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CRP 2003: presentation

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The 2003 call for research proposals was issued under the "GICC" Climate Change Management and Impacts programme coordinated by the French Ministry for Ecology and Sustainable Development in close collaboration with the Joint Ministerial Working Party on the Greenhouse Effect. It followed on from the calls for proposals sent out in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002 under the GICC programme.

The overall objective continues to be to develop knowledge which will assist decision makers in choosing the best strategies to prevent worsening of the greenhouse effect and for adapting to Climate Change, in the context both of pursuing international negotiations following the Kyoto Protocol and introducing measures to implement the "PNLCC" (National Programme to Combat Climate Change) and the missions of ONERC (National Observatory on the Effects of Climate Change).

The programme retains many of the same concerns, and studies relating to these need to be continued and further developed (especially in terms of the consequences of climate change on risks associated with extreme events). It also aims to place greater emphasis:

- firstly, on the regional setting (which is defined in more detail in the introduction to topic II below), both from the point of view of the physics of Climate Change (changes in average and extreme climate features), and from the point of view of how CC is perceived in society, its environmental and economic impacts and the implementation of public policies to combat greenhouse gases and manage climate change and the technological innovations associated with it; and secondly, on links with the living world, human health, biodiversity and in the long term, emerging diseases in the plant kingdom.

This call for proposals also aims to develop both:

research in disciplines which until now have not focused a great deal of attention on the subject of climate change: sociology, international relations, legal scienceā€¦ ;

and interdisciplinary research between exact sciences and humanities and social sciences.

It covers five major research topics:

  • decision-making, players involved and the international scene;
  • strategies to reduce GHG emissions and adapt to the impacts of CC on a regional scale;
  • GHG emissions and GHG sinks
  • climate change and health;
  • biodiversity and climate change.