Symposium: The Road from Paris: Implementing Climate Change Management and Strategies in Cities and Municipalities in the Baltic Sea Region

Monday, June 6, 2016 (All day) to Wednesday, June 8, 2016 (All day)
Conference

The Symposium “The Road from Paris: Implementing Climate Change Management and Strategies in Cities and Municipalities in the Baltic Sea Region” is being organized by Uppsala University, Sweden and HAW Hamburg, Germany in the Baltic University Programme (BUP), together with Union of Baltic Cities (UBC), and Uppsala municipality under the auspices of the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP). Cooperation partners include the Council of European Regions and Council of Baltic Sea States (CBSS).

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The new climate agreement reached by 195 governments at the 21st Conference of the Parties of the UN Convention on Climate Change (COP 21) in Paris on 12th December 2015 is a turning point in respect ofglobal efforts to tackle climate change. Many countries in the Baltic Sea Region have been actively involved and providing inputs in the negotiations. The time has now come to work towards the implementation.There are relatively few events where a cross-sectoral overview of efforts and projects on climate change mitigation and adaptation specifically focusing on the cities and municipalities in Baltic Sea region can be showcased. In particular, there is a paucity of events where stakeholders from across sectors, i.e. academia, national and local governments, industry and NGOs can have the opportunity to come together to discuss strategies and approaches to implement climate change mitigation and adaptation in cities and regions across the Baltic. The developments seen at COP 21 means that this gap needs to be bridged.It is against this background that the Symposium “The Road from Paris: Implementing Climate Change Management and Strategies in Cities and Municipalities in the Baltic Sea Region” is being organized by Uppsala University, Sweden and HAW Hamburg, Germany in the Baltic University Programme (BUP), together with Union of Baltic Cities (UBC, and Uppsala municipality under the auspices of the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP). Cooperation partners include the Council of European Regions and Council of Baltic Sea States (CBSS).The Symposium is a timely event, held six months after COP21, and will involve stakeholders in the field of climate change in the widest sense, not only from local and national governments, but also from academia, NGOs and enterprises from across the Baltic. The Symposium will focus on the contributions of cities and municipalities in addressing the mitigation and adaptation challenges they face, and will contribute to the further development of this fast-growing field. The aims of the Symposium are as follows:i. to provide representatives from local and national governments, as well as academia, NGOs and enterprises from across the Baltic Sea Region with an opportunity to debate the influence of climate change to cities and municipalities, and introduce on-going and planned projects and strategies aimed at addressing it;ii. to foster the exchange of information, ideas and experiences acquired in the execution of projects, especially successful initiatives and good practice;iii. to discuss methodological approaches and projects which aim to facilitate the implementation of climate change strategies at local level and;iv. to network the participants and provide a platform so they can explore possibilities for further cooperation.The key dates are:Deadline for submission of abstracts: 1st March 2016Deadline for submission of papers: 10th April 2016Deadline for full, revised papers: 30th April 2016Deadline for registrations: 30th April 2016 Accepted papers will be published in the book “The Road from Paris: Implementing Climate Change Strategies in Cities and Municipalities in the Baltic Sea Region”. This will be a unique, state-of-the-art publication, which will document and promote the climate change initiatives taking place across the Baltic Sea Region. The publication will be part of the award-winning “Climate Change Management Sustainability Series” (launched in 2008), published by Springer, one of the world´s top five scientific publishersSince the book will be launched soon after the Symposium, the deadlinesneed to be followed.Further details are available at:http://www.balticuniv.uu.se/index.php/organisers-the-road-from-paris

Location: 
Uppsala University 256
751 05 Uppsala
Sweden