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WCC-3
World Climate Conference-3 (WCC-3)

31 August - 4 September 2009 | Geneva, Switzerland

HIGHLIGHTS FROM WEDNESDAY, 2 SEPTEMBERWCC-3

On Wednesday morning, two plenary sessions were held on: climate extremes, warning systems and disaster risk reduction; and mainstreaming climate information. In the afternoon, there were six parallel working sessions on: climate and biodiversity and natural resource management; climate and more sustainable cities; decadal climate variability; climate and food security; climate of oceans and coasts; and regional climate information for risk management. Two forum sessions were also held on business and industry, and capacity-building education and training, and a session was also held on implementing climate services in nations and regions. The day concluded with a roundtable on communicating climate information.

During the plenary session on climate extremes, warning systems and disaster risk reduction, Paola Zucula, Minister of Transport and Communication, Mozambique, underscored the importance of a people-centered early warning system for vulnerable populations. Hasan Mahmud, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh, highlighted movement from a relief-based approach to the vulnerability reduction approach to disasters. Maxx Dilley, UNDP, said climate change has challenged the principle of stationarity to risk management. Madeleen Helmer, International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said climate change is eroding traditional knowledge about the weather. Ulrich Hess, World Food Programme, underscored the viability of weather insurance to rural communities. Walter Baethgen, Columbia Unversity, called for providers of climate service information to target existing chains of information. Lianchun Song, China Meteorological Administration, highlighted the need for spatial vulnerability analyses. Maryam Golnaraghi, WMO, said a risk reduction program has three components: risk assessment, tools for risk reduction, and utilization of financial risk markets.

During the plenary session on mainstreaming climate information, Martin Parry, Imperial College, underscored that the scale of the adaptation challenge is dependent on when mitigation options are undertaken. Thomas Downing, Stockholm Environment Institute, underscored that the value of climate information is in reducing uncertainty for decision making. Laban Ogallo, Intergovernmental Authority on Development, stressed that continued partnership and collaboration was necessary. Amadou Gaye, University of Dakar, Senegal, highlighted the priority of addressing current vulnerabilities. Jürgen Lefevere, European Commission, said the impact of mitigation efforts is not adequately understood. Anand Patwardhan, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, cautioned that data, information, services and knowledge, while quite distinct in meaning, are being used indistinctly. Tara Shine, Irish Aid, stressed that information for adaptation will have to evolve over time.

WWF press conference: Launch of the WWF Arctic Feedbacks Report
Left to right: James Leape, Director-General, WWF International, Martin Hiller, WWF Climate Change Programme, and Martin Sommerkorn, WWF Senior Climate Officer

 
 
Plenary Session: Climate Extremes, Warning Systems and Disaster Risk Reduction
A view of the dais during the plenary session.
Lianchun Song, CMA, China, Walter Baethgen, Columbia Unversity, and Ulrich Hess, World Food Programme
Maxx Dilley, UNDP
   
A view of the room during the plenary session.
Participants during the plenary session.
 
Paola Zucula, Minister of Transport and Communication, Mozambique
Maryam Golnaraghi, WMO
Hasan Mahmud, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh
Madeleen Helmer, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
   
Plenary Session: Mainstreaming Climate Information
 
Left to right: Jurgen Lefevere, European Commission, Tara Shine, Irish Aid, Anand Patwardhan, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Amadou Gaye, University of Dakar, Senegal, Laban Ogallo, IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre, Kenya, and Thomas Downing, Stockholm Environment Institute
Martin Parry, Imperial College-London
 
     
Working Sessions
Timothy Oke, University of British Columbia
Participants during the working session
       
A forum session on business and industry; left to right: Juan Carlos Castilla-Rubio, Climate Change Innovation Group, CISCO, Jean-Yves Caneill, EDF, Christophe Nuttall, Director UNDP TACC, Moderator Jacqueline Cote, ICC, and Juan Gonzalez-Valero, Syngenta
 
 
 
       
 
Participants during the working sessions.
Working session on climate, biodiversity and natural resource management.
         
 
 
 
     
Working session on climate, biodiversity and natural resource management; left to right: Brendan Mackey, The Australian National University, Eduard Muller, University for International Cooperation, Costa Rica, Jian Liu, UNEP, and Lynda Chambers, Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research
       
 
A view of the room during the working session on climate, biodiversity and natural resource management.
 
 
 
Participants during the working sessions.
Session Chair Alexander Muller, FAO, and Jerry Hatfield, US Department of Agriculture , University of Auckland, during the working session on climate and food security.
           
 
The working session on climate and food security.
James Salinger, University of Auckland, during the working session on climate and food security.
             
Working session on regional climate information for risk management; left to right: Kiyoharu Takano, Japan Meteorological Agency, Joanna Wibig, University of Lodz, Abdellah Mokssit, National Centre of Meteorological Research, Morocco, Richard Graham, UK Met Office, Christopher Cunningham, Centre for Weather Forecast and Climate Studies, Brazil, and Session Chair Yap Kok Seng, Malaysian Meteorological Department
     
 
Working session on the climate of oceans and coasts; left to right: Poul Degnbol, Institute for Fisheries Management and Coastal Community Development, Isabelle Niang, University of Dakar, Ralph Rayner, Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, UK, Session Chair Ed Hill, National Oceanography Centre, UK, Martin Visbeck, IFM-Geomar, Nathan Bindoff, University of Tasmania, and Tom Malone, University of Maryland
 
 
Working session on the climate of oceans and coasts
   
 
Roundtable Discussion on Communicating Climate Information
Left to right: Daniel Wermus, Media 21, Switzerland, Donna Charlevoix, GLOBE Program, Patrick Luganda, Farmers Media Link, Ltd., Uganda, Jay Trobec, KELO TV, US, and Susan Powell, BBC
     
Jay Trobec discusses new forms of communicating climate information
Patrick Luganda addresses the roundtable
             
World Climate Broadcast Forum
A view of the room during the forum
     
 
Claire Martin, International Association of Broadcasting Meteorology, and Michael Zammit Cutajar, Chair of the Ad Hoc Working Group of Long-Term Cooperative Action under the UNFCCC
       
         
Press Conferences
WMO/World Climate Broadcasts Forum (WCBF) press conference
   
Press conference room
Press conference room
           
 
WFP-WMO press conference on climate and food security
 
Miscellanous Photos
 
 
 
 
             
 
 
               
Participants hold informal consultations outside the conference room.
 
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