Climate Change Symposium to present conclusions of regional research programme

ABU DHABI — Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative, AGEDI, in partnership with the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, MOCCAE, and the Environment Agency, Abu Dhabi, EAD), will host a climate change symposium from 13th -15th March, 2017.

The event will be held at the auditorium of EAD’s headquarters in Al Mamoura Building A.

The main purpose of the three-day symposium is to present the ground-breaking conclusions drawn from the 12 studies that are encompassed in the Local, National, Regional Climate Change Programme (LNRCCP).

The programme was launched in 2013 with the aim of establishing a climate change work programme that could build upon, expand and deepen the understanding of vulnerability to the impact of climate change, as well as identify practical adaptive responses at the Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Arabian Peninsula level.

This four-year-long research programme, which ended in December 2016, was designed to be stakeholder-driven, incorporating the perspectives of over 100 local, national, and regional stakeholders in shaping the research projects across five strategic themes.

“Climate change is arguably the most daunting threat our planet is facing, and it has remained at the top of global agendas for years. While much research has been done on its impact, these studies are the first ever to examine the impact on the Arabian Peninsula and the Arabian Gulf,” said Ahmed Baharoon, AGEDI’s Acting Director.

“The commitment to adapt to and mitigate climate change among the leaders of the Arabian Peninsula has never been stronger, and our intention is to match that commitment with easily accessible and highly relevant information. Scientific understanding is the bedrock of actions for mitigation and adaptation. All 12 studies in the programme contribute to facilitating our transition to a more environmentally-sustainable future.”

This body of work was driven by AGEDI’s vision to enhance accessibility to environmental data and information to support effective decision-making. AGEDI actively engaged stakeholders throughout the region around the 12 projects, which are subdivided into five thematic areas. The regional climate change thematic area includes the two studies that formed the backbone of the programme: Regional Atmospheric Modelling and the Arabian Gulf Modelling. Building on that, two studies were carried out under the environment thematic area: Terrestrial Biodiversity and Marine Biodiversity.

The water resources thematic area includes three studies: Regional Water-Energy Nexus, the UAE Water-Energy Nexus and the Al Ain Water Resources. The Coastal Vulnerability Index and Sea Level Rise studies were conducted under the coastal zones thematic area. Finally, the last thematic area, socio-economic systems, included three studies: Desalination, Food Security and Public Health Co-benefits of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) Mitigation.

Source: Emirates News Agency