Categories: Fiji Pavilion Events
Location: Fiji Pavilion (Bonn Zone)
Organiser: GIZ, EU-PolarNet & ICE-ARC in Partnership
Event Notes: In Greenland, the changing climate is impacting on the livelihoods of its people, the sea ice is in retreat and becoming unpredictable, the animals and plants are changing, and Arctic warming has accelerated the melting of Greenland’s ice sheet to a rate that is over 5 times larger than in the 1990s, contributing significantly to sea-level rise. Thousands of miles away these changes are literally ending up on the shores of the SIDS. Already today, rising sea water levels are flooding settlements, valuable arable land, and infrastructure is being lost to the ocean. Severe weather events, potentially driven by changes in the Polar Regions, are on the rise and challenge the adaptation capacities in these regions. Against this background, the session provides an opportunity for influential leaders to demonstrate the dramatic climate driven changes that are occurring in these fundamentally different regions, explain why the international community must increase the ambition of its mitigation and adaptation efforts, and provide their vision for outcome of the COP23.