Ministry of Environment and Energy (MEEN)
The Ministry of Environment and Energy is mandated to preserve and improve the environment, spatial and urban planning and advance the energy and mineral resources sectors, in accordance with the principles of sustainable development. The Ministry has executive and coordinating competences and thus fulfills its mandate through development and promotion of environmental policies, such as the national climate policy.
With regard to climate change adaptation, MEEN is mandated to develop, evaluate and revise the National Adaptation Strategy (NAS) by Law 4414/2016, articles 42-45 (GG Α΄149/2016). In addition, the Minister of Environment and Energy is appointed to chair the National Climate Change Adaptation Committee (NCCAC).
The responsibility for adaptation falls under the Directorate of Climate Change and Air Quality (Climate Change Department). The Directorate of Climate Change and Air Quality is required to submit proposals for legislative and administrative acts to improve resilience and strengthen adaptive capacity to climate change, to examine and monitor the Regional Adaptation Action Plans, as well as to support the work and activities of the National Climate Change Adaptation Committee. The Directorate of Climate Change and Air Quality has coordinated and co-authored the National Adaptation Strategy, which was formally endorsed through Law 4014/2016 (article 45). It also coordinates mainstreaming adaptation across the sectoral policies of other central government departments.
The MEEN coordinates the LIFE-IP AdaptInGR project and participates in almost all project actions. For MEEN, the LIFE-IP AdaptInGR project is an important instrument to deliver the National Adaptation Strategy and the 13 Regional Adaptation Action Plans and in general to adapt Greece to climate change.
Contact person for LIFE-IP AdaptInGR:
LIFE-IP AdaptInGR Coordinator
Officer in Climate Change Department, Directorate of Climate Change and Air Quality, Ministry of Environment and Energy