Floods in Bangkok and the Thames delta, salt intrusion in Egypt and Bangladesh: these are just some examples of rising risks to deltas and delta cities driven by climate change. Action is required now. Exchanging scientific knowledge, lessons learned and best practices is vital.
Therefore the research programme Knowledge for Climate, the city of Rotterdam and the Dutch ministries of Infrastructure and Environment and Foreign Affairs are organising the second International Conference ‘Deltas in Times of Climate Change’ taking place in Rotterdam, Netherlands on Septemer 24 – 26, 2014.
The focal questions are: What can we do to make delta areas less vulnerable? What adaptation measures are effective and feasible? What are the benefits of climate adaptation? Who is responsible for advancing it? What does adaptation cost and how do we finance it?
The conference will provide a setting for sharing scientific insights, for discussing political-governmental issues and exchanging practical knowledge and experience. It will be organised in about 70 sessions around specific themes and the world’s major deltas.
The conference is structured around the following sessions and themes:
DELTAS IN DEPTH, science sessions
Scientific findings and the relevance of the research for practical applications will be discussed.
- Climate projections and extremes
- Flood risk management
- Fresh water management
- Coastal systems and wetlands
- Urban adaptation to climate change
- Rural development and food security
- Port development and infrastructure
- Disaster reduction and emergencies
- Governance of adaptation
- Economics and finance of adaptation
- Decision support tools and risk assessment
Round Table discussions will be held for government officials, the business community, policy makers and NGOs. The round tables are organised in close collaboration with international organisations.
A few selected people are invited around the table and will discuss issues of crucial importance to adaptation to climate change. The audience will be actively involved in the debate. The round tables are:
- Round Table on Financing adaptation, together with the Worldbank
- Round Table on Community based adaptation, together with Red Cross, OXFAM, WWF
- Round Table of Mayors on the role of cities
To inspire the participants of the conference side events will be organised, such as an international business challenge, a climate change adaptation movie night, a photo contest and an art contest.
About ten sessions will be organised around a specific delta or delta city. In these sessions the participants will, together with the session organisers and speakers, take a closer look into the challenges and solutions in these deltas. The issues can differ according to the specific circumstances of climate change and the response to that in the selected deltas. The focus of the sessions is on the policy response to climate change, adaptation options, strategies and financial arrangements for adaptation.
The sessions include the following deltas or delta countries:
- Mediterranean /Venice
- Mekong (Vietnam)
- Nile (Egypt)
The sessions are organised by representatives of these regions including policy makers and the scientific community.
DELTAS IN PRACTICE, policy-practice sessions
Sessions to showcase and discuss experiences, best practices, case studies, tools and methods.
- Risk Assessment
- Adaptation strategies
- Urban design and infrastructure
- Green adaptation /building with nature
- Food security and the rural landscape
- Awareness, capacity building and community resilience
- Governance and finance
- Post disaster preparedness and recovery
Authors who wish to present a paper or poster related to the scientific programme are invited to submit an abstract. The abstracts have to be submitted before March 15, 2014, and will be expected to fit within one of the scientific themes. The instructions for the submission of abstracts and posters and the full text of the themes can be found on the conference website. Those whose abstracts or posters are selected by the convenors and the scientific committee will be notified as soon as possible.
If you wish to submit abstracts as a group about a certain topic, please submit the abstracts individually and you can indicate during the submission that your submission refers to a group topic. You can then include the name of the organiser of the group.
Young scientist best presentation and best poster award
- During the plenary closure the ‘Young scientist best presentation and best poster award’ will be announced
- The Scientific Committee will act as the jury of these awards
- The maximum age for Young scientist is 30 years