||It is emphasized in the 4. Assessment Report of the IPCC, that the global climate change cannot be avoided anymore, but the effects just may be softened. Europe increasingly will face the consequences of the climate change, like temperature rise, the augmentation of disaster occurrences etc. On international level, as well as in Austria, the need for an adaptation to these changes yet is realized. Therefore first steps for the development of a national adaptation strategy have been made by the “Lebensministerium”. In advance the “Investigation of the actual state for the adaptation to climate change” of the Institute for Social Ecology, in collaboration with the Institute of Meteorology and the Federal Environmental Agency, supplies an overview of research activities and practical measures of the adaptation to climate change in Austria. It documents about 300 activities. The present project is supposed to identify first action recommendations for the activity fields agriculture, forestry, water management, energy-/electricity generation, building and housing as well as tourism. In this context, action recommendation is a term with a wide comprehension, which includes both, to point out gaps in knowledge, need for research and essential framework, as well as proposals for concrete measures.
In order to be able to deduce recommendations for the adaptation to the climate change, a survey with interviews of hundreds of experts, as well as expert workshops with altogether 40 experts is planned. The results of the survey and the workshops are action recommendations that seem to be expedient and necessary including an estimation of the ability to consensus of the stakeholders concerned. The investigation shall establish the basis for prospective political agenda setting. The project is realized for AustroClim by order of the BMLFUW from 06/08-10/08 by the IFF Institute for Social Ecology, University of Klagenfurt, the Federal Environmental Agency, the Institute of Meteorology, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna.