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Development and Adaptation Days at COP10

11-12 December 2004, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Daily web coverage:
Saturday 11 Dec

The "Development and Adaptation Days at COP-10" event took place at the Castelar Hotel in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 11-12 December 2004. The event was organized by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) in collaboration with the Regional and International Networking Group (RING), a global alliance of research and policy organizations. Taking place alongside the tenth Conference of the Parties (COP-10) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Development and Adaptation Days event was convened to raise the profile of adaptation and its linkages with development concerns, with a particular focus on the effects of climate change on the world's poor – the group that will be most affected by the impacts of climate change. Recognizing that issues of poverty, development and climate change are connected, the event featured more than 40 speakers on these issues, as well as extended discussions and question-and-answer sessions. Approximately 100 people attended the two-day meeting, including representatives of governments, international and intergovernmental organizations, academia, business, and non-governmental organizations.

On the first day of the meeting, designated as "Development Day," sessions were held on climate change and development, food security and disaster planning, and water and health. The second day, which focused on adaptation, will include discussions on the science of adaptation, funding adaptation, and "adaptation in action." Both days will include high-level discussions. The event, which is the third of its kind to be held so far, attracted negotiators, academics, journalists, and representatives of the UN, intergovernmental organizations and civil society.

Sunday, 12 December
Panel: The Science of Adaptation


Chair Osvaldo Canziani, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) [email protected]) (left) and Dieter Schoene, Food and Agriculture Organization (right) ([email protected])


Richard Klein, PIK ([email protected]) and Emma Tompkins ([email protected]) and Emily Boyd ([email protected]), Tynall Center for Climate Change Research
Sally Kane, National Science Foundation ([email protected])


Ian Burton, AIACC ([email protected]), and Emma Tompkins and Emily Boyd, Tynall Center for Climate Change Research, UK

Sivan Kartha, Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden ([email protected])



Panel: Funding Adaptation


Ian Noble, World Bank ([email protected]), Boni Biagini, Global Environmental Facility ([email protected]), and Chair Jos Wheatley, Department for International Development (DFID) ([email protected])

Brian Dawson, UNDP ([email protected]), and Loret Ruppe, US Agency for International Development ([email protected]) (left) and Liza Leclerc, UNEP ([email protected]) (right)

Panel: Adaptation in Action


Chair Atiq Rahman, Bangladesh Center for Advanced Studies ([email protected]), Stanley James, Arctic Athabaskan Council, Canada ([email protected]), and Brett Orlando, IUCN ([email protected]), and Chair Rahman (right)



Samrat Sengupta, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF),India ([email protected]) (left) and Ahsan Uddin Ahmed, Centre for Water and Environment, Bangladesh ([email protected])

Phil O'Keefe ETC Foundation, Netherlands ([email protected]), Brett Orlando, IUCN ([email protected]) Balgis Osman Elasha, Higher Council for Environment and Natural Resources ([email protected])

Valentin Bartra Abensur, Alfonso De La Torre law firm, Peru ([email protected]) (left)

High level panel

Saleemul Huq, IIED ([email protected]), and Rajendra Pachauri, IPCC Chair ([email protected]) (left) and Saleemul Huq with Liana Bratasida, Indonesia (right)

Halldor Thorgeirsson, UNFCCC ([email protected]) (left) and Marc Debois, European Commission ([email protected]), Farhana Yamin, IDS ([email protected]), and Burnhani Nyenzi, World Meteorological Organzation (WMO) ([email protected])(right)



Carlos Corvalan, World Health Organization ([email protected])(left)



Miscellaneous Photos





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