PROVIA website      

The overall aim of PROVIA is to help provide international direction and improve the coherence of research on climate change vulnerability, impacts and adaptation (VIA).
PROVIA addresses the critical need to harmonise, mobilise, and communicate the growing knowledgebase on VIA research that decision makers and the rest of society need in order to understand and adapt to risks from climate change. With this in mind, it is our vision to create a new and vitally important interface between the scientific community and decision-makers involved in VIA issues, and improve the availability and accessibility of such knowledge to the people that need it most.

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European Commission
The Directorate-General for Research and Innovation's mission is to develop and implement the European research and innovation policy with a view to achieving the goals of Europe 2020 and the Innovation Union.

As such, the DG contributes to making Europe a better place to live and work, improving Europe's competitiveness, growth and job creation while tackling the main current and future societal challenges. To do so, the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation supports research and innovation through European Framework Programmes, coordinates and supports national and regional research and innovation programmes, contributes to the creation of the European Research Area by developing the conditions for researchers and knowledge to circulate freely, and supports European organisations and researchers in their cooperation at international level.

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Government of the Netherlands
For the Dutch government the need for climate change adaptation is real and acute. This is true for the Netherlands itself as well as for its partners in the vulnerable parts of the world, for example in low-lying deltas. The Dutch policy focuses on the prevention of the negative consequences of climate change and local and international collaboration. Based on the vision that sustainable development and resilience can only be achieved through inclusive green growth, the Dutch put forward their expertise in food security and water.

On a national level, action on climate change adaptation takes place through the formulation of a National Adaptation Strategy and the implementation of the Delta Programme. This is a joint effort of national government, provinces, municipalities and regional water authorities with input from social organisations and the business community.