Deltas in Times of Climate Change II

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  • 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.

    Con­fer­ence Topics

    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 Tables

    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
    Side Events

    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.

    Delta Sessions

    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:

    • Bangladesh
    • Colom­bia
    • Indone­sia
    • Mediter­ranean /​Venice
    • Mekong (Viet­nam)
    • Mozam­bique
    • Myan­mar
    • 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

    Sub­mis­sion Information

    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.

    Focussed sessions

    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

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