Thursday, March 19, 2009

Micronesia Challenge Climate Change Workshop

The Micronesia Challenge will be having a Climate Change Workshop in Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands, from 14-17 April 2009 in response to a request from the Republic of the Marshall Islands at the 10th Micronesia Chief Executive Summit held in Pohnpei in May 2008. It is a continuation of the Micronesia Challenge Action Planning Meeting, which was held in Palau in 2006. In June 2008, the Micronesia Challenge technical working group had a measures workshop to determine measures and indicators of effective conservation for the Challenge. During that workshop the technical working group realized that the Challenge needed to start addressing the issue of Climate Change and adaptation.

During the UNFCCC COP14 in Poznan, Poland and at various events and meetings with donor countries, the governments of the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands, declared that the Micronesia Challenge will be the framework by which the region addresses and responds to the adverse impacts of climate change, and similarly should be a model for climate change adaptation.

The purpose of the workshop is as follows:
  1. Understand climate impacts, and possible risk reduction actions,
  2. and collaborate on proactive climate adaptation work within the Micronesia Challenge jurisdictions

Objectives:

  1. To present summaries of climate data
  2. To identify climate risks and vulnerabilities
  3. To identify and prioritize key national climate adaptation needs and issues
  4. To outline local/national adaptation options and projects,
  5. To formulate regional goals and secure regional collaboration in addressing climate impacts

Outputs/Outcomes

  1. Increased understanding of the multi-sectoral risks and vulnerabilities
  2. Synthesize draft climate change adaptation strategies and policies
  3. Sustain commitment and networking among informed participants
  4. Create a solid basis for follow-up and future adaptation activities

For more information please contact the Micronesia Challenge Coordinating Office, micronesichallenge@gmail.com

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