The COP21 in Paris last December reached a historic and ambitious agreement. The target was set high: to hold the increase of global average temperature to well below 2°C and pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. Furthermore, this is the first international agreement to put the need for adaptation on similar footing with the need for mitigation. It includes a long-term goal for adaptation and creates expectations that all countries will outline increasingly ambitious plans for national adaptation action over time.
Europe thus faces the challenge to make the transition to clean energy and to shift away from fossil fuels, while continuing to increase its climate resilience. This momentum and ambition presents new challenges also to the wider realm of climate research, to provide the knowledge base needed in support of that transition, as well as for adaption and prevention of impending climate risks.
In this context, we are contacting you to help us shape the JPI Climate’s research agenda 2016-2025 (strategy and its implementation), which will contribute to the associated transition and challenges.
The Joint Programming Initiative “Connecting Climate Knowledge for Europe” (JPI Climate) is a pan-European intergovernmental initiative gathering 20 European countries to jointly coordinate climate research and fund new transnational research initiatives that provide useful climate knowledge and services for post-COP21 Climate Action.
JPI Climate is currently revising the Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) that has guided its activities since 2011. The intention is to reflect recent developments, both in climate and climate-related research, and the political and socio-economic environment. As a potential beneficiary of this research and the knowledge generated, we believe that it is important to include your input into revising this SRA. This is an opportunity for you to contribute to guiding the strategic directions and influence the long-term agenda of JPI Climate.
We therefore invite you to contribute to the consultation that will inform the updating of the JPI Climate strategic agenda and the next steps towards its implementation.
One of the aims of this consultation is to get information on what issues could potentially be addressed by JPI Climate to respond to the challenges proposed in the revised SRA, and how those issues could be tackled, including how to do so most effectively and efficiently. Your responses to this consultation will allow us to better understand where JPI Climate can add value and have the greatest Impact.
The consultation has now been open since 8 February 2016 and will run until 1 April 2016. Please submit your response to this consultation by 1 April 2016 at the latest. To respond, access the questionnaire here.
While we appreciate all contributions made, please be advised that the inputs received will go through a consolidation phase, including further considerations and contributions to be made by the JPI Climate Transdisciplinary Advisory Board (TAB). The consolidated inputs will then be brought to the JPI Climate Governing Board (GB) for ultimate decisions on the SRA and its implementation.