The Environmental Agency of the Republic of Slovenia is hosting the 4th Bridging the Gap Conference: Responding to Environmental Change – from Words to Deeds, which will take place in Slovenia in Portorož from 14 – 16 May, 2008.
The leading themes for the Bridging the Gap 2008 Conference are:
- Information gathering and sharing
- Energy and the environment
- Sustainable consumption and production
- Adaptation to climate change
- Biodiversity and ecosystem services
The JRC is actively involved in organising 2 out of the 5 parallel sessions of the event. The session "Adaptation to Climate Change" will primarily focus on the role of "big money" (investments in business and big EU funding schemes) and how this money can be used to adapt to Climate Change as well as on the role of the media (newspapers, radio and TV) - the means by which civil society are informed of the impacts of climate change and what society can really do about it. The session on "Energy and the Environment" will primarily focus on the two very recent policy initiatives of the EU – The Renewable Energies Package and the 'Strategic Energy Technology Plan'.
It has been 10 years since the first conference was organized. The activity emerged from out of an enthusiastic engagement of people who recognized the importance of joining forces (policy makers, researchers, experts) and thinking innovatively to solve environmental problems. While the conferences have been strongly led by countries, they have been substantially supported by European institutions (the EEA, DG Research, DG Environment and the Joint Research Centre) and other organisations, such as the WHO. During 10 years “Bridging the Gap” has become a brand recognized and embraced by a wide network of people working in environmental research and all elements of the policy cycle.