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CarboEurope presented at Symposium of European Commission "EC Global Change Research: International Partnership", Brussels , 6-7 May 2004

On 6-7 May 2004, the Commission held a Symposium on "EC Global Change Research: International Partnership", at the "Academy Palace of Sciences and Arts" in Brussels .

CarboEurope was invited as a sucessful example of international cooperation within the framework of EU funded programs. This conference discussed results to date and examine ways to reinforce the cooperation between European and global Initiatives on Earth System Science.

Understanding the Earth System (e.g. ecosystems, climate change) is crucial to achieving environmental sustainability. Improved knowledge on global change processes and interactions with human activities is required to implement policy objectives on human welfare and safety, protection of environment and economic development. Considerable progress has already been made through European Union research on Global Change including ecosystems, in collaboration with International Programmes. The relevance of CarboEurope to the framework of international research programmes such as the Global Carbon Project (GCP within IGPG-WCRP-IHDP and to systematic observation strategies and implementation such as Integrated Global Carbon Observing Strategy (IGCO) within IGOS-P was presented, as well as the key input of CarboEurope to carbon cycle research in other regions of the globe, that are most sensitive for the future evolution of carbon cycle and the climate system, such as the Amazon and Siberia.



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