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Past Maastricht Event: Policy Solutions to Climate Change Challenges

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The Inequalities of Climate Change and why the International Community is involved

BY KATERINA TRIANTOS
@ POLICY SOLUTIONS TO CLIMATE CHANGE CHALLENGES ON APR 19, 2017

In her presentation, Katerina Triantos talks about the risks attached to global climate change at the regional and local level. 

The increasingly severe risks that occur as a result of global climate change cannot be mitigated by current practices and are offsetting more local attempts of controlling for risks.

It becomes apparent climate change and its risks cannot be resolved by the risk community alone, but will require innovative practices and collaborations within multiple levels and across multiple sectors.

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Towards a Circular Economy

BY IULIA FALCAN
@ POLICY SOLUTIONS TO CLIMATE CHANGE CHALLENGES ON APR 19, 2017

Iulia Falcan shares the concept of circular economy, refering broadly to reducing waste as much as possible on one side, and developing long lasting and re-usable day-to-day products on the other, thus limiting the negative impact that waste has on the natural environment.  

The concept of circular economy encompasses many phenomena, of varying degrees of complexity, that allow even the most seemingly disengaged person to have a positive impact on the environment.

Dipping your toe into the sea of knowledge on ways towards environmental sustainability can be overwhelming. However, be assured that there are many small changes anyone can make that will have a positive impact!

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Innovative Conservation Policies: Lessons from the Sacred Groves in India

BY NRUPAJA BHIDE
@ POLICY SOLUTIONS TO CLIMATE CHANGE CHALLENGES ON APR 19, 2017

Sacred groves are an ancient tradition in India in which a part of the forest is offered to the local deities and protected from all human intervention. This kind of social fencing has been successful in conserving innumerable forest patches in India in pristine condition. In this presentation, Nrupaja Bhide highlights the role of local communities in conservation and the influence that informal institutions have in policy making. 

The topic is about sacred groves in India,about how these community-protected forests have thrived for so many years and how such conservation measures can be imitated in other places. 

Nrupaja chose this topic because she has been visiting a sacred grove near her city since childhood and have seen the toll that fading religious beliefs and the increasing pressure of development have taken on this beautiful forest. It is imperative that more and more people understand the important role that culture plays in determining how sustainable a community is, and to protect such practices in this fast changing world. 

She would like to showcase these rare treasures that can be found in India but also highlight the importance of individual and community level action, especially for conservation, and also to help us tackle other issues related to climate change. 

 

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Politics, Policy and Pollution Masks: Anecdotes from the Streets of New Delhi

BY PRAACHI KUMAR
@ POLICY SOLUTIONS TO CLIMATE CHANGE CHALLENGES ON APR 19, 2017

In the winter of 2015, the condition of air pollution in Delhi was described as ‘severe’. PM 2.5 was 16 times the safe limit. The smog taking over the most polluted city in the world was hazardous to human health. The state and central governments, with contrasting policy narratives and intentions, were able to effectively engage its citizens to help mitigate the problem.  

So Praachi Kumar asks: How can policy nudge non-state actors to become mutually accountable for transformative change?

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Restoring A Salt Lake: A livelihoods approach

BY SHUAN SADREGHAZI
@ POLICY SOLUTIONS TO CLIMATE CHANGE CHALLENGES ON APR 19, 2017

Urmia lake is a slat lake in Northwest Iran, near the border from Turkey. At its greatest extent, it was the largest lake in the Middle East and the sixth-largest saltwater lake on Earth. Due to a wide range of issues, mostly man-made, the lake had shrunk to 10% of its former size. A national and international initiatives started to restore the lake. One of those initiatives focused on livelihoods of the communities around the lake. In this presentation, Shuan SadreGhazi tells the story of the lake and of the initiative to save it.

Shuan cares about the lake because it is near to his hometown. The problem that has happened for the lake is a typical case when climate change and human negligence lead to a wide range of social, environmental and economic problems. He is glad that some of the interventions are starting to bear fruit.

 

Iulia Falcan
PhD candidate, UNU-MERIT in Maastricht
Katerina Triantos
MSc Public Policy and Human Development: Risk and Vulnerability Student, UNU-MERIT in Maastricht
Shuan SadreGhazi
Researcher, United Nations University (UNU-MERIT) in Maastricht
Praachi Kumar
Consultant in Maastricht
Nrupaja Bhide
MSc. Public Policy and Human Development at United Nations University-MERIT