About the SEE Forum on Climate Change Adaptation
The idea of the IPA project “SEE Forum on Climate Change Adaptation” has been jointly developed by the Austrian, Croatian, Macedonian and Montenegro Red Cross with the initial main purpose to raise awareness about the humanitarian consequences of climate change in the SEE region. Having considered the global and cross-sectoral impacts of climate change, the concept of a multi-sectoral approach to tackle the issue of climate change has grown and the need for incorporating the social, economic and environmental perspective on climate change has been realized. In cooperation with the Serbian project partner, “Environment Improvement Centre”, the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre in the Hague, the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) and the Institute for Economic Promotion of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, this project shall contribute to an increased participation of Civil Society Organisations (CSO) in national and regional co-operation on climate change adaptation.
In order to achieve the above mentioned objectives, the following project activities are to be implemented:
1. Formation and Mobilization of national networks on Climate Change Adaptation
In Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, Red Cross National Societies and CSOs, active in humanitarian, social, economic and environmental areas, will form national networks on climate change adaption. By linking CSOs with Red Cross Societies within sustainable networks, existing know-how and expertise can be used for joint action.
2. Climate risk analysis
With support of the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre and the WWF, established networks will carry out climate risk analysis in their countries, aimed at identifying major challenges and elaborating proposals for political solutions. These analyses will build upon existing national and regional initiatives in the public and non-governmental sector.
3. Trainings in Communication
In order networks are in the position to enter into a sustainable dialogue with their governments, network members shall be trained in communication skills. Afterwards, the results of climate risk analyses shall be transparently and targeted communicated to decision-makers in concerted actions.
4. Regional Forum on Climate Change Adaption
Through the project, the “South East European Forum on Climate Change Adaptation”, consisting of members of four national CSO networks, international, regional and national stakeholders, shall be initiated. The overall objective of this forum is to enable a broad range of stakeholders, incl. civil society actors and the Red Cross to discuss climate change adaption and disaster risk reduction/preparedness issues. The forum shall further sustain linkages between national, regional and international advocacy and awareness raising initiatives.
- National CSO Networks on Climate Change Adaptation in Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia are established and mobilized.
- The capacity of four national CSO networks in climate risk analysis is strengthened.
- The capacity of four national CSO networks to develop and implement advocacy strategies is strengthened.
- he “SEE Forum on Climate Change Adaptation” is established and sustains linkages between national, regional and international advocacy initiatives.
2011 - 2012
The project is co-funded by the European Union and involved project partners
In May 2009, the Montenegro Red Cross in cooperation with the Austrian Red Cross organized the “South East Europe Climate Change Workshop: Raising Awareness and Building Partnership” in Sutomore, Montenegro. Representatives of Red Cross Societies from South East Europe, the Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Initiative for SEE (DPPI), UNDP and relevant Ministries of Montenegro participated in this event. It was concluded that there is a threefold need for (1) more partnerships on climate change adaptation within the SEE region, (2) increased awareness raising of climate change and its humanitarian consequences and (3) training in climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.