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Workshop Report: Partnering with the Users of IPCC Products

4 March 2014

In February 2014, UCL STEaPP PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency organised and hosted the workshop: 'Partnering with the Users of IPCC Products – How best to deliver scientific assessments on climate change'

The workshop was intended to generate constructive ideas on alternative models for the present IPCC comprehensive assessments model. In as far as these ideas are relevant for the future of the IPCC they can be incorporated in a variety of inputs to Task Group on the future work of the IPCC that was set up by the IPCC in October 2013. This Task Group will develop options and recommendations for consideration by the IPCC early 2015 on future products, structure and processes, and enhanced developing-country participation. The IPCC Secretariat has set up a webpage on the Task Group process where more information can be found. The Task Group seeks input from members of the IPCC (that is, governments), observers of the IPCC and other relevant stakeholders, as well as those already involved in the IPCC production process (scientists/authors, staff and bureau members).

Actors who make decisions on climate-change adaptation and mitigation need data and knowledge to inform these decisions. The actors concerned are governments (including their militaries), businesses, NGOs – at various scales, from the international to the local level. Are the scientific, technological and engineering communities who can deliver these data and knowledge, for instance through the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), sufficiently aware of the decisions the various actors are facing and of their real information needs? The hypothesis for this workshop is that this is not the case, that the IPCC should be evaluated from the perspectives of users of IPCC products and that alternative models to the present IPCC model should be explored (some of which may be implementable in a reformed IPCC, others may not).

The workshop has not produced a joint statement and it was held under the Chatham House Rule: participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.

The output will however, also be used to help inform the Lancet Commission on Climate Change, and in particular how best to shape and present the findings to policy-makers both in government and beyond.

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