Global warming is increasingly causing ecological disasters
with disastrous effects on the natural and human environment worldwide
and severe consequences for populations, especially for agriculture
Europe will not be spared the changes in climate caused by
global warming. It is and will probably continue to be subject to
higher temperatures and extreme weather conditions such as heatwaves,
storms, droughts, glacier melt, irregular rainfall, floods, rising
sea-levels and other disasters.
The Assembly considers that the response must be global and
based on a shared understanding of the long-term objectives and
agreement on the framework for action. This approach should be also
applied on a European scale.
It urges Council of Europe member states and observer countries
to co-ordinate their action at both European and world level and
take account of climate change in their sectoral policies such as
spatial planning, water management, land use and agricultural policies,
particularly with regard to forestry and the organisation of harvests,
so as to counter flood and drought risk.
It also urges Council of Europe member states and observer
countries to make precise commitments to cut greenhouse gases by
setting a binding target of reducing CO2 emissions by 20% by 2020
while simultaneously encouraging the sharing of technologies and
know-how through international co-operation between industrialised
countries – which produce most of the greenhouse gas emissions –
to help developing countries that are most affected by the natural
disasters caused by global warming.