The 2012 Global Conference on Oceans, Climate and Security Planning Team is pleased to announce a change of venue for the GC’12 (previously known by the acronym GCOCS) scheduled for May 21-23, 2012. To maximize participation in a challenging economic climate, GC’12 will now be hosted at the beautiful facilities of UMASS Boston Campus Center and the adjacent John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. The Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate and Security at UMASS Boston will assume GC’12 administration and management responsibility from Battelle Memorial Institute who ably provided Conference administration to the point of opening registration. We are pleased to acknowledge the continued support of Battelle Memorial Institute as a GC’12 Diamond Sponsor valued supporter. GC’12 registration will open mid-January 2012. For more information, visit www.gcocs.org.
December 16, 2011
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The report states that globally there is “a growing recognition that, no matter what steps may be taken to control greenhouse gas emissions, we need action to prepare for the likely impacts of greater climate variability and climate change. Governments increasingly realize that they need to make hard policy choices today about a world they may face in 20, 30, or 40 years from now—choices that take into account the scale, pace, and complexity of the risks presented by a changing climate.” This realization on the part of national leaders is evident by the organization and attendance of events such as global UN Climate Change Conferences, agreements like the Kyoto Protocol, and national security approaches to climate change and mitigation.
The WRI’s report is intended for countries that will continue or begin to make critical decisions regarding climate change for their own countries and communities, as well as globally. The report contains “five critical elements that will significantly strengthen the ability of national governments to make effective adaptation decisions:”
Early and ongoing public engagement on climate change issues, to ensure that people appreciate the risks, understand policy decisions, and have a voice in how they are implemented and monitored.
Information, such as geographically relevant weather data, that is easily accessible, can be shared with those affected, and used effectively to make informed decisions for varying time-scales.
Institutional design that allows governments to coordinate among agencies and stakeholders at local, sub-national, regional, and international levels, and to prioritize climate risks in plan- ning and policymaking processes.
Resources—financial, human, ecological, and social—at every level and over time.
Tools to help governments assess climate risks and vulnerabilities, and decide among policy options. Some tools, such as hazard mapping, may be in place already, but need to be customized to support adaptation planning and policymaking; others will need to be created to meet the challenges and uncertainties that lie ahead.
The report states that it can serve as a guide for any country and its policymakers, especially those in developing countries.
The temporary Development Assistant for the Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate, and Security will take a lead in helping coordinate and facilitate meetings, research, identify and disseminate funding source information to CIOCS community, prepare and submit proposals to meet Institute priorities and goals, and provide grants administration support to successfully funded applicants, as needed. The Development Assistant will also: assist in assessing CIOCS needs through facilitating focus group sessions, developing and administering surveys, and recommending projects for proposal development; serve as an articulate, enthusiastic, and visible spokesperson for the organization; actively serve as a member of the senior management team, working collaboratively with scientists, conservation, external affairs, and finance staff on fundraising and administration tasks; provide assessment and feedback on CIOCS’s overall development program, providing mentorship and direction to other interns, volunteers and staff as appropriate; execute Institute convening’s and events from conception to post event wrap up including facilitating agenda creation and implementing and/or supervising logistics; work collaboratively with staff, faculty, and CIOCS collaborators to conceptualize, draft, and develop grant proposals; prepare draft applications for review and development; provide ongoing grants management/administration support to successfully funded grants, including serving as liaison to funding agency and within the college; prepare various marketing materials for the department; compile data for use in reporting development activities; conduct ongoing research on public and private funding opportunities at the local, state, and national level; and review and interpret funding solicitations and announcements from public and private funding sources and remains current in funding trends and themes.