The Climate Change Adaptation Plan has been published

Pichetto: “Essential programming tool against hydrogeological risk”

The National Climate Change Adaptation Plan has been published on the website of the Ministry of the Environment and Energy Security. The text, updated compared to the 2018 version, will now be submitted to public consultation required by the Strategic Environmental Assessment procedure.

“It is a question – explains Minister Gilberto Pichetto – of one essential programming tool for a country like ours, marked by a serious hydrogeological fragility. The recent tragedies of Ischia and the Marches have reminded us of how absolutely necessary proper land management is in Italy and the implementation of those adaptation works to make our cities, countryside and mountainous areas, inland and coastal areas more resilient to climate change. The plan had been in the works for some time: since the new government took office, with the support of Ispra, we have accelerated the procedures and, as assured in recent weeks, by the end of the year we have managed to speed up the process it will have to lead to the definition of an expected and necessary Plan for the protection of our territory”.

More specifically, explains Mase, theobjective of the Plan is to provide a framework of national guidelines to implement actions aimed at minimize the risks resulting from climate change, improve the ability to adapt of natural, social and economic systems, as well as take advantage of any opportunities which may occur with the new climatic conditions. The Plan proposal was already illustrated to the Regions during two meetings held on 7 November and 20 December last. Once the observations have been examined and the Vas procedure concluded, the text will go to final approval by decree of the minister.

We will then proceed toestablishment of the National Observatory, which will have to ensure the immediate effectiveness of the Plan through the identification of adaptation actions in the various sectors. The Observatory will define priorities, identify stakeholders and sources of funding, as well as measures to remove barriers to adaptation. The results of this activity could converge into sectoral or inter-sectoral plans, in which the interventions to be implemented will be outlined.