How can we increase forest and social resilience to major disturbances, such as large scale fires, which are exacerbated by climate change in the Mediterranean region? This will be the topic of conversation at a workshop to be held in Athens from the 14-17 April, 2008.
The workshop will be the first joint action led by IUCN and WWF to develop a strategy for Mediterranean Forest Adaptation to climate change.
The workshop will identify climate change adaptation strategies and options to stop, recover from and even reverse, the catastrophic environmental, social and economic impacts related to more intense and frequent weather related events, such as heat waves, large scale forest fires and intense drought and forest die back periods. Climate change predictions for the region will be discussed and climate change adaptation tools that have proved to be successful in other areas will also be introduced. During the workshop, delegates will be invited to visit the area in devastated by the 2007 fire.
As a follow up to the workshop, a joint IUCN/WWF programme of work, and strategy on Mediterranean forest adaptation to climate change, will be developed.
The IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation, WWF Mediterranean Programme and WWF Greece are organizing the workshop. Other partner organizations that will take part in the workshop include: FAO, UNDP, Blue Plan, researchers from Greece, Spain, France, Switzerland, Portugal, Morocco, Turkey together with NGOs and governmental representatives from Greece, Lebanon, Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria.
For more information, please contact:
Senior Programme Manager, Ecosystem Management and Development
IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation