Climate Forum Project holds final conference in Bucharest

Forum partners discuss platform’s climate action role in Romania and beyond

April 25, 2016

Climate ForumThe Final Conference of the Climate Forum Project took place in Bucharest on April 20, 2016. The project is supported by the EEA Grants 2009–2014 programme through the NGO Fund in Romania.

The Climate Forum was established to develop and allow multi-sectoral and inter-institutional interaction and cooperation on the subject of climate change. The initial development of an organised framework that is accessible to several stakeholder target groups has been instrumental in promoting the most relevant recommendations and solutions proposed by the three working groups (i.e. energy efficiency, sustainable transport and communication) established within the project and in granting visibility to the efforts and best practices of authorities and organisations working in the field of climate change.

The closing event was attended by representatives of central and local authorities, the business sector, NGO, academia and mass media. Laszlo Borbely, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee and President of the Subcommittee for Sustainable Development of the Chamber of Deputies of the Romanian Parliament, and a member of the Board of Directors of the REC, opened the event by claiming that the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in the context of approaching climate change, will be pivotal for the future.

“It is very important to create communications platforms that attract the representatives of the civil sector and to exploit the knowledge and experience of those NGOs and professionals that are dealing with climate change matters,” Borbely explained. “There is a need to establish an advisory council, besides the parliamentary subcommittee, as is done in other countries. This council should be formed by leaders and representatives of NGOs who are engaged in concrete projects linked to the SDGs. We would also invite the representatives of the Romanian Academy and civil society.”

The Ministry of Environment, Waters and Forestry, represented by Dumitra Mereuta, spoke about the post COP-21 phase and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Norwegian Project partner, GRID Arendal, represented by its project manager, Ieva Rucevska, shared the Norwegian experience in developing and nurturing sustainable, low carbon societies.

During the event, the project team presented the concept, objectives and results of the Climate Forum Project. Other invited speakers outlined the undertaken synergetic actions with the aid of case studies collected since the inception of the project.

Three close-to-final recommendation papers on energy efficiency, sustainable transport and communication were distributed to the partners. Their final suggestions will be ultimately incorporated into the final sectoral papers that will form the basis for a comprehensive position paper, which will be shared with the decision makers by the end of the month.