Published: 08.09.2016. 12:19 Updated: 09.09.2016. 15:49
'Although Croatia’s contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions is very small, it is at the same time very vulnerable to climate change. Therefore, the Ministry initiated the development of a national Strategy which will define climate change adaptation measures in Croatia, that is, measures by which negative impacts of climate change would be reduced. It is important to point out that activities related to adaptation can also have a positive effect on society and the economy, which includes creation of jobs, better air quality, positive impact on health, more pleasant life in cities and other benefits. This opportunity should therefore be used and a more sustainable development of our country ensured by reaching a consensus on the necessary measures' – said Assistant Minister for climate activities, sustainable development and protection of air, soil and sea Marija Šćulac Domac at the opening of a two-day workshop organised within the framework of the project for development of the Strategy for climate change adaptation.
The Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection initiated the development of the Strategy for climate change adaptation. The project 'Strengthening the Capacity of the Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection for Climate Change Adaptation and development of the Draft Strategy for Climate Change Adaptation' is financed from the funds of the EU Transition Facility for Croatia, and will last from May 2016 until November 2017. The project is on behalf of MENP implemented by experts from the company Eptisa Adria d.o.o., and activities are carried out through two components, where the objectives under the first component are focused on the assessment of the current state across sectors as well as education and raising awareness of the professional and general public on climate change, impact of climate change, vulnerability of certain sectors and the possibility for adaptation to climate change, while the other component is focused on climate modelling and development of the draft Strategy for adaptation of vulnerable sectors in the Republic of Croatia to climate change and Action plan.
Within the framework of project implementation today at the premises of the Croatian Chamber of Economy in Zagreb the first day was held of the two-day workshop organised with the aim of transferring experience related to the development of the Strategy for climate change adaptation from Austria and Italy and comparative analysis of experiences from several other EU Member States.
'Climate change affects society and social processes in various ways, but primarily in such a manner that it increases vulnerability. The society can respond in two ways. First is to try and address the causes of this issue, i.e. causes of climate change, and that is the mitigation process by which greenhouse gas emissions are reduced or the increase in the capacities for absorption of such gases. The second is to adapt to the changed climate. The aim of adaptation is to limit negative impacts of climate change and utilise the new possibilities provided by the changed climate' – said in his opening presentation Dr. Vladimir Kalinski, head of the expert project group which is developing the draft Strategy for adaptation to climate change and Action plan.