Regional kick-off meeting in Tbilisi
The second phase of the Climate Forum East project was launched at a meeting held in Tbilisi on 26th and 27th January 2015.
Representatives from the six project countries of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine joined experts in climate change and biodiversity and representatives of other regional projects at the kick-off meeting at Betsy’s Hotel to review the achievements of Climate Forum East and discuss the activities of Climate Forum East II.
During a poster session on the first morning, participants presented the achievements of the previous two years. The original Climate Forum East project had resulted in the development of national climate vulnerability assessments in each country, with recommendations of adaptation measures for decision makers and civil society. The new activities in Climate Forum East II will draw largely on these recommendations.
The new project will include a new focus on bringing practical examples of climate change adaptation to the local level. Local adaptation plans will be developed for three pilot communities in each project country, while funds will be available for local NGOs to develop small scale adaptation projects in each pilot community.
The WWF Caucasus provide technical support to the project at the regional level, and Ilia Osepashvili presented their work in climate change and outlined areas where the Climate Forum East II may be able to draw on their expertise in the field of climate change and biodiversity. Medeia Inashvili of the regional EU project Clima East, also presented potential areas of cooperation between Clima East and Climate Forum East II.
Climate Forum East II runs from January 2015 to June 2017, and is funded by the European Union, the Austrian Development Agency, and the Austrian Red Cross. Other project partners include the Armenian Red Cross, the Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society, the Belarus Red Cross Society, EcoContact, the Georgia Red Cross Society, and the National Ecological Centre of Ukraine (NECU). Technical support is provided by the WWF Caucasus and the IFRC.