Climate Innovation Summit 2017: Cities, Levers of Change

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Cities are where more than half of the global population live today, consuming two-thirds of the world’s energy, accounting for over 70 per cent of global CO2 emissions. Cities are where the battle against climate change will be lost or won. But, cities are increasingly taking the lead, reaching the potential critical mass that can tip the balance towards circularity, deep decarbonisation and ecological health. Under the theme “Cities, Levers of Change”, the 2017 Climate Innovation Summit brought together urban decision makers, policymakers, academics, researchers, entrepreneurs and business leaders to co-create the blueprints for an inclusive, zero-carbon society.

Prof. Carlo Carraro (CMCC Strategic Council) and Jaroslav Mysiak, Director of the Research Division RAAS – Risk assessment and adaptation strategies at the CMCC Foundation, took part in the event. More in detail, Prof. Carlo Carraro talked about mitigation challenges and what cities can do to help. Moreover, interviewed during the Climate Innovation Summit, Prof. Carraro talked about the role of education, saying that “education can play a major role in all possible activities and deal with all major challenges that our planet is facing, and certainly it’s particularly important for climate action. Climate change in fact is a long term problem and we need a vision and a long term perspective to deal with it […] So awareness, consciousness, education, in particular for new generations and the youth, are crucial to prepare persons to deal with this problem which is becoming increasingly damaging and important.”
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Researcher Jaroslav Mysiak took part to the Parallel Session “Dealing with climate risk and adaptation” as invited speaker. 
What sort of data is available for adaptation/ risk-informed planning? What work is underway to improve the availability and deployment to models, tools, and services to assist climate adaptation and disaster resilience planning? What are the gaps for incorporating climate risk information into decision making for cities? The session tried to answers these questions and foster the debate about these issues focusing on climate risk information, education and capacity building, regulation and policy, adaptation finance and insurance.
Moreover, he also participated in the MARCO Stakeholder Workshop focused on climate services.

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