For addressing the complex multi-stakeholder and multilevel challenges associated with climate change mitigation and adaptation an appropriate knowledge base is needed not only among public authorities but also among civil society, business sector etc. in order to have problem aware constituencies in the countries of the world supporting with their attitudes and actions governments towards bold future oriented global climate change action.
The countries in Southeast Europe are facing similar climate change challenges. On the one hand scientific climate change models predict especially serious climate change impacts in SEE but on the other hand SEE countries have also some kind of “window of opportunity” open as they are currently it transition of their socio-economic systems and governance structures in the context of EU integration processes and there is a chance to adapt relatively early to climate change in a joint effort of mobilizing national, European and official development assistance resources and to foster EU integration of the SEE region through joint climate change action.
Climate change is increasingly being seen not just as an environmental issue but as one which cuts across our economic, development and domestic and foreign policy agendas.
Europe has made a good start with the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, but more needs to be done to strengthen the market. But we still must do more. The World Bank and Regional Development Banks are developing a global Energy Investment Framework to accelerate public and private investment into energy for development, low carbon energy technologies and adaptation. Attracting this investment will require policy conditions that can mobilize international finance and domestic private sector investment.
We believe that for the twenty-first century we need an environmental contract where citizens, business and nations work together towards a goal, with clear understanding of each others’ rights and responsibilities. The Alliance of South Eastern European Universities wishes to contribute these discussions and provides an opportunity for all partners to play their part and be heard.