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Three trophies for adapting to climate change

Written by Gérard Tur on Thursday, January 31st 2019 à 15:27 | Read 417 times

Local authorities and central government agencies, state universities and NGOs from the Mediterranean region have until 20th March to send in their entries for the 2nd edition of the Mediterranean Climate Change Adaptation Awards. Version française

Candidates for the 2nd edition of the Mediterranean Climate Change Adaptation Awards have until 20th March to send in their entries. The competition, organized by the French Agence de l’Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l’Énergie (ADEME), the Union for the Mediterranean, Plan Bleu, the Agency for Sustainable Mediterranean Cities and Territories (AVITEM), the MEDENER and the Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, is aimed at rewarding concrete actions   taken by public-sector stakeholders or NGOs to adapt to climate change.

The Mediterranean Basin is one of the areas of the planet most at risk from the increase in global temperatures, which causes a decrease in average rainfall coupled with an increase in the frequency of storms and, therefore, flooding. Episodes of extreme heat are becoming more common, causing extensive damage through fires and increasing death rates among the most vulnerable. They also lead to a huge increase in power consumption due to the use of air conditioners, thus aggravating CO2 emissions. The third menace brought by climate change, an increase in the sea level, is threatening a region that is highly urbanized, with almost all the major cities on the Mediterranean coast.

Hence the need to promote putting in place actions designed to adapt to climate change. This is because even though measures to limit climate change remain essential, they will no longer suffice. The populations and economies of the Mediterranean need to prepare for a blow which today seems inevitable.

The Mediterranean Climate Change Adaptation Awards reward actions taken to improve disaster risk management, adapt technologies and infrastructure to the new conditions and enhance the resilience and sustainability of ecosystems. These actions can also include new forms of government and new types of planning tools, incentives and financing.

The nominees will be auditioned in April prior to the awards ceremony towards the middle of 2019, either at the ECCA in Lisbon in May or the Summit of the Two Shores in Marseille in June. The three winners will be receive support for their projects, including introductions to financiers, technical partnerships, study trips, invitations to international events and communication support.

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