ACTION 5: Elaboration of a national adaptation plan for Cyprus (Duration: 6 months)
Duration: 01/10/2013 – 31/03/2014
Status – Completed
Action 5 consists of two individual activities:
- Elaboration of a National Climate Change Adaptation Plan for Cyprus
- Monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of the National Adaptation Plan in Cyprus
In the framework of Action 5 of the CYPADAPT project, the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) of Cyprus to climate change was developed (download executive summary link arxeio DELIVERABLE 5.1 english). The National Adaptation Plan of Cyprus constitutes the framework of action for the effective preparation and proofing of the country against the observed and expected changes in climate and covers a 5-year period (October 2014 – September 2019). The Adaptation Plan foresees approximately 250 adaptation measures, actions and practices for each of the eleven policy areas of Cyprus:
For each of the eleven policy areas, draft Sectoral Adaptation Plans were prepared, including a set of adaptation measures that were prioritized with the use of the multicriteria analysis method (Action 4). The adaptation scenario selected for the prioritization of the adaptation measures to be included in the National Adaptation Plan of Cyprus was the Sustainable scenario, according to which, equal weight is assigned to the technical, environmental and social criteria.
An open public consultation on the draft National Adaptation Plan was launched by the Department of Environment of the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural resources and Environment of Cyprus (MANRE) in February 2014 (duration of the consultation process: 7 months). During the consultation period, all stakeholders had the opportunity to express their comments on the Plan. The comments received were evaluated and incorporated to the Plan in order to form the final document of the National Adaptation Plan of Cyprus, which was adopted by MANRE and now constitutes part of the environmental policy of the Republic of Cyprus.
Considering that adaptation to climate change is a long-term process as well as that the nature of climate change and its impacts is dynamic and uncertain, the periodic monitoring and re-evaluation of the National Adaptation Plan is crucial, in order to assess the progress of the country in decreasing vulnerability and enhancing adaptive capacity to climate change, as well as, to undertake corrective actions where necessary.
For that reason, a Strategy for monitoring the implementation of the National Adaptation Plan of Cyprus to climate change has been developed (download the Monitoring strategy – executive summary).