Advisory - Adapting to Climate Change: Canada and Africa



    MONTREAL, June 6 /CNW Telbec/ - What does an Inuit community on Canada's
Arctic coastline have in common with a rural village in Africa's breadbasket?
Both communities are on the front lines of climate change, depend heavily on
natural resources, and have limited ability to adapt rapidly to environmental
shocks such as floods, drought, desertification, and disease. Renowned
international experts will address these issues and explore how people in
Canada and Africa can adapt to the effects of climate extremes during a panel
discussion organized by Canada's International Development Research Centre
(IDRC). Steven Guilbeault, co-founder and climate change spokesperson of
Equiterre, will moderate the discussion which is part of the Conférence de
Montréal.

    
    Date:  Tuesday, June 10, 2008
    Time:  10:15 a.m. to noon
    Where: Hilton Montréal Bonaventure Hotel

    Current levels of greenhouse gas emissions mean that many impacts of
climate change are now inevitable if urgent action is not taken. These include
food and water shortages, increased poverty, and higher rates of mortality and
disease. The evidence is mounting: traditional hunting grounds in Canada's
Arctic are disappearing, fruit farmers in South Africa are facing droughts,
splinters in Canada's Ward Hunt Ice Shelf are threatening Inuit communities
with flooding, and malaria cases in Kenya's highland communities are expected
to escalate.

    Hear from those engaged in the struggle to adapt to climate change:

    - Nathalie Beaulieu, IDRC in Dakar, Senegal
    - Salamatu Garba, Women Farmers Advancement Network in Nigeria
    - Patricia Cochran, Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, Alaska
    - John M.R. Stone, Vice-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
      Change (IPCC) Working Group II and IDRC Senior Fellow
    - Kaia Ambrose, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager, CARE Canada
    

    The event is open to the media. Spaces are limited and journalists are
encouraged to register by calling Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé at 613-236-6163,
ext. 2343.

    For more information on IDRC activities related to climate change
adaptation, visit http://www.idrc.ca/en/ev-94424-201-1-DO_TOPIC.html.

    About IDRC

    Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is one of the
world's leading institutions in the generation and application of new
knowledge to meet the challenges of international development. For nearly
40 years, IDRC has worked in close collaboration with researchers from the
developing world to build healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous
societies.




For further information:

For further information: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé, (613) 236-6163, ext.
2343, (613) 816-7620, ibourgeault-tasse@idrc.ca


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