• "Climate Change Adaptation in South East Europe"

          Oct '12
          Hosted by the Croatian Red Cross, the regional conference of the SEE Forum on CCA took place in Zagreb, from 10 to 11 October 2012. Over 80 representatives from civil society organisations, Red Cross National Societies, hydro-meteorological and research institutes, companies and governments from Croatia, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, as well as experts from UNDP, the Environment Agency Austria and from international organisations participated in this regional conference.

          Day 1

          On the first day keynote speakers gave an overview of climate change challenges in the SEE region and globally, highlighting the importance of mainstreaming climate change adaptation on all levels in order to enable sustainable and resilient growth. Presentations on economic costs and social aspects of climate change contributed to further understanding the complexity of climate change related consequences and the necessity of further investing in policy work, education and awareness-raising. In the afternoon sessions, participants had the possibility to get an overview of the project outcomes, in particular the results achieved by each national network on CCA and the regional work over the last two years.

          In the evening the question “The Climate has changed… Have you?”marked the last program point for this day: find out more later in this newsletter.







          Day 2

          The second day covered various presentations, providing a valuable input on climate change challenges related to different sectors, such as energy, water, biodiversity and human health. The Montenegrin NGO Green Home presented its activities in the field of environmental protection and energy efficiency, a UNDP representative from Macedonia gave details on the implementation on the EU Water Framework Directive and its implementation in Macedonia, whereas the WWF highlighted that ecosystems as life support  systems are considerably being put under pressure by climate change, which is further increasing the ecological crisis around the world. The Croatian example of the heat wave and cold wave response system, elaborated by the Croatian National Institute of Public Health, served as practical example of how countries can adapt to climate-related consequences and protect human life.

          A presentation on climate change and implications for EU candidate countries by the Montenegrin Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism highlighted the sometimes difficult, but essential cooperation between CSOs and governments in environmental protection and climate change adaptation. In this context, the Bureau for Social Research explained the challenging situation of CSOs in Serbia, characterized by a lack of transparent and efficient civil participation and funding. However, examples of good practice in CSO participation in the development of laws and strategies show that steps towards improvement of CSO inclusion are being taken and that there is fruitful cooperation between CSOs and governmental institutions.

          The afternoon of the second day was used to discuss future scenarios of the regional SEE Forum on CCA and its activities. Along the recommendations elaborated at the previous conference in Sutomore (12-13 June 2012), conference participants discussed which regional activities shall be implemented by November 2012.

          Through intense discussions on the future of the SEE Forum on CCA, the conference contributed to further identification with the regional forum of network members from Croatia, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia and to the development of sustainable perspectives for future cooperation.


          SPECIAL FEATURE of the Conference were the national Climate Vulnerability Assessments written in all four member countries of the SEE Forum, analysing climate vulnerability and adaptation options in their specific circumstances. Read more in our main article about the CVAs.


          Click here to see the impressions of the participants:


          All presentations and materials are available below the news copy of this review here.


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