EEA Grants Kick-off Meeting

[14 October, 2013] The Regional Environmental Center (REC) and the Geological and Geophysical Institute of Hungary (GGIH) held the first formal event of the Adaptation to Climate Change Programme and its component ‘Establishing a National Adaptation Geo-information System’ (NAGiS) within the EEAG Grants framework.

The REC (acting as programme fund operator) and NAGiS (acting as project promoter) shared the programme and project’s main goals and activities with the invited participants. The event also provided an opportunity for potential stakeholders and donor project partners to gain insight into the programme and project, and to identify possible ways of involvement.

Event participants were addressed by Dr. Tamas Fancsik (Director, Geological and Geophysical Institute of Hungary) Imre Attila Horváth (Minister of State for Development and Climate Policy and Key Public Services, Ministry of National Development, Hungary), H.E. Tove Skarstein (Ambassador, Royal Norwegian Embassy in Budapest) and Marta Szigeti Bonifert (Executive Director, Regional Environmental Center).

In the framework of the conference, Dr. Zsuzsanna Ivanyi (Head of the REC’s Climate Change and Clean Energy Topic Area) introduced the details of the EEA Grant Programme. Janos Bencsik (Deputy, NAGIS leader of the National Adaptation Center (NAC) and Member of Parliament) introduced the NAC and was followed by high-level speakers. The importance of the bilateral cooperation between EEA donor country project partners and Hungary was highlighted by Mr. Karl Kerner, Senior Adviser at the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection Institution, which is the Donor Programme Partner of the REC.