The Academy with Environment Quality Authority EQA organized a National Seminar on Climate Change on January 26-28, 2015, by the ClimaSouth project in Ramallah under the Patronage of H. E. Chairperson of the Environmental Quality Authority, Eng. Adalah Al Attirah.
This event was aiming at raising the level of knowledge and awareness on the subject of climate change at the international and national level and targeting members of the National Committee on Climate Change, stakeholders and country partners.
Also this event was aiming at enabling the Palestinian Authority to improve the management of the climate changes issues by facilitating the dialogue among relevant stakeholders. Structured to raise awareness and train staff on climate actions with the view to make the best use of partner’s supports and successfully envisage medium and long-term strategies to address climate change impacts in the relevant sectors for the country (primarily water & agriculture).
The seminar offered a wide range of presentations covering both adaptation and mitigation issues to all the member of the Climate Change Committee of Palestine, starting with a key session on the science of climate change by Prof Imad Khatib, SG of PALAST and its regional impacts by Prof. J-P van Ypersele from UCL Georges Lemaître Centre for Earth and Climate Research, Louvain la Neuve and Vice President of the IPCC.
All participants expressed their interest on those topics and shown readiness in exchanging point of views to further achieve concrete progress, including raising the level of interest of Senior policy makers at Government level. The Head of the EQA concluded that ‘Measures to mitigate and adapt to climate change are essential to achieve economic development in Palestine”.
Speakers & Presentations:
- Annie Roncerel, Team Leader, ClimaSouth, Mitigation & Adaptation in the Southern Mediterranean Region
Module 1: climate change science and impacts
- Prof. Imad Khatib, Secretary General of PALAST , Introduction to climate science : global climate variability and change, findings of IPCC AR5,
- Prof. Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, UCL Georges Lemaitre Centre for Earth and Climate Research, Louvain la Neuve, Belgium; Vice President of the IPCC Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Climate Change Projections for 2050/2100 and their Potential Impacts in the Middle East
Module 2: International process
- Nedal Katbeh-Bader, Minister Advisor for Climate Change, National Focal Point EQA, Effective country participation in the process, benefits and implications of accessing to the UNFCCC & Overview and Background to the UNFCCCC Negotiation Process,
- DG Clima, presented by ClimaSouth, The legal implications and outcomes of the Climate change agreements and main elements of the new agreement 2015
Module 3: National Communication, capacity building and mainstreaming
- Rima Abu Middain Barghothi, UNDP, Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People, Enhancing the Capacities of the PA Institutionsin Mainstreaming Environment and Climate Change,
- Hanna Theodorie, Triple E & Climatekos/UNDP consultant National Communication Team, Mainstreaming means and opportunities for climate change in Palestine
Module 4: Low carbon development
- Dr Rafat Assi, Royal Scientific Society (Jordan), Climate Change Mitigation & Jordan’s Effort on Climate Change Mitigation,
- Sina Wartmann, Knowledge Leader International MRV Ricardo-AEA, Basic Principles of Inventory Preparation and Projections
Module 5: Adaptation/Resilience to climate change,
- UNFCCC Secretariat, NWP and LDC workprogrammes, Developments on adaptation under the UNFCCC,
- Ayman Rabi, Palestine Hydrology Group, Identifying Vulnerabilities and Climate Risks in Palestine & Identifying Vulnerabilities and Climate Risks; Case Study of Marj Sanour