It’s raining, it’s pouring… it’s time to be adapting

The global project Assessments of Impacts and Adaptations to Climate Change (AIACC) convened its Second AIACC Regional Workshop for Latin America and the Caribbean in Buenos Aires on 24 – 27 August 2004, just three months prior to the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The workshop brought together investigators from six AIACC assessments in Central and South America, Mexico and the Caribbean, participants of other regional assessments, public and private sector stakeholders, and members of the policy and scientific communities of the region and beyond.

Presentations and discussions at the workshop included findings from recent and ongoing assessments in Latin America and the Caribbean about observed climate trends and projected changes, socioeconomic changes,
present climate risks, potential future impacts, vulnerability, and options and capacity for adapting to climate change. Also discussed were means of linking scientific assessments with decision-making, integration of adaptation into development policies, capacity building needs, national communications to the UNFCCC, and priorities for activities to follow the current AIACC project.

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