28 June 2023

Highlights of the virtual workshop with our sister projects at the Sustainable Places Conference 2023

Thanks to the workshop, we were able to unite with our sister projects and set the basis for collaborating effectively!

The workshop participants engaged in a lively debate, questioning the feasibility of achieving a purely quantitative approach in decision-making processes for climate adaptation and mitigation.

The representatives of DISTENDER, NEVERMORE and KNOWING explored alternative approaches that integrate quantitative and qualitative elements, aiming for more comprehensive decision-making frameworks.

One of the key topics of the session was the integration of the integrated assessment model approach at the local level. The NEVERMORE project, focused on identifying climate hazards and their probabilities by providing valuable insights into this aspect. Participants discussed ways to bridge the gap between global models and local decision-making by tailoring and adapting the integrated assessment model approach to specific contexts.

The discussion also highlighted the unique challenge of bridging the gap between policymakers and modelers in addressing the non-linear effects of climate change. The participants recognized the complexity of climate-related issues and stressed the need for effective communication and collaboration between these two groups to develop effective strategies.

In summary, the workshop emphasized the need to break down vast amounts of knowledge, connect it with relevant legislation such as the EU Taxonomy, and make it accessible to local decision-makers. The participants underscored the significance of considering multiple dimensions of adaptation and mitigation strategies, as showcased by the DISTENDER project’s Decision Support System.

The workshop concluded with the understanding that decision-making processes should embrace both quantitative and qualitative elements, incorporating diverse perspectives and expertise. By doing so, policymakers and decision-makers can navigate the complexities of climate change and make informed choices that are both data-driven and socially responsible.