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From Avignon to Marrakech: IFGR on the road to the COP22

The COP22 will take place in Marrakech from 7 to 18 November. It should substantiate the Paris Agreement, signed during the COP21 last year, which will become enforceable at the beginning of November. At the interface between the worlds of scientific research, economic actors and political decision-making, IFGR is an original lever for action for deploying solutions to mitigate the effects of climate change and to adapt to them.

A plea for the deltas

The third international session of IFGR, bearing the COP22 label, was held in Avignon from 11 to 14 October. On this occasion, the 19 representatives of rivers present drafted a plea demanding that concrete commitments be made in favour of deltas. The latter form the front line facing the impacts of climate change. However, they accommodate and give life to 8% of the world’s population (500 million people). Their lands are hit by even more intense pressure (droughts and floods, rising sea water, exploitation of soils, etc.). 150 million climate refugees are forecast in the future.

The panellists of Initiatives for the Future of Great Rivers during its third session at Avignon, from 11 to 14 October 2016.

Convictions and concrete commitments

In particular the panellists were committed to assisting the sharing and dissemination of knowledge on the different themes associated with deltas: climate change and infectious diseases, adapting agriculture to water stress and salinization, and controlling the extraction of natural resources (fossil fuels, water) – one of the main causes of land subsidence. The projects initiated during the session included drafting a manual inventorying the systems capable of measuring the load capacity of deltas. This approach is aimed at evaluating the maximum quantity of activities (tourism, extractions, agriculture, infrastructures, pollution, urbanisation) that can be borne by the environment without it being affected irreversibly.

In order to give voice to its messages and commitments, IFGR was invited to the COP22 to organise a side-event on 9 November called “Rivers: challenges, stakes and solutions in the face of climate change”.

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