Sweden's First strategy for Climate Adaptation

The Government presents Sweden's First strategy for Climate Adaptation (March 2018)

Government in Sweden is now proposing a series of measures to strengthen society's adaptation to a changing climate in Sweden. The new climate adaptation strategy clarifies the authorities' responsibility and proposes that a national expert advice board on climate change to be established at the met office SMHI. The proposals are now being submitted to the Parliament.

In order to strengthen the climate adaptation work locally, it will now be required that the municipalities in the masterplan give their views on the risk of damage to the built environment that may be caused by climate-related floods, races, landslides and erosions. The municipalities will also give their views on how such damage can be reduced or prevented. According to the new climate adaptation strategy, Boverket (National Board of Housing, Building and Planning) is to be the coordinator of climate change in relation to new and existing buildings, which means that the authority becomes the municipality's obvious contact area on these issues. "There has been criticism that Sweden lack a coordinated work on climate adaptation at national level. The municipalities have also found it difficult to get the support they need from the state authorities. Now we strengthen the national coordination and clarify the mandate of the authorities, " said Karolina Skog, Minister for the Environment, Ministry of the Environment and Energy.

In order to ensure effectiveness and continuity of the national climate adaptation efforts, the government proposes a five-year cycle that, in addition to implementation, also includes monitoring, evaluation and revision of the strategy. In the national climate adaptation strategy, an assignment is given to identify specific risk areas in Sweden regarding races, slides, flooding and erosion.