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Russia helps to lead the way on communicating climate change impacts

Scientists from Russia and the UK discussed the impacts and risks of climate change at a round table event held on 24th November at the British Ambassador’s Residence in Moscow.

The event was organised Ricardo Energy and Environment in collaboration with the Institute of Global Climate and Ecology (IGCE) of Roshydromet and Russian Academy of Sciences. The event was attended by Sir David King, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) special representative for climate change.

The focus of this event was to facilitate the exchange of knowledge on climate impacts and their magnitude.

• Sir David King highlighted the urgency of addressing climate change and discussed the potential economic benefits from early action. He gave the example of the clean energy sector in the UK which is the fastest growing sector of the economy.

• The discussion highlighted the challenges of assessing climate change across a geographic region as large as Russia, with positive and negative impacts occurring at regional and local levels.

• The importance of making assessments on the basis of reliable data was discussed, as well as incorporating economic, social, and environmental assessments.

• It was also noted that in attempting to arrive at a common understanding of climate risk, all the stakeholders involved need to communicate using a common terminology.

The round table was organised as part of the UK FCO funded project “Assessing and communicating country level climate impacts in Russia and the UK”. The results from this project will feed into the overarching initiative “Country Level Impacts of Climate Change (CLICC)” in which Russia played an important role by undertaking a CLICC pilot in 2015-16 along with 5 other countries from around the world (China, Vietnam, Ghana, Fiji and the UK).

Russia is helping to lead the way on climate impacts as the results of the current FCO funded Russia-UK project will feed into the wider CLICC initiative and the preparations for a second round of CLICC pilots that will be coordinated by UNEP in 2017.

Find out more about Ricardo Energy & Environment’s role in supporting climate data collection and analysis.