Conference on Adaptation to Climate Change
Two days conference on Adaptation to Climate change, which was organized in the frames of the CFE program, took place in Tbilisi, Betsy’s Hotel, on May 17-18th. The purpose of the conference was to share knowledge and experiences on Climate Change Adaptation and its sustainability gained throughout the planning and implementation of small-scale adaptation projects at local level in Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine within the ‘Climate Forum East’ program.
The conference was attended by representatives EU and other donor organizations, local SCOs, government, experts from partner countries. On the first day after the welcoming speech, the facilitator gave the floor to Key note speaker, Ms. Maia Tskvaradze who spoke about the adaptation in creative and interesting manner touching topics like elaboration of National Adaptation Plan (NAP), funding opportunities for NAP, giving examples from Georgian and other countries.
During Adaptation Planning participants working in country groups share their experiences, challenges and achievements in adaptation planning during the CFE project implementation. Also, representatives of all five countries had an opportunity to discuss experiences and lessons learned from small scale adaptation projects during World Café session which went in very interactive and informative way.
During the second day of the conference participants had more chance to share information on their projects through well-designed Marketplace section showcasting achievements of the projects in more details.
Three parallel sessions were dedicated to the Sustainability Insights. The main topics for discussion were: cost benefit analysis to advocate for local adaptation, sustainability of local adaptation actions and multiplying and scaling up of local adaptation actions.
The closure speech of conference was given by the manager of the program Ms. Gerlinde Astleithner, who underlined the importance of each person involved in the project for overall success.