Climate change is a hot topic in the media. There is the alarming message that climate change will strongly affect life on earth. But what consequences may be expected in Belgium? In cooperation with research partners from other Belgian universities, HIVA analysed the already-experienced and the expected impacts of climate change in Belgium. The research approach is interdisciplinairy, given that economic as well as social and ecological consequences have been taken into account.
This study is the first report of the interdisciplinairy ADAPT Project which aims to set up a decision tool to support the development of adaptation policy in relation to climate change effects. Floods are the focus of this project. An increase in floods is expected in Belgium. Therefore, it is necessary to analyse how to handle these flood risks in a sustainable way. The used methodologies will be cost-benefit analysis and multi-criteria analysis. In contrast to other tools, social and ecological costs are considered as well, in combination with economic costs.
This study was financed by the Belgian Federal Science Policy Office.