Over the last decades, climate change has emerged as a serious threat, faced in many parts of the world. Changes in temperatures and precipitation patterns, the increase of extreme weather events and rising sea levels are creating serious risks to human health, ecosystems, biodiversity, water resources, and food and energy security. Tackling these severe impacts calls for immediate action at all levels of governance and across sectors. Mitigation efforts are critical in this regard to limit climate change and its effects. However, these efforts can only minimise future climate change, but not prevent it.
The Paris Agreement marked a historic step in climate action, not only with regard to pursue efforts to limit global warming, but also through strengthening the ability of countries to adapt to climate change and build resilience. It further recognises the importance of a multi-level and multi-stakeholder approach to realise stronger and more ambitious climate actions. In this regard, it is widely acknowledged that regional and local governments are key players on the ground.
Regional governments often have specific responsibilities in the field of climate action, like land-use and territorial planning, disaster risk reduction, mobility and energy. By partnering with a variety of stakeholders such as businesses and civil society, regional and local governments are leading innovation and investing in concrete solutions for effective adaptation strategies. Thanks to leading coalitions and climate initiatives including nrg4SD’s RegionsAdapt initiative, they can foster concrete actions and exchange best practices to scale up the ambition in climate adaptation.
The event jointly organised by CDP and the Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development – nrg4SD – aims to discuss the role of multi-level governance in driving climate adaptation and how climate data is vital to achieve effective adaptation. It will illustrate solutions and challenges to climate change adaptation in regions and cities and present successful efforts in multi-level governance. The workshop will further discuss experiences with international networks and cooperation to foster climate adaptation and increase ambition and the importance of disclosure in this regard.
- Ms Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Canada
- Ms María Magdalena Ruiz Mejía, Secretary of Environment and Territorial Development, Jalisco, Mexico
- Mr Mamadou Moustapha Mbaye, President Departmental Council of Saint Louis, Senegal (tbc)
- Mr Adama Diallo, President Departmental Council of Gossas, Senegal (tbc)
- Mr Aouele Aka, Departmental Council of President Sud Comoé, Ivory Coast (tbc)
- Mr Eric O. Akidele, Economist, Specialist in Projects and Local Development, Community of Communes of Plateau, Benin (tbc)
- Mr Lionel Johnson, Mayor of St. Gabriel, LA, U.S.
- Ms Elina Rantanen, City Council Chair, Turku, Finland
Mr Bob Orr, Senior Advisor to the UN Secretary-General (tbc)
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