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  • EDITORIAL - NEWSLETTER #21- Summer 2015

    EDK The assessment presented in the last report by the intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) and that contained in the report titled Climate in France in the 21st century leave absolutely no doubts. Climate disturbances caused by human activities will affect water resources and aquatic environments by modifying precipitation levels, evaporation, the availability of surface water and groundwater, and the biodiversity of aquatic environments as well as impacting numerous economic sectors.

    In 2011, France adopted its National plan for adaptation to climate change and recently declared that climate change is a major national issue . The conference of the parites to the U.N Framework convention on climate change (COP21) will be held in PARIS from 30 November to 11 December 2015. This event, also called Paris Climat 2015 , should result in a new international agreement to maintain global warming under the 2°C limit.

    Today, efforts to adapt to the challenges raised by climate change and the need to preserve water resources and aquatic environments have become major issues that must be addressed in parallel with the work to reduce emissions of greenhouse gasses. Plans for water management, e.g. the SBMPs (Sub-basin management plans), must take into account the results and projections produced by scientific studies on climate change and set priorities for future action. That is why Onema, the Water agencies and the Ecology ministry organised last February a symposium for water and climate scientists, on the one hand, and elected officials in change of managing water and aquatic environments, on the other.The objective of the meeting, an element in the work leading up to the COP21 conference, was to encourage dialogue, an essential factor in transforming scientific knowledge into actual planning and management policy.

    Onema is a technical organisation that finances and manages research to better understand the impact of climate change on water resources and aquatic environments. This work has demonstrated that it is important to pursue and enhance measures to restore and preserve correct functioning of aquatic environments because their good conditions makes them more resilient to the disruptions caused by climate change. Making sure that these results are rapidly available to elected officials and water managers is a priority. In the Field , Onema personel continue to monitor the environment and collect data for comparison with the data on climate-change phenomena. Finally , the recent launch of the National databank on water abstractions (BNPE) will provide all water stakeholders with access to quantitative data on water abstractions. This issues of the Onema letter will provide you with more information on all these issues.


    Elisabeth Dupont Kerlan,

    Onema general director


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