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Climate Change Adapatation

The working group of Bremen and Durban experts exchanges the following issues of climate change adaptation:

Peer Review in the development of the DCCS (Durban Climate Change Strategy)

Bremen experts accompany the development process of the DCCS and exchange their experiences.
The main topics which play a role in the process in Durban are: barriers to climate change adaptation, review of monitoring and evaluation methods as well as public participation (consultation, participation and communication channels).

Exchange on the Durban Adaptation Charter (DAC)

During the climate summit COP17 in Durban in the year 2011, the DAC was drawn up and signed by many cities particularly from the Global South. By signing the DAC, 254 mayors from around the world pledge to strengthen climate change adaptation on a local level and lobby for urgent climate adaptation measures.

During a DAC workshop in mid-2013 in Durban, funded by the local governments for sustainability USAID and ICLEI, representatives of local governments from around the world came together to identify the necessities of municipalities for the implementation of adaptation objectives. Needs identified include the access to data, information and funding, the existence of a common advocacy, human resource capacity and leadership at local level, the existing of national support, integration with local agendas and plans and peer-to-peer knowledge sharing through exchange visits between cities as well as evaluating the effectiveness of adaption measures on the local level.

Currently, Durban is examining the feasibility of implementing a permanent DAC Secretariat with its own staff in Durban.

The exchange on DAC is carried out with experts in Bremen especially from the project project nordwest2050.

An exchange of concrete aspects of climate change adaptation, as for example problems related to heavy rain falls and heat waves, also takes place in the working group on sustainable urban planning.

Furthermore, experiences and results from the Bremen projects KLAS and climate change Lower Weser will be taken into account.