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Regional conference «Responding to Climate Change in Eastern Partnership Countries»

2014-03-26

Regional conference «Responding to Climate Change in Eastern Partnership Countries»

In the framework of the Climate Forum East (CFE) project, the Austrian Red Cross (AutRC) and the Georgia Red Cross Society (GRCS) organized the first regional conference "Responding to Climate Change in Eastern Partnership Countries” on 26-27 March, 2014 in Tbilisi, Georgia.

More than 60 representatives from civil society organizations, National Red Cross and Red Crescent  Societies, scientific institutions, governments, regional and international organizations from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova participated in this regional event.

The main purpose of the conference was to bring together representatives from six civil society networks on climate change adaptation and representatives from other regional and international networks to present and jointly discuss the recommendations and outcomes of six civil society-led climate vulnerability assessment reports. The event supported cross-country best practice exchange as participants presented their activities in climate change adaptation, ranging from awareness raising initiatives to policy dialogue with decision-makers to youth actions.

 The second day of the conference was dedicated to interactive skills development trainings in EU fundraising, resilience for cities and mobilization of youth for climate change activities.

 Key aspects of climate vulnerability assessment reports:

Armenia: Ecosystem-based approach to climate change adaptation with a focus on agriculture, water and human health

Azerbaijan: Focusing on the vulnerability of water resources, public health, agriculture and coastal areas

Belarus: Looking at public health, especially heat waves, and agriculture/forestry

Georgia: Public health and water resources, with specific investigation into the impact of changing heat wave risk in Tbilisi

Moldova: Rural development, public health and biodiversity

Ukraine: Methods for assessing urban vulnerability to climate change and recommendations for urban adaptation