Organizer: Benjamin Sultan, Valeria Hernandez
Format: Online, Evening
Engaging stakeholders to protect vulnerable areas against climate change There is an increasing knowledge on climate and impact in multiple databases and scientific publications which could play an important role in informing decisions on climate risk reduction and adaptation. There are, however, major obstacles that limit access to use of this information in decision-making processes. Climate services were established to address this gap between science and practice and to respond to the needs of decision-makers for information on climate change and its impacts. If the concept of climate services is still young, most past and ongoing activities highlight the crucial need for an effective engagement between the providers and the users of climate services in order to address many issues. The aim of this session is to share demonstration projects and interdisciplinary activities that bridge gaps between providers and users, and climate researchers and demonstrate how existing and new climate information can improve decision making. These demonstration projects include the co-construction of climate services for agriculture in Argentina, the design of a Web-based platform of climate change and impact scenarios for agriculture in Senegal, the construction of a dialogue between researchers and policy makers in France to design local adaptation plans and the design of climate services for fishery in New Caledonia. A scientifc journalist / consultant will moderate the session, to facilitate the exchanges, with the speakers having been prepared to their intervention in the spirit of “TED”’s presentations to ease public’s understanding of the topic.