Friday, December 19, 2014

priority activity 2

Priority Activity 2:
Provide advice and scientific information to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and other international bodies, to enable more effective adaptation

PROVIA is, in a number of ways, an active ‘provider’ of scientific information to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process, and is now a designated partner of the Nairobi Work Programme (NWP). The NWP is undertaken under the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) of the UNFCCC to improve understanding and assessment of impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change.

Since its inception, PROVIA has been communicating scientific findings to policy-makers in order to support in decision making through the UNFCCC processes. PROVIA published two reports that have provided knowledge to bridge the research gaps in VIA, and guidance on the selection and use of appropriate tools and methods assessing VIA, which are shared through the NWP and the UNFCCC SBSTA Research Dialogue.

PROVIA was involved in the Research Dialogue of the SBSTA in 2011, as well as in the preceding workshop. In 2012 PROVIA participated in the SBSTA Research Dialogue by presenting the draft PROVIA list of global VIA research priorities. The final research priorities were presented at the 38th session of the SBSTA Research Dialogue in Bonn, Germany in 2013, and they were also shared with partners and donor groups during a PROVIA workshop in London, UK in April 2013.

In November 2012, PROVIA was featured as part of a side event at COP18 in Doha, with the objective of communicating information to the UNFCCC, governments, international agencies and VIA experts. The side event included a panel discussion that featured Scientific Steering Committee members and other experts. An overview of the PROVIA global VIA research priorities was also presented at the side event, which gave insight as to how PROVIA could help the UN, governments and other stakeholders better prepare for climate change.

PROVIA shared its two published reports at the UNFCCC COP 19 in Warsaw, and PROVIA activities were featured at the three side-events during the conference. The side-events were attended by more than 100 participants. The focus of the side-events were to understand public opinion on how PROVIA could help the UN, governments and other stakeholders better adapt to climate change, and act as an avenue by which decision makers can solicit scientific information in adaptation planning.

priority activities

Research Priorities
Advice and Scientific Information Communication with the
Research Community
Guidelines and Assessment Tools
       
 
     

 
       
 
 
 
       
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