Adapting to climate change using market based solutions in the Danube-Carpathian Region
Two practical nature and business type of solutions will be presented to reduce climate change vulnerability in the Danube-Carpathian region.
In the Danube Delta, the overall goal was to contribute to biodiversity conservation and improved local livelihoods for communities by mainstreaming climate change adaptation and mitigation in local and regional (trans-boundary) policies and plans. A trans-boundary Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan has been established, that delivers benefits to both ecosystems and local livelihoods as demonstrated by pilot activities at local level. These pilot activities included green energy generation based on wetland resources, increased awareness of local authorities and communities on bioenergy production and mobilising local entrepreneurs to take action on developing such alternatives.
Along the river Tisza, together with local communities, WWF is working on a unique, on-the-ground market based conservation project hat have synergystic effects. The project wishes to accelerate a process in disadvantaged marginal village communities to improve ecosystem management practices while diversifying local income streams. In addition, this project has been successful in reducing climate change vulnerability and increasing local resilience.
Tisza River is one of the most important ecological corridors and most sensitive water arteries in Central Eastern Europe. Due to the rapid expansion of invasive species the original vegetation has been forced back and the flood capacity has significantly decreased. A new partnership has been built and wild bushes of the highly invasive Amorpha species has started to be harvested and tested as bioenergy source for the communities and for energy producers.