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Expected results and impacts

CIRCLE-2's national and regional members have to take strategic decisions on their Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation (CCIVA) programmes and manage them according to their knowledge of national and international research needs. Improving the transnational relevance of such decisions is a key feature of the ERA-Net as it is providing sound support to ongoing European and national frameworks on Climate Change responses. This effort will result in an improvement of the common knowledge base which is needed for the coherent design of European climate Adaptation strategies.

Climate Adaptation will be a long and continuous process since it will operate at all levels and require close coordination with stakeholders. In order to succeed, European, national, regional and local authorities must cooperate closely and identify common needs and available options. Coordinated research efforts are needed to provide policy developers with a clear overview of research knowledge, to enable a evaluation of their various available options and to help national and regional programmes to align their activities within the European frameworks for Climate Change responses.

By developing open, long lasting and sustainable collaboration within and outside the consortium, CIRCLE-2 will reinforce the cooperation between CCIVA research programmes in Europe. Such efforts will contribute to the optimization of research spending and help maximize the research outcomes needed to address European climate policy needs.

Summary of the potential long-term benefits of CIRCLE-2:

What... impact or benefit How... CIRCLE-2 contributes Who... benefits
CitizensResearch community EC
Higher research quality Peer-review of joint calls and other funding initiatives  
Higher output and improved funding/results ratio (research spending optimisation) Synergies between countries avoid duplication of work
Optimised quality of research management and administration Learning about quality standards of other programmes    
Higher procedural efficiency and improved cost/benefit ratio Joint procedures and shared efforts such as joint programming
Reduction of public spending to cope with Climate Change Impacts Optimisation of public research spending via well-coordinated transnational research activities
Support in the planning and set up of new CCIVA research programmes Active exchange of knowledge, staff exchange, open network    
Knowledge flow between national research programmes and the EC Permanent contact with the EC allows clear identification of relevant topics to be addressed  
Lower risks regarding human life and welfare associated with Climate Change impacts Support to knowledge based design of adaptation measures    
Matching of different scales of policy, including regional, national, transnational and international within and outside Europe Coordination of national and regional CCIVA agendas, connection to the EC research frameworks,  collaboration with non-European players (e.g. developing countries)  
Mutual learning and benchmarking of practices between consortium members Sharing and documenting experiences, staff exchange    
Long lasting collaborations with colleagues from other countries Staff exchange, deepened networking between consortium members  
Solutions to regional scale problems or of trans-boundary nature Group and variable approach
Tailor-made support to policy knowledge needs on CCIVA science Sharing the developed knowledge and outputs of coordinated transnational collaboration on CCIVA research funding  


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How can CIRCLE-2 support Europe's climate research and policy needs?

  • CIRCLE-2 promotes the exchange of research knowledge on policy-relevant Adaptation options in a series of targeted workshops and interactive meetings under its science-policy interface activities.
  • Through its factsheet series, CIRCLE-2 reviews and makes available relevant information about CCIVA research networks, programmes and projects.
  • Although CIRCLE-2 is a European network, it takes into account global aspects and makes use of its member's international endeavours to assess the transferability of nationally available climate Adaptation knowledge to third party countries (e.g. developing countries).
  • CIRCLE-2 promotes the optimisation of research funding by identifying common knowledge gaps, networking and finally pooling national resources into the production of high quality transnational CCIVA research.