Bonn. The Bonn-Zone being built in the Rheinaue for the World Climate Summit COP 23 is taking shape. Monday saw the first tour with State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth.
Not much green was still visible on the Blumenwiese when Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, which is responsible for organising COP 23, got an idea of the rapidly growing so-called Bonn-Zone on Monday morning alongside numerous media representatives.
A large part of the approximately 35,000 square metre site has already been built on, with three large halls up to nine metres in height as well as the country pavilions, with a total floor space of 55,000 square metres. The interior fit out should begin in a few days. Matthias Löwe from the planning office said up to 2000 workers, who have all been security approved, would then be busy on the site.
As up to 25,000 visitors are expected, the World Climate Conference will be held for the first time at two different centres: the so-called Bonn-Zone in the Rheinaue, where events, exhibitions and the country presentations are planned, and the Bula-Zone around the World Conference Centre Bonn (WCCB), which has also been extended using temporary structures and which will be the main negotiation site for the delegates from 197 states.
Everything must be ready by 6 November. “We are on time,” confirmed Löwe. COP 23 lasts until 17 November. The temporary buildings and the majority of the connections for electricity and water will be dismantled by the end of December. The Blumenwiese, which is surrounded by a 4,000 metre fence, and most of the car park on Ludwig-Erhardt-Allee and on Charles-de-Gaulle-Straße will remain closed to the public until the site is dismantled.
Such a large event requires lots of helpers. Volunteers are sought to support the organisers in many areas, including in the conference zones. Further information can be found at https://www.cop23.de
(Original text: Lisa Inhoffen. Translated by Kate Carey)