PLACARD project calls for ‘resilient societies’ to rise from COVID-19 crisis

PLACARD project calls for ‘resilient societies’ to rise from COVID-19 crisis

By Will Bugler

A major European Commission-funded project known as PLACARD, called last month for governments to focus on building climate resilience as part of their COVID-19 recovery plans.

In a policy brief, issued in the final weeks of the project, the Platform for Climate Adaptation and Risk Reduction (PLACARD) project said that climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction are vital in order to manage future systemic risks to European societies and economies. The brief had three central recommendations:

  1. Building more resilient societies, including advancing the European Green Deal, should be a central concern as Europe considers its recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The COVID-19 recovery must be climate-compatible and focus on building long-term resilience, in addition to responding to short-term priorities.
  2. Climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction are important processes for managing future risks and galvanising cooperation between communities, across sectors and scales and beyond borders. Insights from these areas should be leveraged for the European Green Deal and COVID-19 recovery.
  3. Improving communication, harmonising language, connecting actors, and building structures for cooperation will be essential for a resilient European Green Deal and green COVID-19 recovery. A wealth of tools and approaches are available to take immediate steps. Continued investments are needed to strengthen existing institutions and create new ones to manage risk and promote cooperation in a warming world.

PLACARD was a research programme that brought together leading practitioners in climate resilience and disaster risk reduction to improve response to climate-related shocks and stresses faced by European countries.

The briefing note, Adapting to extremes: Key insights for bridging climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in the European Green Deal, builds on insights developed across the project for bridging adaptation and risk reduction – especially in the context of the European Green Deal. It includes the central idea that recovery from the pandemic must be compatible with climate sustainability and focus on building “long-term resilience as well as short-term priorities”.

Climate adaptation and risk reduction, it says, are important processes for managing future risks and galvanizing cooperation between communities, in all sectors, on all scales, and across borders.

PLACARD was coordinated on behalf of the European Commission by the Portuguese research coalition FCiências.ID.


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