To Policy Makers

Climate Change is nowadays at the top of political agendas and it is a fundamental part of our work to contribute to the design of related policies, as well as to facilitate, through science, their application in a regulatory framework, consistent with the protection of the planet. Our involvement in the most relevant organizations, such as IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), IPBES (Intergovernmental Science- Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) or the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) is strategic for us.

The Policy Involvement,shows our ability to play an active role among the most authoritative actors in the field of climate change and climate policy. Such involvement is also a sign of international recognition, and a demonstration of our capacity to build relevant links and connections, addressing policy-makers at the highest levels.

BC3´s active role at COPs

One of our relevant contributions to the EU policy making process is taking part in the UNFCCC Side Events. These were established as a platform for observer organizations to highlight diverse climate change issues at UNFCCC conferences, and are a vital component of the UNFCCC sessions, as they provide opportunities for information dissemination, capacity building, policy discussions and a way to legitimize global governance.
BC3 is recognized by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as a Non-Governmental Organization and we have contributed to several side events at the Conferences of the Parties jointly with other leading Climate Change scientific and policy institutions.

BC3 has been playing an active role in these COPS.

October 11, 2017

Prof. Markandya one of International Adaptation experts authoring the UNEP Adaptation Gap Report 2017

UNEP’s Adaptation Gap Report series focuses on Finance, Technology and Knowledge gaps in climate change adaptation. It compliments the Emissions Gap Report series, and explores the implications of failing to close the emissions gap. The report builds on a 2014 assessment by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which laid out the concept of ‘adaptation gaps’ and outlined three such gaps: technology, finance and knowledge.
September 28, 2017

Research by BC3 researchers, Iñaki Arto and Anil Markandya, mentioned in Juncker’s State of the Union address of 13 Sep 2017 “Every additional €1 billion in exports supports 14,000 extra jobs in Europe”

Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, in his State of the Union of 13 September 2017, has referred for the second consecutive year to the report “EU Exports to the World: Effects on Employment and Income” authored by BC3 researchers, Dr. Iñaki Arto and Prof. Anil Markandya.
September 28, 2017

Prof. Maria Jose Sanz and Dr. Agustin del Prado participated in the IPCC “Second Lead Author Meeting for the Elaboration of the 2019 Refinement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories”

The Scientific Director of BC3, Prof.Maria Jose Sanz and Dr. Agustin del Prado, Senior researcher at BC3, participated in the IPCC "Second Lead Author Meeting for the Elaboration of the 2019 Refinement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories", that tool place in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (25 Sep - 28 Sep 2017).
August 23, 2017

Keynote by Prof.Unai Pascual on values and motivations for biosphere stewardship in the “Resilience Frontiers for Global Sustainability Conference”

Biosphere stewardship is about humans recognizing that they are part of and indeed dependent on the biosphere to maintain their own well-being. When humans recognize that, they are also responsible for the sustainable use and protection of the living systems we depend on. But what kind of knowledge systems, values, management practices, behaviour and governance arrangements could help foster this biosphere stewardship? Ikerbasque Professor Unai Pascual from the Basque Centre for Climate Change offered his views on the issue. He highlighted the benefits of incorporating relational values in ecosystem assessments.
June 21, 2017

“Forest accounting rules put EU’s climate credibility at risk” open letter signed by Maria Jose Sanz, Scientific Director of BC3, with other environmental scientists listed at the bottom of the article

"Forest mitigation should be measured using a scientifically-objective approach, not allowing countries to hide the impacts of policies that increase net emissions", writes a group of environmental scientists led by Dr Joanna I House. Dr Joanna I House is a reader in environmental science and policy at the Cabot Institute, University of Bristol, UK. She co-signed this open letter with other environmental scientists listed at the bottom of the article.
May 16, 2017

The BC3 researcher, Marta Olazabal, addresses a speech on the event “Jornadas sobre la revisión de las Directrices de Ordenación Territorial (DOT)”, San Sebastian, May 17.

The BC3 researcher, Marta Olazabal, addresses a speech on the event “Jornadas sobre la revisión de las Directrices de Ordenación Territorial (DOT)”, San Sebastian, May 17.
May 15, 2017

BC3 co-chairs a session on Adaptation Tracking at the “3rd European Climate Change Adaptation Conference”, Glasgow 2017

Researchers from BC3, McGill University and Wageningen University organize a parallel session in the main reference forum on climate change adaptation at European scale, the "European Climate Change Adaptation Conference 2017" that is to held in Glasgow from the 5th to the 9th of June. This parallel session will focus on the challenges of measuring the progress on adaptation at multiple levels.
December 2, 2016

ITTO´s News Release: “REDD+ capacity building essential for implementing Paris Agreement, say experts”

This news has been released by ITTO (International Tropical Timber Organization).The news covers the Side Event organized at COP22 where the Scientific Director of BC3, Prof. Maria Jose Sanz partipated as REDD+ expert.
November 19, 2016

Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action

The Marrakech call is loud and clear: nothing can stop global climate action. The momentum for the adoption of the Paris Agreement was enabled by Parties and non-Parties stakeholders taking action to address climate change and undertaking to progressively enhance the ambition of this action. Almost all Parties communicated INDCs, and coalitions of thousands of cities, regions, companies and investors from across the world announced voluntary commitments to support the implementation of the ambitious climate action.
November 16, 2016

María José Sanz, Scientific Director of BC3, interview at COP22

Prof. María José Sanz, directora del Centro Vasco de Cambio Climático BC3, -parte de la red internacional de centros en cambio climático INCCCETT junto al (CR)2- comentó la relevancia del rol de la ciencia en el apoyo a la toma de decisiones políticas.

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