Workshops
17 April 2014

"How does climate change affect our lives?" - Between poverty and environment. Lessons learned from a project funded by the European Commission


Where: Milan
Location:

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei
Corso Magenta 63
20123 Milan

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April 17, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.

Starting from 2.30 p.m: 2 hour interventions + 1 hour of debate.

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If you would like to attend, we kindly ask you to confirm your presence by writing an email to events@feem.it or by phoning at +39 02.520.36990.

Abstract

How does climate change affect our lives?
Between poverty and environment. Lessons learned from a project funded by the European Commission

The meeting is part of a project funded by the European Commission (Thematic Programme for Environment and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources, Including Energy) and it aims to highlight the lessons learned in a context where the debate is often restricted to ‘specialists’ and practical experiences are still few.

How much do we really know about climate change? How does it affect people’s lives, especially those of the poorest? What effects can it have on the most vulnerable areas of the planet? Do specific behaviors and strategies exist to reduce or “mitigate” this phenomenon and its effects? How can we coexist with them? What are its impacts on agriculture and local economies?

Currently, this issue has a particular importance also in connection with the definition of the post-2015 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations and its Members, focused on 3 pillars – social, environmental and economic – which will involve all countries, according to a global approach. But there are still few experiences in the field to observe social and environmental dynamics. That’s why the “Studies and pilot initiatives to promote environmental sustainability in Dominican Republic and Haiti” project is particularly remarkable. Actually, it includes a study and meetings for sharing its results to promote the dissemination of lessons learned and good practices. 

The meeting will focus on the following main points:

  • An overview on climate change, projections, causes, effects and life changes due to the situation, by prof. Carlo Carraro, FEEM
  • Energy poverty and sustainable development, by Massimo Tavoni, senior researcher at FEEM
  • The experience of a project in Haiti and in the Dominican Republic which has triggered some levers to mitigate the effects of environmental disasters. By Melika Edquist, Columbia University, highlighting in particular the linkage between migration and environmental conditions
  • “Pic Makaya National Park” and environmental challenges, agr. Denis Caton, Park Director
  • European cooperation policies for poverty reduction and sustainable development, Laura Giappichelli,  Policy Officer Global Climate Change Alliance
  • Suggestions from Dominican experience: OBMICA (tbc)


The event will be an extraordinary opportunity for the protagonists of the project in Haiti and Dominican Republic (Ministry of Environment and related Agencies) to get in contact with FEEM and Columbia University, which could bring an added value to action plans in the two countries. Besides, the venue is the same as the Representation of the European Commission in Italy, to underline the connections and the cooperation among all the different actors.

The event has also an international relevance: it fits in the process for establishing the post-2015 Agenda; climate change and environment are becoming increasingly important issues in the policies of the major world donor, the European Union; in view of the Italian Presidency at the EU and the upcoming international events in Italy (ICN2 on agriculture and nutrition, EXPO 2015).

The target audience of the meeting will range from students of concerned faculties to environmental and energy experts, institutions, organizations as well as businesses interested in the issues of sustainable development and environment.

The meeting is organized by AVSI and FEEM, in partnership with the European Union, GVC, OBMICA.

 

Interventions:

  • FEEM
  • Columbia University
  • Pic Macaya National Park - Haiti
  • European Commission
  • GVC, OBMICA
  • AVSI

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Working languages: English, French, Italian. Simultaneous translation available.

 

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"I cambiamenti climatici cambiano anche la vita?" - Nessi tra povertà e ambiente. Lezioni apprese in un progetto finanziato dalla Commissione Europea

L’incontro, che si inserisce nel quadro di un progetto finanziato dalla Commissione Europea (Thematic Programme for Environment and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources, Including Energy), ha l’obiettivo di aprire una finestra di conoscenza e il dibattito sugli effetti dei cambiamenti climatici, specie nei Paesi molto poveri e più esposti.

Quanto conosciamo sui cambiamenti climatici? Come incidono sulla vita delle persone, specie le più povere? Quali effetti possono avere nelle aree del pianeta più esposte? Ci sono dei comportamenti e delle strategie per ridurre o “mitigare” questi fenomeni e i loro effetti? Come conviverci? Quali effetti sull’agricoltura e le economie locali?

In Europa abbiamo iniziato a familiarizzare con i cambiamenti climatici a seguito delle devastanti calamità climatiche, ma il fenomeno è ancora visto con scetticismo o con timore e resta patrimonio di addetti ai lavori, mentre esistono esperienze e conoscenze che possono essere condivise per migliorare la vita delle persone.

Particolare importanza riveste attualmente il tema, in relazione alla definizione dell’Agenda post 2015 e degli obiettivi di sviluppo sostenibile, a cura delle Nazioni Unite e dei suoi Membri, imperniati sui 3 pilastri sociale, ambientale ed economico, e che coinvolgeranno tutti i Paesi, con una logica di universalità.

L’incontro ruoterà intorno ai seguenti punti cardinali:

  • un quadro generale dei cambiamenti climatici, proiezioni, cause, effetti e cambiamenti di vita imposti dalla situazione, a cura del prof. Carlo Carraro, FEEM
  • povertà energetica e sviluppo sostenibile, a cura di Massimo Tavoni,  ricercatore senior FEEM
  • l’esperienza di un progetto in Haiti e Dominicana che ha attivato alcune leve per la mitigazione degli effetti delle calamità ambientali, a cura di Melika Edquist, Columbia University, che ha focalizzato in particolare il nesso migrazioni-calamità climatiche
  • le sfide ambientali in Haiti: il parco Nazionale Pic Macaya, con il Direttore, agr. Denis Canton 
  • le politiche di cooperazione europea per la povertà energetica e lo sviluppo sostenibile, Laura Giappichelli, Policy Officer Global Climate Change Alliance
  • alcuni spunti dall’esperienza dominicana: OBMICA (tbc)


Dallo studio emerge che i progetti di sviluppo in una logica di mitigazione e adattamento ai cambiamenti climatici devono tener conto delle dimensioni ambientali ma anche sociali ed economiche delle comunità esposte alle calamità, valorizzare le loro capacità di adattamento o “resilienza”, e favorire la permanenza sui territori rurali attraverso servizi attenti allo sviluppo umano.

Target dell’incontro sono studenti, studiosi di energia e ambiente, istituzioni, organizzazioni e imprese interessate alla tematica dello sviluppo sostenibile e dell’ambiente.

L’incontro è organizzato da AVSI FEEM, in partnership con Unione Europea, GVC, OBMICA

Intervengono:

  • FEEM
  • Columbia University
  • Parco Nazionale Pic Macaya, Haiti
  • GVC, OBMICA
  • AVSI

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Le lingue ufficiali dei lavori saranno l’inglese, il francese e l’italiano. E’ prevista la traduzione simultanea . Durata: 2 ore di interventi + 1 ora di dibattito.

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