PR — For the first time ever, the EU’s overseas territories will come together to fight climate change and species loss on Reunion Islands. Ranging from tropical islands to polar regions the EU’s overseas outposts will propose a new dimension to EU environmental policy. They will work on developing effective policies and action for climate change adaptation, sustainable energy, biodiversity conservation and ecosystem management in EU overseas entities and beyond.
These regions are on the front line when it comes to the effects of climate change. They also boast some of the richest biodiversity in the world. New Caledonia has 2,423 endemic species – France has only 353. To survive, they need to work on adapting to the effects of climate change, conserving species and making sure that remaining natural habitats are protected.
HOW IT’S HAPPENING: The conference is an event of the upcoming French Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and will bring together the EU’s seven outermost regions and 21 overseas countries and territories, as well as governments from the EU and Small Island Developing States, international and regional organizations, research institutes, civil society and the private sector. The conference is organized by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), the Regional Council of Reunion Island, the French Observatory for the Impacts of Global Warming (ONERC) and the French Ministry of Internal Affairs, Overseas and Territorial Collectivities.