The conference “The European Union and its Overseas Entities: Strategies to counter Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss” is organised by:
On 01 July 2008, France will take over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, a responsibility rotated between the EU member states every six months. The conference “The European Union and its Overseas Entities: Strategies to counter Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss” has been included in the programme of the EU French Presidency following a proposal of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Overseas and Territorial Collectivities, who oversees the matters dealing with the French overseas entities.
IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges by supporting scientific research; managing field projects all over the world; and bringing governments, NGOs, the UN, international conventions, companies and local communities together to develop policy, laws and best practice. IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental network. IUCN is a democratic union with more than 1,000 government and NGO member organisations, and some 10,000 volunteer scientists in more than 160 countries. IUCN’s work is supported by 1,100 professional staff in 62 countries and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world.
The Regional Council of Reunion Island has made sustainable development one of its core priorities. Its President, Paul Vergès, is at the same time the President of the French Observatory of the Impacts of Global Warming (ONERC). A leading figure on issues related for environmental questions on Reunion Island, he has strongly advanced environmental policy of the island, particularly with regard to promoting renewable energies. The Regional Council has furthermore signed a “Charter for the Environment of Reunion Island” with the national and the departmental governments.
The French Observatory of the Impacts of Global Warming (Observatoire National sur les Effets du Réchauffement Climatique - ONERC), chaired by Paul Vergès, was created by law on 19th February 2001. It shows the will of the Parliament and the Government of France to take into account the issues associated to the effects of climate change. The principal activities of ONERC are: (a) to collect and disseminate information, studies and research on risks associated with climate change and extreme weather events; (b) to make recommendations on potential measures of prevention and adaptation in order to limit these risks; (c) to contribute to the dialogue on climate change with developing countries. The ONERC works also with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
The event also benefits from the support of :