The 6th Nordic Conference on Climate Change Adaptation, NOCCA23’
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About the Event
The 6th Nordic Conference on Climate Change Adaptation, NOCCA23’ will be held in Iceland, Reykjavík Grand Hotel on the 17th-19th of April 2023, the same year that Iceland will hold the Precedency at the Nordic Council of Ministers.
The conference welcomes all who work on climate change adaptation, within the fields of science, in local communities, governments and municipal administration, in ministries and national authorities, politics, businesses, industry and NGOs.
The conference will be a mixture of plenary sessions with invited lectures (day 1, will also be streamed) and workshops (day 2, only for those on site) all focused on adaptation in cities and municipalities in the Nordics. The final day will be filled with optional sightseeing activities (TBA).
In the IPCC report that came out in February 2022 it is emphasized that is critically important that nations around the globe start to think about integration on adaptation for their region and for the natural hazards that will start to affect both nature and urbanized areas around the globe. Extremes in weather, rising sea level, ocean acidification and other changes are forcing the global community to focus on measures that will try to lower the impact and focus on adaptation.
The Nordic countries do have common threats such as rising sea levels, mudslides and avalanches, forest fires, organizational development and public health issues that will affect all in the nearest future. Even so the region aims to become the most sustainable and integrated region in the world in 2030, and to be able to reach that giant milestone it is critical that the Nordic countries will share key learnings from research and action towards adaptation. The event is a valuable venue for Nordic countries to discuss, learn and share knowledge about climate change adaptation in the Nordics.
The focus of NOCCA 2023 is on adaptation in cities and municipalities in the Nordic countries. The focus will be on how they have implemented actions, what has worked and what are the key learnings in the adaptation process.
The overall objective for NOCCA is to strengthen the conversation and increase knowledge on climate change adaptation in the Nordic countries in the fields of science, local communities, governments, and specifically focuses on the complex task the municipalities in the Nordics have at hand and that it will be the platform needed for the Nordic countries to exchange key learnings and to open the dialog on adaptation.
Conference output and key messages
NOCCA collects knowledge from municipal experts and civil servants to enhance the value of current work carried out in the Nordic region and contributes to the mainstreaming of climate change adaptation into decision-making and planning on the municipal level. It will provide a certain overview of the knowledge of existing methodological approaches to climate change adaptation on the municipal level in the Nordic region.
The output from the workshops will be synthesized in a policy paper that is aimed to contribute to policy recommendations at future UNFCCC COPs and hopes to inform Nordic engagement and submissions to the Adaptation Committee´s work on the Global Goal on Adaptation as well as the Glasgow-Sharm el Sheik work program on the matter. The goal is that the policy paper will be a leading document for further Nordic cooperation on adaptation, especially for upcoming ECCA23 and/or COP28.
The conference design
The conference will be an on-site two day event, including a lecture day with key-note invited speakers and a workshop day including different workshops and presentations related to the workshop themes. There will be an option to watch the lectures on day one online via the internet, but on on-site attendance is required for day 2, the workshop day.
The Nordic Conference on Climate Change Adaptation (NOCCA) has taken place 5 times before. Previous conferences have been held in Bergen, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Stockholm and Norrköping.
Municipalities are on the forefront of a transition to planning and implementing climate change adaptation measures. With the new EU Strategy on Climate Change Adaptation was adopted in February 2021 and the impact of climate change more widely felt, climate policy is seeing renewed interest in adaptation measures as communities seek to vamp up their efforts to build climate resilience.
Anna Hulda Ólafsdóttir
Head of the National Knowledge Centre on Climate Change Adaptation
Icelandic Met Office
Western Norway Research Institute
Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
Icelandic Met Office
Deputy CEO and International Director
Agricultural University of Iceland
John Sverre Rønnevig
Danish Technical University DTU
Magnús Ö. Agnesar Sigurðsson
Umhverfis-, orku- og loftslagsráðuneyti
Marte Lange Vik
Western Norway University of Applied Sciences
University Centre of the Westfjords
Rick Pieter Kool
University of Helsinki
Swedish Environmental Protection Agency
Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities, University of Bergen