Launch of the EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change: Panel 3 - Mainstreaming adaptation - a combined effort
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 Janez Potočnik, Member of the EC in charge of Environment, Jerzy Bogdan Plewa, Director-General of the EC’s DG for Agriculture and Rural Development, Marco Onida, Secretary General of the Alpine Convention, and Matthew Arndt, Head of Environment, Climate and Social Policy at the EIB.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Statements by Jos Delbeke, Director-General of the EC’s DG for Climate Action and moderator, making an introductory speech and giving a brief introduction to the participants in this panel.
||Statements by Jerzy Bogdan Plewa, Director-General of the EC’s DG for Agriculture and Rural Development, (in ENGLISH) on the priorities, the barriers encountered and the next steps they are going to take
||Statements by Janez Potočnik, Member of the EC in charge of Environment, (in ENGLISH) that environmental policies, environmental protection and adaptation should go hand in hand, and that is why he and his colleagues at the EC are working on this matter; important ecosystems are already damaged as a result of climate change, and accordingly, policies aimed at protecting these ecosystems and the environment in general ought to be strengthened so that there are benefits, as well as on the front of the fight against climate change, therefore a path of synergy between the two issues should be exploited; giving examples (water, coastal and maritime areas, nature and biodiversity and the protection of soil and habitats).
||Statement by Marco Onida, Secretary General of the Alpine Convention, (in ENGLISH) on mainstreaming adaption in their work.
||Statement by Matthew Arndt, Head of Environment, Climate and Social Policy at the EIB, (in ENGLISH) on how the banking world is mainstreaming adaption in its work.