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Because of its geomorphological conformation the Alpine territory needs to be constantly monitored in order to avoid environmental disasters which could cause severe damages to ecosystems and infrastructures. That’s why the Alpine Convention has dedicated great attention to the issue of local adaptation to climate change for mountain territories, including some tools to ease States and local entities in the managing these phenomena.
 
The Climate Change Task Force works towards the making of the “Giudelines for local adaptation to climate change in the Apine region”. This document doesn’t foresee additional obligations with respect to those deriving  from international, national or local instruments. It rather intends to provide a reference framework, instructions and useful tools for policy makers and administrators, at regional and sub-regional level, to realize local adaptation plans which are aware of the peculiarity of the Alpine territories.
The text of the guidelines is aligned with the main reports and European and international instruments developed on the theme of adaptation and related local planning as well as with the findings of research and cooperation projects dedicated to adaptation, particularly in the Alpine region. Furthermore, the guidelines allow to extend the mandates of the Water and PLANALP Platforms, which required to develop guidelines for local adaptation in the Alpine context, to other thematic fields. The definitive version of the guidelines will be presented at the Conference of the Ministries in Turin in November 2014.
The Task Force is also working on the draw up of the Alpine Convention - Carpathian Convention joint declaration on local adaptation to climate change in mountain areas. The approved message will be presented during the CoP20 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Lima (Perù) (1st -12th Dicember 2014) in occasion of a public event in the “Mountain Pavillion”, whose organization will be … by UNEP and the presidencies of the Alpine and Carpathian conventions.
The Task Force has also collaborated with the Mountain Forests Working Group in the drawing up of a document on accounting measures and experiences of CO2 emissions absorption by Alpine forests and volountary instruments.

The meetings


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