Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Focusing on resilience

PR Newswire: "A focus on ‘resilience,’ on climate adaptation, must be at the center of any realistic approach to climate change. That is why we're here on this first day of Climate Week NYC," commented Global Adaptation Institute CEO Dr. Juan Jose Daboub to reporters after the keynote panel discussion on "Risk and Resilience," co-sponsored by Swiss Re and the Climate Group.

"The need for urgent action on adaptation measures is supported by the study Swiss Re released today that finds cost-effective adaptation measures can mitigate potential loss by 90 percent in some cases. Global Adaptation Institute (www.GlobalAdaptationInstitute.org) endorses this important focus on climate resilience," affirmed Daboub at the climate gathering.

One participant termed today's Climate Week NYC event on resilience/adaptation "an excellent follow-on" to last week's high-level session in Washington where Global Adaptation Institute hosted 30 top people for a one and a half day strategy session on this key environmental topic of climate adaptation.

…"Private investment is absolutely vital. Our Institute will directly fund initiatives that build resilience to climate change ('global warming'). It will be positive if the UN Framework Conference on Climate Change (UNFCCC) increases its focus on Adaptation, but vulnerable populations can't wait for the Kyoto Protocol or other global treaties on carbon and greenhouse gases to save them," Daboub emphasized at today's New York event against the backdrop of the annual UN General Assembly, amid preparations for the Cancun Climate Summit/COP-16 meeting in December….

George McCord's "New York Harbor"

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