Funded by
  • MATTM - Ministero dell'Ambiente e della tutela del territorio e del mare
Duration 18 months from 06/07/2012 to 05/07/2014

Coordinating organizationTop
  • CMCC - Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change
CMCC Scientific LeaderTop CMCC Project managerTop DivisionTop General aimsTop


In the context of the development of National Adaptation Strategies (NAS) across all European countries and a comprehensive European Adaptation Strategy by the European Commission, the Italian approach to develop a NAS involves 3 main elements:

  • the collection, analysis and interpretation of sound scientific data on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation relevant per sector at the national level, collected through a working group of national scientists;
  • the study of the political process of adaptation at the European level and an investigation about adaptation governance;
  • adequate consideration of the results of the involvement of national stakeholders and institutions when allocating priorities for action for adaptation.


  • Identification of specific sectors for sectoral and inter-sectoral analysis
  • Evaluation of the status of scientific knowledge on climate change impacts, availability of data and information at different scales and sectors in the country
  • Identification of sectoral vulnerabilities to those impacts and evaluation of related risks
  • Support in identifying and analysing current adaptation measures carried out at different scales (national, regional and local) and in various sectors
  • Estimation of costs and benefits of possible adaptation measures/actions for various sectors for short (2020-2030) and medium term (2040-2050)
  • Support in identifying main national stakeholders and managing dialogue between institution
  • Support in elaborating guidelines for sectoral adaptation action at different scales.
Expected resultsTop

Development of guidelines for a National Adaptation Strategy to Climate Change in Italy

  • TASK 1: Analysis and synthesis of knowledge base on climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation per sectors at the national level
  •  TASK 2: Proposal for national governance for adaptation
  • TASK 3: Identification and involvement of stakeholders, support to IMELS for dialogue between national institutions
  • TASK 4: Definition of elements for developing a national adaptation strategy