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European Climate Risk Assessment (EUCRA)

 European climate risk assessment: executive summary

The EUCRA report has the following scope and focus:

  • The  report  focuses  on  those  climate-sensitive  risks  that  may  require  action  at the European or transnational level to avoid major impacts on Europe’scitizens, economy or ecosystems of international importance, or the overall functioning of the EU.
  •  EUCRA focuses on those climate-sensitive risks where changes in climatic hazards are a major contributor to current and future risk levels, while acknowledging the importanceof non-climatic risk drivers.
  • Particular  attention is  paid to ‘complex’ climate risks, including risks caused by the combination of various climatic and/or non-climatic hazards (‘compound hazards’), risks cascading through systems and sectors (‘cascading risks’), and risks impacting Europe from outside Europe (‘cross-borderrisks’). It is acknowledged that standard quantitative risk assessment approaches may be difficult to apply to some of these complex risks and risk pathways.
  • The  social  justice  implications  of  climate  risks  and  climate  risk  managementare addressed. This includes, in particular, identifying the European regions most affected by and the population groups most vulnerable to the major climate risksassessed in this report.
  • EUCRA goes beyond framing scientific evidence by also addressing how climate risks can impact  on  specific  policy  areas.  This  includes  identification  of  EU  policies  exposed  to climate  risks and those that  can increase  resilience  to these risks, encompassing both financial aspects and non-financial policies.

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