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In 2015, France will be hosting and presiding the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11), otherwise known as “Paris 2015” from November 30th to December 11th.

COP21 will be a crucial conference, as it needs to achieve a new international agreement on the climate, applicable to all countries, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.

In this context, the French National Research Agency (ANR) takes action through a specific communication campaign. The agency will notably highlight some research projects funded on climate change. ANR thus organised the symposium “Coping with climate change / The contribution of collaborative research projects” on July 6th, 2015 in Paris.

ANR will be present alongside other public research actors at the civil society “village” (Paris – Le Bourget site) at COP21. The agency will also be participating from 4 to 10 December at COP21’s second site at Paris’s Grand Palais (shared “general public” stand also featuring research actors.)

For more than thirty years, the international scientific community has developed numerous research studies about how the Earth's climate functions and the role of human activities in observed climate change. The contribution of the French scientific community has made widely-recognised contributions, especially research efforts in the reconstruction of past climates, the greenhouse gas cycle, Earth observation, climate scenarios and their impacts. Beyond this research, new multidisciplinary themes have emerged over the last ten years enabling societies to better cope with climate change impacts.

Since its creation in 2005, the French National Research Agency (ANR) has funded numerous collaborative and multidisciplinary projects contributing significantly to knowledge on:

  • fundamental processes related to climate change, and observation and simulation methods;
  • impacts of climate variability and change on various environment and induced vulnerabilities for societies;
     
  • mitigation strategies in terms of modes of governance, policies and instruments for implementation, adaptation forms for ecosystem management and production patterns;
     
  • potential alternatives in terms of resource management (water, soil, land and marine biodiversity, forest ...), agricultural and food production, management of urban and rural areas, waste recovery and energy production.
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