Launch of the EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change: Panel 1 - Impacts of climate change and adaptation action - State-of-Play
Type: Complete speech
Brussels - EC/Charlemagne
Adapting to climate change is crucial in order to reduce the risks and damage caused by the current and future impacts of climate change and exploit any possible benefits of it effectively. On 16 April 2013, the European Commission adopted a European Strategy on adaptation to climate change. This strategy was launched at a conference on 29 April 2013 bringing together political leaders and climate change adaption professionals. This one-day event was an occasion to present and discuss the new EU strategy, the framework it establishes, its main areas of intervention and the actions proposed. The main objective is to support the development of coherent adaptation policies within the EU at all levels and for all sectors. The participants in this debate include Kristalina Georgieva, Member of the EC in charge of International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency (EEA), and Dominique Ristori, Director-General of the Joint Research Centre (JCR).
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||Statements by Kristalina Georgieva, Member of the EC in charge of International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, (in ENGLISH) that she is very grateful for having been invited to this panel; her position allows her to be at the forefront and witness the impact of climate change; her work has enabled her to gain a certain amount of experience in what has been done and what still remains to be done; discussing climate change in Europe; the number of victims over the past ten years, the cost of these catastrophes; a certain number of risks that had not been identified are appearing, such as forest fires, which are, without a doubt, linked to climate change phenomena; talking about the global rise in temperatures and the measures put in place (positive aspects); she also mentions the negative aspects; a delay in meeting today’s needs; in her role in charge of humanitarian aid, she is aware of the dramatic impact of climate change on the poorest and the most vulnerable populations; they will never manage to bring an end to famine or ensure peace and stability in the world if they do not manage to bring the climate crisis under control.
||Statements by Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency (EEA), (in ENGLISH) on the consequences of climate change and the adaptation measures to be taken.
||Statements by Dominique Ristori, Director-General of the Joint Research Centre (JCR) (in ENGLISH) on the consequences of climate change and the adaptation measures to be taken.