be shared with other mountain regions, including the Carpathians, Balkans and the Himalaya region. [UN Information Service Vienna Press Release] [CLISP Website]