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Confronting the climate change challenge:
European Research offers solutions for climate change prevention and adaptation

Brussels, 07 December 2009

The future of human civilisation is in the spotlight at the international climate change negotiations of COP15 in Copenhagen. While politicians from all over the world are still looking for solutions, researchers have already started working. The European Union has supported the brightest brains working together in international teams addressing the topic.

Since 2004, the European Union has funded over 130 climate-related and climate-focused projects to the tune of more than €540 million. In the 7th Framework Programme nearly €1.9 billion is earmarked for research on the environment for the period from 2007 to 2013 alone. Each year, on average about €886 million is devoted exclusively to low carbon energy research including the international fusion project ITER. Other research areas such as transport and agricultural research are also involved.

At COP15, the Directorate-General for Research of the European Commission is organising a series of side events in the European Pavilion at the Bella Center (Center Boulevard 5, Copenhagen)  to explain the major challenges and successes of European funded international research. The presentations will be held by known scientists.

A leaflet on Research on Climate Change is available for download (1.3 MB):

The full programme for the EU Pavilion with close to 100 side events is available online at

For COP15, a special issue of the European research magazine research*eu has been produced. You can download the French version at


Research side events:

10 December 2009, 13:00-15:00

Deforestation, Forest Conservation and the Climate Change Challenge (PDF 157 kB)
An event exploring the social, economic and environmental drivers of deforestation, their interdependence and consequences in South-East Asia, Africa and Latin America.

12 December 2009, 10:30-12:30

Earth Observation in support of Climate Change
Monitoring within the GEO International Initiative (PDF 214 kB)
Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) will link existing and planned observing systems around the world and support the development of new systems where gaps exist. Through the system, the EC contributes to the European effort to monitor climate change. Additional information at

14 December 2009, 15:30-17:30

European Research - Contributing to Global Knowledge on Climate Change
Working with Partners from Developing Countries (PDF 157 kB)
European research is building knowledge on climate change by working with international partners from developing countries. This event focuses on the Nairobi Work Programme and National Adaptation Programmes of Actions.

15 December 2009, 15:30-17:30

EU combats climate change with research on low carbon technologies (PDF 207 kB)
Initiatives and projects dealing with the development of low carbon technologies and the future fusion energy project ITER. Each technology will be analysed including costs and contribution.

16 December 2009, 18:00-20:00

The Economics of Climate Change Research (PDF 187 kB)
Research into the economics of climate change will be key to the climate policy process. How can economics help design an optimal mix of adaptation and mitigation policies?

18 December 2009, 13:00-15:00

Joining Forces – Involving Civil Society to combat Climate Change (PDF 206 kB)
The involvement of civil society organisations in scientific activities improves the societal relevance of the research, and helps to engage citizens in the fight against climate change. This event will show how EU research policy actively supports civil society research.

18 December 2009, 13:00-15:00

Agricultural Research and Climate Change – Towards a Global Research Alliance (PDF 200 kB)
The event shows the international dimension of an initiative from several EU Member States on agriculture and climate change. To be discussed in the context of a proposal by New Zealand in relation to the CGIAR Challenge Program on Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security.

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