Advisory - Adapting to Climate Change: IDRC at COP 13 in Bali



    OTTAWA, Dec. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Recognizing the serious consequences of
climate change for development, the International Development Research Centre
(IDRC) is helping developing countries adapt by supporting research and
strengthening local institutions so they can better prepare for an uncertain
future. IDRC will be on the ground as an observer to the 13th Conference of
Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 13), taking
place in Bali, Indonesia, December 3-14, 2007. The Climate Change Adaptation
in Africa (CCAA) program, a partnership between Canada's IDRC and the UK's
Department for International Development, will be organizing two events that
focus on the critical adaptation challenges facing the African continent:

    
    - December 6 Adapting to climate change in Africa: Towards regional
      solutions

    Africa is the continent most vulnerable to climate change.
    Desertification, energy supply, and water are key issues that demand
    regional sharing of information, adaptation strategies, and policy
    responses. This panel discussion is an official side event, planned
    jointly with the Sahara and Sahel Observatory.

    - December 11 Adapting locally to global climate change: Experiences from
      rural Africa

    Most of Africa relies on rain-fed agriculture and is highly vulnerable to
    seasonal shifts and changes in precipitation patterns. Roughly 70% of the
    population lives by farming, and 40% of all exports are agricultural
    products. This dialogue highlights climate change impacts affecting food
    security and rural livelihoods, as seen by farmers, representatives of
    agrarian organizations, and action researchers working with rural
    communities.
    

    Staff and partners of IDRC's CCAA program will be available to speak with
media, together with invited speakers from rural Africa. Information on the
CCAA and other IDRC initiatives related to climate change will be available at
the IDRC booth in the UNFCCC exhibit area.

    For more information on IDRC activities at COP 13, visit
http://www.idrc.ca/ccaa/ev-116697-201-1-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: In Indonesia: Mary O'Neill, +081 353 004945,
maoneill@idrc.ca; In Canada: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé, (+1 613) 236-6163,
ext. 2343, ibourgeault-tasse@idrc.ca


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