Partnership for Joint Action against Climate Change
At the Conference of the Working Community of the Danube Regions on June 29, 2009 in Linz, together with the Final Declaration the member also adopted a Partnership for Joint Action against Climate Change. It is based on the Kyoto Protocol, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Principle of common but differentiated responsibilities. Thereby, within the Working Community of the Danube Regions common measures shall be encouraged for example in the fields of climate-friendly trade, reduction of greenhouse gas emission, strengthening of the use of renewable energy sources, cooperation of energy agencies, science and agriculture, education, improvement of technologies, and also in view of an international agreement on the import of CO2 emissions to Europe.
As an expression of this partnership, the Working Community of the Danube Regions has submitted a declaration to the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen in December 2009 in which suggestions are made concerning global measures for climate protection.
In a first step and as a basis for common measures in the fields of the partnership, during its presidency in 2009 Upper Austria began to collect projects and best practice examples from the member regions and to compile an overview. In this way, the members can gather information about climate protection measures in other regions, exchange experiences, and participate in joint projects. The overview of projects and examples received by Upper Austria can be found below; with the two forms for projects and best practice examples below, feedback of member regions can still be sent to Upper Austria and will be included in the overview.