Anticipating global changes

Updated 01/23/2019

In both France and the Overseas Territories, the effects of climate change are already being felt, impacting human activity, the territories and their inhabitants. That is why ADEME is drawing on its expertise to help all actors to adapt.

Support and tools

ADEME thus supports all actors in concretely integrating these issues as part of their policies and activities, through raising awareness of course, but also through support for certain areas of research, such as future climate control, via the Investments for the Future Programme and the development of decision-making tools. ADEME has put in place two specific tools in order to help local authorities assess the challenges they face and develop relevant adaptation strategies. The first one of these, Impact’Climat, offers them a global vision of the actual impacts of climate change on their territories and their long-term evolution. This diagnostic tool gives them an analytical framework to help them ask the right questions. Once the diagnosis has been given, they can envisage a range of directions to take, that will then be broken down first into objectives and then into action plans. The dynamic planning tool Objectif’Climat thus offers a methodology that helps prioritise and divide up these actions according to a specific timeframe and finally evaluate them in order to remain flexible in the face of socio-economic and climatic evolutions in the territories.

The overseas territories: a particular context

Rising sea levels, cliff erosion, coral bleaching... Ultramarine territories are at the forefront of the more significant impacts of climate change. In Guadeloupe for example, authorities have been working with ADEME for a number of years to develop adaptation solutions.

The first step was to improve the understanding of local phenomena in the archipelago. Created in 2014 with support from the Agency, the Regional Observatory for Energy and Climate (OREC) is entrusted with gathering information on the climate. Published every two years, this data has allowed to create a vulnerability profile. The analysis doesn’t cancel out the action: since 2014, a dozen or so local authorities, winners of an ADEME call for project proposals, in collaboration with the Guadeloupe region, the French Development Agency (AFD) and the Caisse des dépôts et consignations (CDC), have already started developing vulnerability diagnoses. ADEME also animates the Climate Change Adaptation Network in Guadeloupe, bringing together all concerned actors from the economic, institutional and associative spheres. The aim is to foster a territorial dynamic, based on the sharing of experiences and solutions implemented. Within this framework, meet-ups and training sessions are offered to facilitate skill development, and some of these will be shared with Guyana and Martinique.