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    UNIS/MA/76
    7 October 2014

     MEDIA ADVISORY

    Adapting to climate change: Alpine countries are taking action

    VIENNA, 7 October (UN Information Service) - Media are invited to attend a press conference about what European countries and the Alpine states are specifically doing to adapt to climate change.

    When: Tuesday, 14 October at 9 a.m.

    Where: Café Landtmann, Universitätsring 4, 1010 Wien

    What:

    -       Presentation of the report "National adaptation policy processes in European countries - 2014" by the European Environment Agency (EEA)

    -       Presentation of the results and recommendations of the C3-Alps project

    -       Presentation of examples of measures being taken to address climate change in Alpine regions and municipalities

    Who:   

    Moderated by Harald Egerer, Head of the UNEP Regional Office for Europe - Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention

    Speakers include:

    -       Georg Rebernig, Managing Director of the Austrian Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt), Lead Partner of the C3-Alps project

    -       Karine Siegwart, Vice Director of the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)

    -       Monika Kratzer, Head of the Department for Climate Protection, Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection

    -       Paolo Angelini, President of the Permanent Committee of the Alpine Convention, Italian Ministry of the Environment, Land and Sea

    -       Stéphane Isoard, Project Manager for climate change adaptation and economics at the European Environment Agency (EEA)

    Media representatives who wish to attend the press conference or the side events should register no later than Monday, 13 October 2014, 12:00 noon by writing to: ingeborg.zechmann@umweltbundesamt.at

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    The first Austrian Assessment Report on Climate Change 2014 highlighted the enormous challenges Austria is facing because of accelerating climate change. Over the past 150 years, temperature in the Alpine Space has increased by 2 degrees Celsius - more than twice as much as the global average.

    Alpine countries are now developing best practice examples on adapting to climate change. Under the lead of the Environment Agency Austria (Umweltbundesamt), the transnational project Capitalising Climate Change Knowledge for Adaptation in the Alps ( C3-Alps) prepared, transferred and applied available adaptation knowledge, practical experiences and measures focusing on regional decision-making.

    Beyond the Alpine region, the European Environment Agency (EEA) investigated and analyzed adaptation policy processes in all European countries for the first time. The current status is summarized in a comprehensive report to be presented at the briefing.

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    For more information please contact:

    Mathilde Köck
    UNEP Vienna ISCC
    Telephone: (+43-1) 26060 4454
    Email: mathilde.koeck[at]unvienna.org