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The regional Climate Vulnerability Assessment (CVA) methodology workshop in Chaqvi


The regional Climate Vulnerability Assessment (CVA) methodology workshop in Chaqvi

During the last weeks, Georgia Red Cross Society (GRCS) and Austrian Red Cross (AutRC) had been making feverish preparations for the Regional Climate Vulnerability Assessments (CVA) workshop. There were around 45 participants coming from the European Union and Eastern partnership countries: Austria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine, the Netherlands, Belarus and Moldova. The regional CVA methodology workshop was held in Chaqvi near Batumi (Georgia), Hotel “Oasis” on 8-9 July 2013. It was facilitated by a Climate Change expert of the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Center based in The Hague.

The aim of the workshop was to bring together the authors of the national CVAs along with members of six national civil society networks on Climate Change Adaptation to consider the best approach towards developing the national reports. Representatives from government institutions, NGOs, the academic sector and the Red Cross and Red Crescent shared experiences and best practices in writing vulnerability assessments and discussed potential challenges and ways to further involve network members in the process.
Representatives from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Environment Agency Austria (EAA) presented their experiences in developing climate vulnerability assessments and adaptation strategies, and local experts shared more detailed information about climate impacts vulnerability in Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus regions.
By the end of the meeting, each national network had a clear idea of the next steps in the development of the CVA and their role in the process, and the report authors were ready to start their work.

The Climate Forum East project is co-funded by the European Union, Austrian Development Agency, Austrian Red Cross and the World Wide Fund for Nature.
This project is coordinated by the Austrian Red Cross and implementing partners in the project are Armenia Red Cross Society, Georgia Red Cross Society, Belarus Red Cross Society, Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society, Ecological Centre of Ukraine and ECOSPECTRU (Moldova) and National Ecological Center of Ukraine (NECU).