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Topsoil attends COP24

24 December 2018 - Published by Jens Uvijn

The twenty-fourth session of the Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP 24) took place in Katowice (Poland) from 2 to 14 December 2018.

On 8 December 2018, the Interreg Climate Change Network held a session presenting "Interreg contribution to climate change adaptation: discover results and funding opportunities". The aim of this session was to show examples of relevant projects, and to provide the audience with information about how to benefit from the current funding research opportunities available.

The session started with a brief introduction to ‘what is Interreg’ and a presentation of the Interact Climate Change Network.

Then, Speakers representing different climate change projects were invited to present their experiences as lead partners.

First, Dr. Anna Starzewska-Sikorska, from the Institute of Ecology of Industrial Areas in Poland, introduced two project examples from the Interreg Central Europe Programme: CIRCUSE and LUMAT.

Afterwards, Mr. Rolf Johnsen from Central Denmark Region presented the main features of the TOPSOIL project  from the Interreg North Sea Programme.


Finally, Dr. Monika Strojecka-Gevorgyan, from the Ministry of Investment and Economic Development of Poland expressed the importance of Interreg as a funding instrument for climate change projects. Two key examples were mentioned: FramWat dealing with natural small water retention measures, and CE-HEAT focusing economic eligibility of waste heat exploitation.

The session ended with a quiz testing how much the audience had learned from Interreg programmes and projects dealing with climate change adaptation, as well as where to find information about existing projects and upcoming calls for proposals.