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The Energy and Resources Institute, Yale University and World Environment Center to Present Strategies for Managing Climate Change and Water Vulnerability at Copenhagen Climate Summit

WASHINGTON D.C., Dec. 08 /CSRwire/ - The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), Yale University and the World Environment Center (WEC) will host a special event on "Climate Change and Water Vulnerability: Strategies and Practices for Emerging Water Management and Governance Challenges" on December 12 from 2:30-3:45p.m. at the historic Kronborg Castle in Copenhagen.

Representatives from TERI and The Coca-Cola Company will examine critical inter-related global challenges of climate change and water supply access and vulnerability. The review of these critical issues will be accompanied by the public release of a TERI White Paper entitled "Climate Change and Water Vulnerability: Strategies and Practices for Emerging Water Management and Governance Challenges." The TERI/Yale/WEC event will be held in conjunction with a special event organized by the Copenhagen Climate Council and the United Nations Global Compact. Descriptions of each event are available online at http://www.copenhagenclimatecouncil.com/get-informed/news/to-be-or-not-to-be-new-leadership-for-a-sustainable-economy.html

"The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in its Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) assessed in depth the complex linkages between climate change and water," noted Dr. R.K. Pachauri, TERI Director General and Chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. "Based on projects of the IPCC report it becomes clear that not very far in the future some parts of the world would have large numbers of people living under water stress, such as 75 to 250 million people in Africa alone by 2020. There is, therefore, an urgent need to assess the impacts of climate change on water and devise adaptation measures including management structures and processes by which we can deal with this challenge. The white paper prepared for this Summit provides a comprehensive assessment of this challenge, and TERI as well as the Yale Climate and Energy Institute greatly appreciate the involvement and support of Coca-Cola towards this useful exercise." "As a beverage company, we know how important water is to humans, businesses and ecosystems," said Jeff Seabright, Coca-Cola's Vice President for Environment and Water Resources. "Climate change will further stress water resources in the coming decades. This report is a wake-up call that we need to get serious about managing this precious resource as part of a climate adaptation strategy."

"Climate change is expanding the vulnerability of both people and ecosystems to disruptive impacts such as increased frequency and intensity of weather events, alteration of agricultural productivity and access to potable water supplies," noted Dr. Terry F. Yosie, WEC’s President and CEO. "Focused, collaborative action among business, government, non-governmental organizations and citizens is essential to our ability to resolve the challenges that lie ahead."

This White Paper was developed with support from The Coca-Cola Company.

This announcement is also available through CSRWire.

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