The Asian continent is the world´s most populated region. Asia as a whole, and South-East Asia in particular, is especially vulnerable to climate change. As the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) produced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has shown, terrestrial systems in many parts of Asia have responded to recent climate change with shifts in the phenologies, growth rates, and the distributions of plant species, and permafrost degradation. AR5 also states that the projected changes in climate during the 21st Century will increase these impacts.
The evidences of climate change and their related impacts in Asia gathered so far, make a stronger case for the implementation of climate change adaptation measures, so that vulnerable communities in Asia may be in a better condition to handle its impacts in key areas such as water availability and food production and food security, which are central to countries in the region.
The above state of affairs illustrates the need for a better understanding of how climate change affects Asian countries, and for the identification of processes, methods and tools which may help the national Asian nations across the Asian continent to adapt. There is also a perceived need to showcase successful examples of how to cope with the social, economic and political problems posed by climate change in Asia.
It is against this background that the “Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation in Asia” is being organised by the Research and Transfer Centre “Applications of Life Sciences” of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany), TERI University (India), Pragya (India) Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), and the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP). TERI University is the first of its kind in India to dedicate itself to the study of environment, energy and natural sciences for sustainable development. Pragya is a well-established NGO focusing on works for the appropriate development of vulnerable communities and sensitive ecosystems of the world. The Symposium will be a truly interdisciplinary event, mobilising Asian and non-Asian scholars undertaking research and/or executing climate change projects in the Asian continent.
The Symposium will focus on “strengthening sustainable development and adaptation capabilities” meaning that it will serve the purpose of showcasing experiences from research, field projects and best practice in climate change adaptation in Asian countries, which may be useful or implemented in other countries in the continent.
The Symposium is being co-hosted by the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Pragya (India), TERI University (India), Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), and the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP). It will showcase experiences from research, field projects and best practice in climate change adaptation in Asian countries, which may be useful or replicated in other countries in the continent.
The “Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation in Asia” will be organised in two main strands:
Strand 1: the poster displays
Participating and organisations will be able to put-up displays describing their works and projects and to distribute the relevant information to the participants. The displays will be the backbone of the event and will allow close, one-to-one contacts between the participants and the exhibitors.
Strand 2: the presentations
A set of presentations, divided into five main themes will be organised, distributed over parallel sessions dealing with some of the issues of strategic value in the field of climate change adaptation and risk reduction. These are:
- Session 1: Implementing Climate Change Adaptation in Rural Areas and Communities, Cities, Countries and via Outreach Programmes
- Session 2: Climate Change Adaptation, Resilience and Hazards (including droughts/floods)
- Session 3: Climate Change and Agriculture
- Session 4: Information, Communication, Education and Training on Climate Change
- Session 5: Climate Change and Health
The plenary and parallel sessions, as well as the social events, will provide participants with an outstanding opportunity to interact, network and learn about the latest ideas, projects and practices, mainstreaming climate change adaptation and DRR in the Asian continent.
We are happy to share the call for abstract submission for this symposium:
- Deadline for submission of abstracts: 30th July 2016
- Deadline for submission of papers: 30th September 2016
- Deadline for registrations: 30th October 2016
All abstracts should be sent to: [email protected]
A multi-volume publication “Guidebook on Climate Change Adaptation in Asia: strengthening sustainable development and adaptation capabilities” will be published with all accepted papers from the Symposium as part of the award- winning book series “Climate Change Management” by Springer. A set of papers selected by the coordination team will also be published in a special issue of the International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management. The decision of the editors for the book and for the special issue, is final.
How to Register
Registrations are now open and are possible until the 30th October 2016. Regrettably, logistical limitations mean that registrations after the deadline will not be possible. Since the space for poster displays and the time for presentations is limited, delegates are advised to register as soon as possible. The organisers will notify any interested delegate or organisation in case there are any limitations with time for presentations or space for displays. Registered delegates will then receive further details on the payment of the fees and updated information on the preparations for the event. The decision as to which papers will be accepted for presentation will be taken by the Chairpersons, following consultation with the organising committee. Participants registering to the event will do so under the condition that they will cover their own travel, accommodation and incidental costs (e.g. visa fees) related to their trip to New Delhi.
This is a self-funded event and the organisers are unable to pay any travel or accommodation costs of any kind. Letters of invitation to enter India can be only be sent to bona fide, registered delegates, who have paid their fees and need a document to show their employers. For cancellations of registrations up to 30th November 2016 a 50% refund may be made. For cancellations after the 30th November 2016 no refunds will be possible.
Access the registration form here.
A discounted fee of € 300 (€ 150 to students) plus 19% VAT, will be charged to those who register until 30th October 2016 (early bird registration). After that, delegates will need to pay the full fee of €350 and € 175 respectively (plus 19% VAT). The fee includes lunches and coffee breaks on 2nd and 3rd February 2017, as well as the evening reception on 2nd February 2017. The fees also include a free on-line copy of the publication “Guidebook on Climate Change Adaptation in Asia: strengthening sustainable development and adaptation capabilities” to be sent to the authors whose papers have been accepted.
Organisations or individuals not able to pay this fee should contact the Secretariat so that it may be reduced in special cases. Interested people and organisations are encouraged to register by completing the application form provided. This is a self-funded event and the organisers are unable to pay any travel or accommodation costs of any kind. They are however happy to issue letters of invitation to support delegates to request funding for their participation.