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Seminar of governmental experts Bonn, 16-17 May 2005 ADAPTATION AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT Presentation on behalf of the EU. Outi Berghäll, Finland. Addressing climate change is an integral part of sustainable development. Examples - CSD 13 thematic areas: Water scarcity <= climate change

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Seminar of governmental expertsBonn, 16-17 May 2005ADAPTATION AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENTPresentation on behalf of the EU

Outi Berghäll, Finland

addressing climate change is an integral part of sustainable development
Addressing climate change is an integral part of sustainable development
  • Examples - CSD 13 thematic areas:
    • Water scarcity <= climate change
    • Low-cost sanitation options <= risk of floods <= climate change
    • Risks for people living in areas prone to flooding, landslides and other disasters <= climate change
urgency in addressing the problem
Urgency in addressing the problem
  • "In order to prevent severe damage to the environment and society, and to ensure sustainable development even under changing climate conditions, adaptation strategies are required.“ (Europe's climate assessment )
  • Intelligent development policies include planned adaptation.
  • The feasibility of adaptation strategies depends on the level of mitigation.
  • Integration of climate change aspects into SD policies and into decision-making
    • enables to address the problem cost effectively and at the scale required.
    • helps to ensure that duplication of efforts and waste of scarce resources is avoided
  • ”Devise water, sanitation and human settlements policies and action taking account of the need to address the impacts of…climate change and climate variability…” (CSD13)
need to increase awareness and knowledge of cc impacts
Need to increase awareness and knowledge of CC impacts
  • Need to involve decision-makers and stakeholders in all sectors and at all levels:
  • Need to increase awareness and knowledge of climate change and its impacts;
  • Need to develop and disseminate knowledge of promising approaches to address the impacts.
international support for developing countries
International support for developing countries
  • Impacts of climate change fall disproportionably upon developing countries and upon the poor.
    • Need to identify the most cost-effective way for the international community to act;
    • Need to integrate climate aspects into ODA and funding policies and create synergies when supporting sustainable development
    • The EU will continue to help developing countries to build their capacities to adapt and take adaptation measures.
questions for discussion
Questions for discussion
  • How can the knowledge base be enhanced: vulnerabilities, impacts and cost-effective adaptation options? What is required to enhance adaptive capacity?
  • How can awareness of the adaptation challenge be enhanced at all levels and in all sectors? How can practitioners be educated about the "how to"?
  • How can cross-sectoral communication be developed at all levels?