Urban Adaptation and Health

Southern Europe and South Eastern Europe are the most vulnerable regions in Europe to the impacts of climate change, according to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). At the same time, the rate of urbanisation in these regions is among the highest in Europe. (The annual urbanisation rate in Hungary between 2006 and 2010, for example, was 5 percent). Various studies have shown that the urban environment serves as a multiplier of the impacts of climate change on a number of economic sectors and ecosystems, including public health. Increasingly frequent heat waves are resulting in higher mortality rates. Experience acquired by municipal authorities around the globe in addressing this problem needs to be shared with medium-sized and large municipalities in Southern and South Eastern Europe.

The main objective of the Thematic Centre on Urban Adaptation and Health was to enhance the understanding and knowledge of the staff of municipalities on climate change adaptation aspects, and to encourage urban settlements in SEE to assess the feasibility of implementing known adaptation policies and measures already developed for use on a larger scale (regional, national and ecosystem).

One pilot study was carried out under the thematic centre:

Pilot Study 6: Vulnerability assessment in Budapest and Veszprém

This pilot study aimed to demonstrate the applicability of adaptation measures and policies in two Hungarian municipalities. The study focused on possible ways to integrate adaptation measures in existing and future development plans. A specific objective was to identify a list of feasible, applicable adaptation measures for the main economic sectors and/or ecosystems that are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.


Thematic centre activities and the results of the pilot study are summarised in the Thematic Centre 3 Report: Urban Adaptation and Health. The pilot study report is available under the Pilot Study 6 tab on this website.