LIFE-IP AdaptInGR workshop about Boosting Climate Change Adaptation in the Biodiversity Sector in Greece
An online workshop about "Boosting Climate Change Adaptation in the Biodiversity Sector” was held successfully on Thursday 16 September 2021.
An online workshop about "Boosting Climate Change Adaptation in the Biodiversity Sector” was held successfully on Thursday 16 September 2021. The workshop was organised by the Directorate of Climate Change & Air Quality, in collaboration with the Directorate of Natural Environment Management and Biodiversity of the Ministry of Environment and Energy, in the context of the LIFE-IP AdaptInGR project.
Primary aim of the workshop was to assess the status quo with regard to the way and the degree to which the Biodiversity sector has been adapted to the impacts of climate change in Greece and to identify key actions that are needed in order to boost the relevant processes.
The workshop started with a presentation of the national climate change adaptation policy framework in Greece and a description of the analysis of the current situation about climate change adaptation in the Biodiversity sector, that was carried out by the LIFE-IP AdaptInGR project. The results of the analysis were initially commented by five participants, opening the floor for a very interesting and active discussion about the next steps that are needed to be designed and implemented in order to strengthen the adaptation of the Biodiversity sector to the impacts of climate change. The discussion focused in particular on five thematic areas: (i) the legal and regulatory framework, (ii) the strategic and operational planning, (iii) the current knowledge gaps and the studies that are needed in order to identify concrete adaptation measures for the Biodiversity sector, (iv) the cross-sectoral cooperation and (v) the actions needed to build capacity of key stakeholders and professional groups.
The workshop participants, who included representatives from the Directorate of Natural Environment Management and Biodiversity and the Directorate of Forest Management (both from the Ministry of Environment and Energy), the National "Natura 2000" Committee, the Natural Environment and Climate Change Agency, the Greek Green Fund, the Department of Environment of the Region of Crete, WWF Hellas, the Hellenic Ornithological Society, the Greek Biotope / Wetland Centre (EKBY) and the LIFE-IP 4 NATURA project, contributed significantly with their comments, ideas and expertise to the identification of the next steps towards the enhancement of climate change adaptation in the Biodiversity sector in Greece.