The International Conference on Climate Action: Local Governments Driving Transformation (ICCA2015) will highlight municipalities’ strategic role in mitigating and adapting to climate change. The conference will be an opportunity for local governments to share successful measures they have implemented to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Natural resources often lie at the heart of wars and civil strife. Global trends such as population growth, climate change and environmental degradation place a significant, and often unsustainable pressure on the natural resource base, such as minerals, land and water. Good governance of natural resources and environmental protection are seen as key ingredients for peace and post-conflict development. This international academic conference will focus on the role of natural resources in preventing, managing and resolving violent conflict.
The Grantham Research Institute, in collaboration with the Department of Geography and Environment (LSE), will host a public lecture featuring Professor Scott Barrett, Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics at Columbia University. Professor Barrett is a leading scholar on transnational and global challenges, ranging from climate change to disease eradication. In this lecture he will examine the economics of the Paris Climate Summit in December.
The “World Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation” will focus on “innovative approaches to implement climate change adaptation”, and will contribute to the further development of this fast-growing field.
World Water Week 2015 will meet under the theme ‘Water for Development,' with experts, practitioners, decision makers, business innovators and young professionals from a range of sectors and countries coming together to network, exchange ideas, stimulate innovative thinking and develop solutions to water-related challenges. The Week will include 160 events and eight workshops to discuss issues related to financing, the proposed sustainable development goals (SDGs), integrity, gender, climate change, energy, sanitation, food, conflict resolution and water management.
The Latin America and Caribbean region is particularly vulnerable to some of the most challenging aspects of climate change – sea-level rise affecting coastal cities, changes in precipitation impacting agriculture, glacial melting threatening water reserves. Population trends – like migration and urbanization – can exacerbate these challenges or, in some cases, serve as methods of adaptation.
The Conference will bring 250-300 leading researchers, early career scholars and policy experts from around the world to the Australian National University to engage in discussions on critical issues in social science governance research on the environment and sustainable development.
The 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC is taking place from 30 November - 11 December 2015 in Paris, France.