‘ Civil Society and Climate Change: on the road to Paris’
At the end of November 2015, the COP21 brought to Paris close to 200 states to negotiate and international agreement to control greenhouse gas emissions and address the effects of climate change. It is crucial that these negotiations among states are paralleled by bottom-up civil society initiatives. Civil society plays a pivotal role as a driver of policy change, policy implementation and the development of innovative solutions. Civil society and NGOs are also critical actors as they scrutinize the policy approaches of governments, raise expectations, monitor policies, offer credible assessments, disseminate good practices and act as a vehicle for public participation.
The 23rd EEAC Annual Conference focused on the role of civil society in climate change mitigation and adaptation processes, both relevant speakers as well as presenting interesting initiatives that mobilize front line actors were invited and joined the conference.
The conference was hosted by the French National Council for Ecological Change and the French Ministry for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy and took place on the 12th and 13th of November in Paris.