3rd European Climate Change Adaptation Conference

Our Climate Ready Future

Glasgow, 5th-9th June 2017

ECCA 2017 – OUR CLIMATE READY FUTURE

Over 850 people were welcomed to the City of Glasgow to attend ECCA 2017, ‘Our Climate Ready Future’, in June 2017. Our vision was that this conference would inspire and enable people to work together to discover and deliver positive climate adaptation solutions that can strengthen society, revitalise local economies and enhance the environment. We were delighted to get a great response to our efforts to engage others outside the academic community, and the conference was able to bring together the people who will deliver action on the ground – from business, industry, NGOs, local government and communities – to share knowledge, ideas and experience with leading researchers and policymakers. Glasgow proved to be the ideal venue, at the heart of a city-region that is putting climate adaptation and climate justice at the core of decision making. Delegates were welcomed at the magnificent City Chambers, with a speech by the deputy Lord Provost that set out Glasgow’s strong commitment to tackling both the causes and the effects of climate change.

The conference was opened by Roseanna Cunningham, MSP Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, who welcomed delegates from across Europe and beyond with an emphasis on the importance of working together to solve these global problems. Our packed programme featured three plenary sessions, 82 parallel sessions, a poster drinks reception, a Ceilidh and a film screening. This year, for the first time, a special Business and Innovation programme was run in parallel with the first two days of the conference. ECCA 2017 also offered ten inspiring excursions including opportunities to visit innovative local adaptation projects and share experience of how climate adaptation can work in practice.

All three plenary sessions included strong contributions from young speakers, from Glasgow Youth Council, the Scottish Young Planners Network and the 2050 Climate Group, at which they stressed the need for much deeper involvement of young people in climate action and policymaking at all levels. One of the highlights of the conference was the exhibition by local school children of their imaginative solutions to Glasgow’s flooding problems – an ECCA challenge embedded in school curriculums city-wide.

If you came to ECCA2017, we hope you enjoyed it! If you didn’t make it – take a look at our programme or our app to check out the session abstracts, and also see the blogs by young reporters from the 2050 Climate Group. You can download the ECCA 2017 app from the Apple App Store or Google Play We hope to see you all in Lisbon for ECCA2019!

From the EU-funded IMPRESSIONS, HELIX and RISES-AM projects, together with Adaptation Scotland and Glasgow City Council.

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