Global Center of Excellence on Climate Adaptation Seeks Residence in the Netherlands

Addressing growing need for support among countries, institutions and businesses for dealing with climate change adaptation issues

The Netherlands, Japan and UN Environment will lead the establishment of a Global Center of Excellence on Climate Adaptation in the Netherlands.

The Netherlands, Japan and UN Environment will lead the establishment of a Global Center of Excellence on Climate Adaptation in the Netherlands. On 6 February 2017, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment signed a Statement of Intent together with global partners of the new project. The Center will address the growing need for support among countries, institutions and businesses for dealing with climate change adaptation issues, such as natural disasters and economic disruptions.

The Dutch Minister for the Environment, Sharon Dijksma says: “Many around the world are hit hard by global warming. The ground-breaking Paris Climate Change Agreement puts climate change adaptation on par with mitigation. Failure of dealing adequately with climate change will increase a multitude of risks such as natural disasters, social and economic disruptions and increasing political tensions. Many people are looking for good practices and guidance with regard to climate change adaptation.  I am convinced the Global Center of Excellence on Climate Adaptation can help addressing these challenges.”

Climate adaption put into practice

The historic Paris Climate agreement has made climate change adaptation a top global priority. The Global Center of Excellence on Climate Adaptation, an initiative of The Netherlands, Japan and UN Environment will contribute to building a climate resilient world.

The Center will support those that struggle to put climate adaptation effectively into practice, in all parts of the world. It will collect lessons from recently executed policies, programs and projects and use those to develop guidance to accelerate climate adaptation. The resulting pool of global knowledge and know-how to understand what works and what doesn’t will be used to support countries, communities and companies to successfully integrate climate adaptation into their investment decisions. In that way, every new road, every construction, every crop field becomes an opportunity to become more resilient.

Source: government.nl

 

6 February 2017

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