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Climate change action in small countries and regions

In early April, experts from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) met in in Edinburgh. To coincide with this meeting, IPCC and ClimateXChange (Scotland’s centre of expertise connecting climate change research and policy) organised a panel discussion with some of those at the forefront of efforts to tackle climate change at a city, region and country level from across the world.

Climate Challenge Fund Development Officer, Caro Kemp was pleased to attend the event. Discussion at the event made it clear that action in small countries and regions is important in helping to tackle climate change. Inspiring examples included:

  • Action taking place at state level in the United States, such as the 23 states involved in the United States Climate Alliance. Leon Clarke, University of Maryland, United States.
  • The city-region of Kampala, Uganda investing in urban greening and cultivation, which has co-benefits of adaptation and improving air quality. Shuaib Lwasa, Makerere University, Uganda.
  • States in India making their own action plans and a focus on wind and solar supplying 30% of energy.  Minal Pathak, Ahmedabad University, Gujarat, India.
  • North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany moving from a history of coal mining to 2017 European Green Capital. Manfred Fischedik, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
  • The 2050 Climate Group, Scotland working with Malawi climate leadersCatriona Patterson, Chair of Climate 2050 Group.
  • The Scottish Government talking about the importance of sharing experience and building capacity, with an example of co-operation with the Danish government to learn about district heating. Katherine White, Scottish Government.

Find out more about the IPCC here and ClimateXChange here.

16 April 2019

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