Espoo Statement

Welcome to the WMO Climate Risk Conference

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Espoo Statement

Conference presentations



Living with Climate Variability and Change: Understanding the Uncertainties and Managing the Risks

Venue and date: Espoo, Finland 17-21 July 2006

Co-Organizers: Organized by World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and co-hosted by Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) and International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI)

International Conference Announcement

Climate can no longer be taken for granted. Three factors are increasingly drawing attention to the need for more urgent and purposeful adaptation to climate conditions and management of climate-related risks:
1. Societies are becoming increasingly interdependent.
2. The climate system is changing.
3. Losses associated with climatic hazards are rising.

The conference will review opportunities and constraints in integrating climate risks and uncertainties into the mainstreams of decision-making where sensitivity to climate variability and change is but one among many factors to consider. It will draw on the experiences of public and private organizations worldwide that have been engaged in managing risks including those of a climatic origin.

The focus of the conference, therefore, is on decision-processes in real-world contexts, including agriculture, water resource management, disease control, power generation and disaster mitigation, where climate is one of the factors to be considered. Sessions will focus on generalized decision-processes, including principles of risk assessment and management within broader institutional and policy frameworks. These discussions will place into context previous efforts at incorporating knowledge including climate information into decision-making, with the presentation of both experimental and operational examples.

The goal of the conference is to make substantial progress in the establishment of an operable agenda for climate related risk management, and to propose an enduring process for future work.

The conference will feature state-of-the-art research on complex decision-making theory and practice in sectors directly or indirectly sensitive to climate variability and change. For this purpose, the conference will embrace the physical, natural, and social disciplines; it will thus provide an excellent opportunity for professionals in business, science and the public sector to interact on a broad range of topics of mutual concern. The conference also will contribute to the ongoing effort to achieve the international development goals established under the 2000 United Nations Millennium Declaration.

Conference participants will be drawn from many disciplines in both the private and public sectors, including mathematics, psychology, climate, agriculture, health, hydrology, sociology, governance, development, energy and environment.


Academy of Finland
Bureau of Meteorology, Australia
European Commission

Finnish Meteorological Institute
Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Finnish Ministry of Trade and Industry
Finnish Ministry of Environment
International Research Institute for Climate and Society, Columbia University, USA
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, USA
World Meteorological Organization, UN, Switzerland