Providing a strong start for the road forward, 21 European countries have already established national policies for adapting to climate change, according to a survey by the European Environment Agency. Of the 30 European countries surveyed, more than three fourths of the respondents listed extreme weather events among the major factors in inciting climate change planning, the second most popular reason cited was a response to European Union policies.

While many of the countries reported a lack of resources such as time, money, or technologies as impeding progress, commitment remains very high as these governments have recognized the need for adapting to climate change and are highly motivated to continue this development. A total of 13 countries have already begun to implement concrete adaptation policies, moving beyond the planning stage and into action.

This strong commitment among European nations signals a positive commitment to fixing concrete adaptation policies that will support the drive to establish increasingly binding, global commitments in the years to come.

Read the survey results in full at the European Environment Agency’s website 

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