Jeroen Aerts1 Peter Droogers2 and Saskia Werners3

1Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; 2FutureWater, Arnhem, The Netherlands; 3Climate Change and Biosphere Research Centre (CCB), Wageningen, The Netherlands

Adaptation to climate change increasingly receives attention in policy making as a complementary coping mechanism to mitigation (UNFCCC, 1997). Many adaptations have been developed in the past and throughout history people have adapted to changing or extreme climate conditions. However, water managers see themselves confronted with increasingly credible scientific information on the potential magnitude of climate change and climate variability and the vulnerability of water resources to its impacts. The urgency to take action is more apparent than ever, yet clear guidance on exactly how to respond to the challenge of climate change is lacking (Kabat and van Schaik, 2003).

The ADAPT project addressed this urgency and provided water managers across very different regions with information on possible impacts and a framework to develop and evaluate adaptations. More specifically, the main goal of the ADAPT project was to create a generic framework for river basins that allows for developing and assessing adaptation strategies to alleviate climate impacts on food and the environment.

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