INTERPRAEVENT 2016, the international natural hazards congress, opened today in Lucerne. Over 500 international experts will discuss the latest developments in research and practice over the four-day event. In his opening address, Marc Chardonnens, Director of the FOEN, noted that the issue of natural hazards and protection against them is more important than ever in Switzerland.
Interpraevent 2016, this year‘s international congress on natural hazards, takes place from 30 May to 2 June in Switzerland. The congress is one of the key global events in the field of natural hazards. It will be opened by Marc Chardonnens, Director of the FOEN, and Margareta Wahlström, who was Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) until 2015.
Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard has signed the Paris Climate Agreement on behalf of Switzerland at an official ceremony at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Ms Leuthard, head of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications DETEC, called the agreement “a solid basis for innovation and new technologies, and so for a low-emission economy”. She wants to see the Agreement implemented as soon as possible.
On 22 April Federal Councillor Leuthard will be in New York to sign the Paris Climate Agreement on behalf of Switzerland at an official ceremony to be held at the United Nations Headquarters. The Paris Climate Agreement regulates international climate policy for the period beyond 2020.
The topic of sustainability in connection with financial market policy is currently gaining in importance both in Switzerland and globally. The impact of climate change and other environmental aspects on the stability of the financial system is currently being discussed in international financial bodies such as the G20. At its meeting today, the Federal Council defined Switzerland's role in this work and thereby laid the foundation for a consistent policy for Switzerland.
Negotiations between Switzerland and the European Union (EU) on linking their emissions trading schemes have concluded. Bruno Oberle, Director of the Federal Office for the Environment (until the end of 2015), Dominique Paravicini, Deputy Director of the Directorate for European Affairs (DEA), and Jos Delbeke, Director General of the EU’s Directorate-General for Climate Action, have initialled the agreement. The expansion of the international CO2 market by linking national or regional emissions trading schemes can provide an effective means of combating climate change.
President Simonetta Sommaruga represented Switzerland at the meeting of heads of state and government at the start of the 21st UN Climate Change Conference (COP 21) in Paris. In her speech, she called for the conclusion of a universal and binding climate protection agreement. Global warming and the related consequences for humankind and the environment are among the most urgent challenges faced by the international community today, said Ms Sommaruga in Paris on Monday. All countries are therefore called upon to make an effective contribution to limiting climate change.
The long-term systematic monitoring of Switzerland’s glaciers is now assured. The responsible actors from scientific institutes and the administration signed agreements governing the glacier monitoring in Bern today. As a result, 105 glaciers will be monitored in the long term. The related data for the fields of climate, water, natural hazards and the environment will be made available to a wide audience on an internet platform. The glaciers have been melting for decades due to climate warming, therefore their monitoring is very important.
National award for geo.admin.ch, the geoportal of the Swiss Confederation. The portal received the “2015 eGovernment special prize” at the ninth national eGovernment Symposium, which was held on 24 November 2015 in Bern.
How can we draw on existing knowledge about the climate as part of the decision-making process? The National Centre for Climate Services NCCS helps government departments, politicians, the business sector and society to recognise the risks and opportunities. This in turn enables the risks to be reduced, opportunities to be exploited and costs to be optimised. The groundwork which is laid by the NCCS and various specialist departments helps to set the relevant players on the right track for a future in the context of climate change.