Participate in counseling on the role of schools in adapting to and mitigating climate change

The Thematic Network for Education, Transition, Adaptation and Development “METAR for a Better Climate” invites stakeholders of the educational system to participate in consultations on the role of the educational system in adapting to climate change and mitigating its consequences.

The consultation is open until June 19.

One of the specific objectives of the METAR thematic network is to develop evidence-based guidelines for public climate policies. The consortium consultation highlighted the need to develop guidelines on how the education system can contribute to climate change adaptation, climate change mitigation and low-carbon transition.

The importance of the educational system in adapting to climate change

The need for such Guidelines comes for several reasons, suh as:

1) First of all, because of its size and because it prepares young people for life in uncertain and unpredictable circumstances of the future, the education system plays and will play an important role in adapting to and mitigating the effects of climate change and contributing to low carbon transition.

2) The second reason is that a number of strategic documents, both domestic and international, describe the role and importance of the educational system in adapting to climate change.

3) Third, children and young people express high concern about the state of the environment and climate as well as insufficient action on adaptation to climate change, which puts the educational system and adults in general in charge of listening and answering their questions and needs.

How to participate in counseling?

The draft guidelines, as well as its summary for decision makers in the educational system can be downloaded here, and the summary for educational institutions here. There is also a form on the same links where you can enter comments on the content.

You can also send comments directly to the e-mail address

Map of European city's potential to mitigate and adapt to climate change

As part of the NATURVATION project, maps were made to show the potential of natural based solutions for mitigation and adaptation to climate change in more than 775 European cities. NATure-based URban innoVATION is a 4-year project, funded by HORIZON 2020 and it involves 14 institutions across Europe. Project’s objctive is contribute to realising the potential of nature-based solutions for responding to urban sustainability challenges by working with communities and stakeholders.

The maps show the quantified potential of natural based solutions, which includes:

  • mitigate heat during a heatwave
  • carbon storage and
  • retain water runoff during a rainfall event.

The maps also quantify the additional benefits of natural solutions for cities like:

  • recreation opportunities,
  • availability of green space to support health and well-being and
  • biodiversity potential.

The maps show that the application of additional green areas and trees to mitigate heat during a heatwaves and increase carbon storage has the greatest potential in Southern Europe, the northern UK, the western Balkans and Turkey, while it is the smallest in Central Europe.

Maps of Zagreb, Osijek, Rijeka, Pula, Zadar and Split, as well as other European cities, can be accessed HERE. At the bottom of the website you can enter the city you want and then you can download a document with maps showing the city’s potential for green spaces, mitigate heat during a heatwaves, carbon storage, retain water runoff during a rainfall event and biodiversity.

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