OrientGate at COP19

Nov 21, 2013
During the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP19), held in Warsaw from November 11 to 22, 2013, the OrientGate project was presented at the side event “Integrating Climate Knowledge into Planning: OrientGate and Other Case Studies in South Eastern Europe”.

The side event brought together scientists, policy advisors and policy makers to share their experience of integrating their expertise and knowledge in addressing climate change issues. Case studies, project activities and concrete strategies were analysed at EU, national and regional level.

The event was moderated by Marta Szigeti Bonifert of the Regional Environmental Center (REC), and the welcome and introduction were delivered by Antonio Navarra of the Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change (CMCC), project lead partner, and Fabrizio Piccarolo of the Lombardy Foundation for the Environment (FLA). The roundtable speakers were Corrado Clini of the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea; Ariel Milosevic of the Republic Hydrometeorological Service of Serbia; Zsuzsa Ivanyi of the REC; Bettina Menne of the WHO European Centre for Environment and Health; Antonio Ballarin Denti of the FLA; Livia Stokenberga of Milieu Ltd.; and Neil Swannick of the Committee of the Regions.

The 90-minute event took place on Thursday, November 21, and the roundtable presentations were followed by a moderated question and answer session. 

Side events are a popular platform for observer organisations to highlight diverse climate change issues at UNFCCC conferences. They are a vital component of the sessions, as they provide opportunities for information dissemination, capacity building and policy discussions. 

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