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Ecologic Institute Side Event in Copenhagen on Regional Adaptation for Coastal Areas

Ecologic Institute Side Event in Copenhagen on Regional Adaptation for Coastal Areas

15 December 2009

The Ecologic Institute hosted an international dialogue on regional adaptation actions for coastal areas as a complementary event to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. Examples of practical applications of research results within the project RADOST (Regional Adaptation Strategies for the German Baltic Sea Coast), a project is coordinated by the Ecologic Institute, was the starting point of the discussions.

The plenum comprised a multitude of geographic regions spanning Europe, West Africa, South Asia and North America uniting representatives from governmental and non-governmental organizations. The discussion centered on local implementation and good practices in coastal areas and the prerequisites for international exchange and dissemination. Much attention was given to the operationalisation of regional adaptation and resilience concepts, to regional adaptive governance processes and strategies and to the role of adaptive learning processes.

Initial presentations by Benno Hain (German Federal Environment Agency) and Annette Münzenberg (German Aerospace Center, Project Management Agency) focused on overarching strategic approaches to adaptation in Germany, namely the German Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change and the German Federal Ministry of Research and Education’s funding initiative KLIMZUG – Managing Climate Change in the Regions for the Future. Examples of envisaged practical applications in the KLIMZUG project RADOST – Regional Adaptation Strategies for the German Baltic Sea Coast were presented by Grit Martinez of Ecologic Institute.

Delegates representing the Bangladesh Government at the international climate change negotiations, Giasuddin Ahmed Choudhury and Emaduddin Ahmed, presented adaptation projects in Bangladesh, a country which is dramatically threatened by sea level rise and increased flooding risks, and underlined the importance of 'partnership at work' with projects such as RADOST. Rob Swart (Wageningen University / ALTERRA, the Netherlands) complemented the picture from an industrialised country’s experience.

The event entitled “Good practices of regional adaptation actions for coastal areas” took place on 15 December 2009 in the Hotel Copenhagen Towers near the Bella Center, in Room Lake Geneva, from 18:00 - 20:00.

Programme [pdf, 124 KB]


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15 December 2009
Copenhagen, Denmark
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