Adaptation to Climate Change, Sustainable Livelihoods and Biological Diversity Report of the International Workshop organized by Intercooperation, CATIE and CIFOR Costa Rica March 16 - 18, 2004 Jean-Laurent Pfund Intercooperation www.intercooperation.ch Overall Goal of the Turrialba Workshop • To promote the implementation of adaptation strategies to climate change through a transdisciplinary approach that includes policy making, science and field expertise in natural resource management Objectives 1. to exchange experiences and results regarding the adaptation strategy to climate change between science, community based experiences and policy developments 2. to generate an shared agenda of research, communication and coordination between research and development institutions on adaptation to climate change 3. to establish adequate mechanisms for informing policy makers and follow-up implementation of the agenda Structure 1. Exchange on previous experiences Plenary 2. Working Groups on 4 thematic areas 3. Publication produced by participants identifying opportunities and challenges for policy makers and project developers (ongoing) Working Groups • Local climate change scenarios • Climate change and livelihoods • Linkages between mitigation and adaptation • Linkages between climate change and biodiversity Participants • More than 40 experts coming from: – Africa, Asia, Europa, Latin America, North America – Science & research, governments, multilateral & bilateral institutions and NGOs – UNFCCC, UNCBD and UNCCD Follow up Launching of the book “Adaptation to Climate Change, Sustainable Livelihoods and Biological Diversity” by Cifor, Catie and Intercooperation with the support of the Swiss agency for development and cooperation during the UNFCCC COP 10 in Buenos Aires - Argentina in Dec. 2004 General comments: issues of synergy development – Communication: “translation” of the messages (biodiversity is an example of hard “translatable” word) to the target audience or development of a common language? (Science & Policy, Policy & Implementation) – Transdisciplinarity: may work if there is a consensus about the objectives and if competition is regulated between sectors, firms or individuals – Implementation: empowerment of local communities implies support to adaptive planning (classical ODA) while adaptation to CC may require targeted projects based on risk scenarios Thank you for your attention!