Measures of heat stress resilience of small and medium-sized communities promoted by the project LIFE LOCAL ADAPT

19:00 Tuesday 28 May




Bettina Fischer (Austria) 1; Majana Heidenreich (Germany) 2; Valeri Goldberg (Germany) 2; Caterina Joseph (Germany) 3; Barbara Köstner (Germany) 2; Dominic Rumpf (Germany) 3; Adelheid Weiland (Austria) 1; Andrea Gössinger-Wieser (Austria) 1

1 - Provincial Government of Styria, Department for Energy Technology and Climate Protection; 2 - Technical University Dresden, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Institute of Hydrology and Meteorology, Chair of Meteorology; 3 - Saxon State office for Environment, Agriculture and Geology, subunit of the Saxon State Ministry for Environment and Agriculture

Adaptation to climate change plays a key role on all levels of decision-making, however, the local level is especially challenged because communities often lack sufficient personnel and financial resources. In order to trigger local adaptation actions, the EU funded project LIFE LOCAL ADAPT started in 2016 to support small and medium sized communities in the regions Saxony in Germany, Styria in Austria, North-west of Czech Republic and Valka in Latvia. Climatic analyses for the various regions demonstrate that hot days will significantly increase requiring measures of heat protection to i.e. prevent health risks or natural disasters.

The more often extreme heat stress occurs, the more likely are scenarios of new and unexpected effects. This poster reflects on literature based methods on the one hand, i.e.the most important recommendations and measures related to various action plans, such as physical (e.g., buildings, cooling), administrative (e.g., monitoring and steering activities) and social measures (e.g., education, collaboration) – and on local best practice examples to avoid heat stress on the other hand. Some identified barriers and success factors (i.e. contests about adaptation measures in Germany) were evaluated by us. Experiences and best practice examples gathered will be useful for actors communicating with stakeholders on various levels to foster action local actions / measures.