Highlights from the I4C side event in Bergen: Engaging discussions on climate change adaptation and mitigation 

On 29 May, the I4C project and the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research hosted a side event in Bergen on ‘Society meets Science – open conversation on Climate Risks: How can the latest science on climate predictability help us?’. This meeting aimed to promote a deeper understanding of the challenges cities face in dealing with climate change. Each city faces unique challenges, and it is highly useful to share experiences and strategies to overcome these obstacles.

An insightful introduction by Stefan Sobolowski, Research Professor at NORCE Climate, set the stage for a series of compelling pitches by researchers, each addressing various aspects of climate change adaptation and mitigation. Participants were encouraged to move between 6 tables, allowing for a dynamic exchange of ideas and fostering a collaborative environment. This format ensured that a wide range of perspectives and expertise were brought to the forefront, enriching the overall dialogue on how best to tackle challenges related to climate change.

Putting climate action on the table

Through these kinds of side events, I4C members can discover the problems other cities face and get inspiration to improve our approaches.

One of the key topics of discussion was the identification of an effective climate action toolkit. The session delved into the types of changes impacting our environment and the necessary adjustments required to preserve world heritage sites. Participants explored various strategies to protect these invaluable sites from the adverse effects of climate change, emphasising the importance of adaptive measures and sustainable practices.

The Importance of co-production

In addition, the concept of co-production was highlighted as a crucial element in climate action. Effective co-production requires the engagement and co-engagement of societal actors, ensuring that diverse voices and perspectives are integrated into the decision-making process.

During the event, participants emphasised the need to bring together different forms of knowledge – scientific, local and indigenous – to develop holistic and inclusive solutions to climate challenges.

A further focal point was the need for more comprehensive climate risk assessments. The researchers underlined the relevance of improving our knowledge, skills and methodologies to better understand and mitigate climate risks.

Aligning climate science with society’s needs

Involving citizens is an important step toward spreading awareness and bringing as many actors as possible to play an active role in the current climate-related challenges.

During the evening, discussions focused on ensuring that scientific advances are effectively translated into practical and implementable strategies.

Wrapping up

As the event concluded, it was clear that such collaborative efforts are essential for driving meaningful change and ensuring a sustainable future for our planet.

By sharing their experiences and strategies, participants left the event better equipped to tackle the pressing challenges posed by climate change, inspired to implement innovative solutions in their respective cities and communities.

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