The Cheltenham Climate Change Forum

.... introduction to the Forum

Members of the Forum planning team from the Geography and Environmental Management Research Unit and the School of Environment at Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education, January 2001 (l to r):

Top row: Mark Dempsey, Phil Johnson, Andrew Charlesworth, Dr John Daniell, Professor Frank Chambers.

Bottom row: Garry Bosworth, Ed Kennerley, Michele Hills, Dr Lindsey McEwen, Dr John Hunt, Dr Phil Gravestock, Dr Tim Hall.


In July 2000, a working party from the Geography and Environmental Management Research Unit of Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education chaired by Dr John Hunt, met to discuss raising the profile of the Climate Change agenda in the South West. The group decided to arrange a Climate Change Conference with a regional emphasis in partnership with the United Kingdom Climate Impacts Programme (UKCIP), with the following objectives:

- to inform and fuel the climate change impact debate on mitigation and adaptation

- to identify key climate change issues affecting relevant sectors within the region

- to generate information exchange between key stakeholders in those sectors for which climate change will become a significant issue

- to enable dissemination of economically and environmentally significant examples of best practice in relation to climate change mitigation or adaptation

- to act as a launch pad for further studies.

Conference Steering Groupnd

The Cheltenham Climate Change Forum Steering Group was subsequently set up to oversee the organisation of the conference, which was scheduled for January 2001. It comprised senior representatives from private and public industry and other organisations across the region, including:

David Warrilow Department of the Environment, Transport & The Regions
Sir Crispin Tickell
Sir John Houghton Co-chair: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Dr Merylyn McKenzie Hedger United Kingdom Climate Impacts Programme (UKCIP)
Paul Bretell Severn Trent plc
Bill Forbes Environment Agency
Phil Harding Government Office for the South West (GOSW)
Mike Harley English Nature
John Burlingham The Link Group
Carole Bond Gloucestershire Environmental Business Forum
Matt Partridge National Wind Power
Dr George Green British Energy
Huw Lloyd Jones Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
Nic Reeves Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)
Dr David Cook Thames Water

The conference was held at Park Campus of Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education on 31 January, and proved to be a highly successful event in focusing concern for climate change issues within the South West, attracting over 200 delegates from across the region. Full details, including speaker presentation material and workshop reports are available on this website - see Conference Report.

Forum Sponsorship d

The conference attracted generous sponsorship from the following organisations: British Energy, the Environment Agency, the Government Office for the South West, Out of this World, Severnprint and Severn Trent Water.

The Forum, in partnership with C-CLIF, is now taking this work forward by way of a regional study entitled 'Potential Impacts of Climate Change in the South West Region, including a scoping study and detailed follow-up studies. See Future Developments in the Region.

In addition, the Forum is actively seeking partnerships with funding bodies to promote further research. Information on this will be posted on the website shortly under "Future developments in the region".



Last updated: 26 June 2001
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