The COP25 Cryosphere Pavilion was held in Madrid, Spain (IFEMA Hall 8) under the presidency of the Chilean government from 2-13 December 2019. To view a video archive of our side events, please click here.
COP25 represents a key juncture as countries move towards their first revisions of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) since the signing of the Paris Agreement, and will therefore focus its agenda on initiatives that promote more ambitious climate action, both mitigation and adaptation. The Chilean government, as COP-25 President has made the Cryosphere one of its priority issues leading to such greater climate ambition, and is hosting a Cryosphere Pavilion as one expression of this priority. Cryosphere science makes clear that later timing of emissions reductions, and temperature “overshoot” scenarios can trigger cryospheric changes and global feedbacks that may be rapid and – more seriously — to some degree irreversible. The challenge for cryosphere science, per both the IPCC Special Reports on 1.5 Degrees (2018), and Oceans and Cryosphere (2019) is to capture the reality that while humans may trigger these events in the next few decades through insufficient action; many global impacts of such delay will not be seen fully for centuries.
The COP-25 Cryosphere Pavilion provides a space for permanent exhibits, expert conferences and ministerial events, with one or more Focus Days on each of the following Cryosphere dynamics, with dates:
Youth and Early Career Scientists Day: Dec 2
Mountain Glaciers and Snow Days: Dec. 3 and 11
Ice Sheets Days: Dec. 4 and 10
Permafrost Day: Dec. 5
Sea Ice: Dec. 6
Cryosphere Action Day: Dec. 7
Polar Oceans (Acidification/Freshening/Warming): Dec. 9
National Action and Policy Response Days: Dec. 12
In addition, Dec. 7 will focus on national actions and the policy response; and December 12 will see the release of the “Cryosphere1.5 Report” which combines the results of the IPCC SR1.5 and SROCC.
Due to its long and extensive experience in Antarctic, Southern Ocean and Andean glacier research; Chile is in a privileged position to lead a process to increase awareness of the global importance of Cryosphere: establishing an operational and practical link between science, and the political decision-making process on climate action and multilateral negotiations. The process aims to generate greater political level and public support for climate action plans consistent with a 1.5 Cº goal, incorporated into 2020 NDCs specifically to prevent global feedbacks from accelerating Cryosphere collapse at temperatures beyond 1.5 degrees. We look forward to this exciting cooperation at COP-25.