EIT Climate-KIC participates in Europe’s influential climate adaptation conference, ECCA 2023, which takes place from 19 to 21 June 2023, and will be held in Dublin, Ireland.
The audience will hear from Europe’s leading climate researchers who are using trusted data to develop cutting-edge climate action tools, decision-support platforms and prototype climate services for adapting to the climate challenges they are tasked with addressing. There will be an opportunity to share actual examples of the challenges and potential solutions.
EIT Climate-KIC CEO, Kirsten Dunlop will talk about how to succeed in enabling adaptation solutions on the ground on Tuesday, June 20th, at the session titled: Enabling Innovation and the role of financial flows. She will be joined by Lorenzo Pezzatti from the Council of Europe Development Bank. The session is moderated by Paul Watkiss of Paul Watkiss Associates.
Later that morning, EIT Climate-KIC expert Thomas Koetz will talk at a session titled: Extreme Events: Tools for Climate Resilience. Other speakers include Saioa Zorita (Tecnalia), Valeria Di Fant (Deltares), Chrysi Laspidou (University of Thessaly), Elena López-Gunn (Icatalist, BRIGAID Connect). They will share experiences on a range of existing tools and approaches to climate resilience, and talk about the most common barriers and enablers to make practical use of tools and approaches while also showcasing good practices.
The streaming links for these two sessions will be posted on the ECCA2023 website (online participation is free of charge).
Since the last ECCA conference in May and June 2021, Europe experienced the warmest summer on record, accompanied by severe floods in western Europe and dry conditions in the Mediterranean. In 2022, even more records were broken in Europe, with a record high temperature in Ireland in July 2022, for example.
Besides necessary mitigation measures, adaptation actions contribute to recovery, resilience, climate change mitigation, biodiversity conservation and restoration, citizen safety, wellbeing, and financial security. The goal of the conference, among the goals of the previous ECCA editions, is to inspire adaptation by showcasing solutions, exchanging knowledge, creating connections, and encouraging dialogue on how to act more and faster at every level.