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The scientific perspective on adaptation to climate change

On 29 and 30 September 2010, the National Ecology Institute (INE), the National Water Commission (CNA) and the Mexican Academy of Sciences organised a meeting of scientists from different fields to discuss the issue of adaptation to climate change. The specific objectives are:

  • Define actions to adapt to climate change sectors and global regions, short and long term;
  • Discuss the possible international cooperation between developed and developing countries;
  • Identifying international financial support for projects.


The dynamic allowed the exhibitors to present their studies in several round tables, however the question and discussion time was too short. The following
topics were covered and presentations from the researchers may consult the INE

  • Adaptation costs
  • Actions and programs
  • Opportunities and synergies,
  • Risk reduction and technology
  • Regional needs,
  • Water resources,
  • Agriculture and Food Security
  • Human health,
  • Cities and energy
  • Ecosystem and forestry

At the end of the event, there was a brief discussion on a draft produced by several of the speakers and organizers during the two-day meeting, which brings certain elements of how science and technology can and should collaborate with other sectors of society and tackle the challenge of adaptation.

Read the document which will be presented at COP 16: