The regional approach on climate adaptation (Launching of the RegionsAdapt Report 2018)

Event Type
In Person

COP24 Action Hub – Session proposal: The regional approach on climate adaptationRegionsAdapt Report 2018 Background In December 2015 world leaders have committed to ensure that global warming stays well below 2°C, the threshold to prevent dangerous climate change. This commitment, the Paris Agreement, requires each Party to “prepare, communicate and maintain successive nationally determined contributions (NDCs) that it intends to achieve.” The mitigation efforts undertaken so far and planned for as described in these NDCs are by no means sufficient. On the contrary, even if all mitigation components of the NDCs were to be implemented, global warming would only be limited to below 3°C to 3.5°C above pre-industrial levels 1 Hence, the international community struggles to avoid the risk of climate change impacts, with some parts of the world already feeling the consequences. And if that was not enough, the recently published IPCC Special Report “Global Warming of 1.5°C” reveals an alarming truth about climate change: Global warming has almost reached 1°C compared to the average temperature in the pre-industrial era and is currently increasing by 0.2°C per decade due to past and ongoing emissions 2 . The Paris Agreement acknowledges this need with its global goal on adaptation (Art. 7), placing unprecedented importance to the issue of adaptation. However, whereas the Paris Agreement was adopted by national governments, the local nature of climate change impacts requires adaptation to be implemented involving the subnational level. Therefore and in order to mitigate risks and reduce vulnerability, adaptation strategies and actions are being implemented at subnational levels and this can be shown through the RegionsAdapt initiative. The RegionsAdapt members that reported to the CDP’s states and regions reporting platform both this year and the last two years are already experiencing the impacts of global warming, which is also confirmed by the IPCC report. The impacts of climate change pose extensive risks to human lives, infrastructure, socio-economic stability, as well as threats to ecosystems and natural resources, among others. This year’s report points out these risks are likely to intensify in the future, especially taking into consideration that current National Determined Contributions (NDCs) do not contain sufficient actions to limit global warming towell below 2°C. In order to develop and implement effective adaptation strategies, all levels of government need to be involved in the process. As the data disclosed by regional governments this year shows, more than half of those regions are already involved in the adaptation planning of their national governments and almost all of the disclosing regional governments work closely with their local counterparts. Due to their key position between the national and local level, regional governments promote the coordination and vertical integration of policies, which is key to coherent and efficient actions that bring lasting results. Regional governments are close to where adaptation actions are required and can incorporate the needs of their societies in adequate adaptation strategies at the regional level and, where possible, even at the country level. However, regional governments cannot respond to the increasing need for climate change adaptation by themselves: New and innovative partnerships connecting governments worldwide among each other, as well as with different stakeholders are strongly required.  The RegionsAdapt initiative is aiming at such partnerships. It is a global framework to inspire and support regional governments to take concrete action, collaborate and report efforts on climate change adaptation. Within the initiative regional governments cooperate and share best practices within their different capacities and experiences on climate adaptation. Further, the initiative involves external experts and organisations to collaborate with regional governments on their climate adaptation strategies and their implementation into actions. Until now, more than 70 regions have joined the initiative and thus committed to collectively work towards effective climate adaptation within their territories. The nrg4SD in its function of the RegionsAdapt Secretariat is supporting regional governments in their efforts and constitutes an important platform for building partnerships between regionalgovernments, as well as between them and other partners. In this session, the RegionsAdapt initiative project manager presents the RegionsAdapt Report 2018 indicating the most common physical and socio-economic risks disclosed by the regions worldwide and highlights innovative actions that have been successfullyimplemented in the territories. Afterwards, the Assistant deputy minister of the Fight against Climate Change from Quebec will provide the testimony of Quebec in this particular initiative and the importance of the regions involvement inspiring ambitious action in climate change adaptation. Proposal: Talk show Setting: Opening remarks – brief explanation of the RegionsAdapt initiative. Invitation to the representatives of Quebec and CONGOPE. Review of the main findings and results of the RegionsAdapt 2018 Report (few slidesfrom the RegionsAdapt project manager). Invitation to comment (talk show style) to the representative of Québec and therepresentative of CONGOPE. Particular experiences from Quebec and CONGOPE in the RegionsAdapt initiative. 2 speakers (Government of Quebec – CONGOPE) 1 presenter (RegionsAdapt PM)