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Climate Change and Security Conferences: Fall/Winter 2013

Conference_table2There are some interesting conferences on the horizon investigating the risks of climate change.  Many of these are either streaming the conference live or will post conference videos and materials at a later date, so even if you are not able to attend in person, you can check them out. We will update this list as we come across others.

Title/Host: “International conference on building resilience: Individual, institutional and societal coping strategies to address the challenges associated with disaster risk,” Centre for Disaster Resilience, University of Salford
Description: The 2013 International Conference on Building Resilience will encourage debate on individual, institutional and societal coping strategies to address the challenges associated with disaster risk. As a country subject to several large-scale disasters in recent years, including the 2004 Tsunami and a civil war spanning several decades, Sri Lanka provides an ideal setting to explore the challenge of creating resilient communities and cities.
Location: Ahungalla, Sri Lanka
Date: September 17-19, 2013

Title/Host: “Emergency Planning in a New Age of Uncertainty: Building the Nation’s Resilience to Flooding,” Public Policy Exchange
Description: This symposium provides an invaluable platform for local authorities, emergency planning stakeholders and emergency services to discuss how the latest measures can be implemented effectively. The symposium will explore how to improve not only local resilience to flooding, but also how to develop a more robust general contingency and emergency planning framework that will enable communities to respond swiftly with strong leadership, communication and collaboration.
Location: London, UK
Date: September 18, 2013

Title/Host: “The Changing Landscape: Energy, Environment, and Security,” The Fletcher School Triplomacy Seminar
Description: In the past twenty-five years the majority of the world’s oil reserves have moved from private ownership to state-owned oil companies. In the last five years, the United States has sharply reduced its oil imports and now anticipates becoming a major gas exporter as a result of the shale gas boom. Germany and Japan are drastically shifting away from nuclear electricity just as other countries are becoming new nuclear powers. Greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels are linked to more severe storms like Hurricane Sandy and intensifying droughts in Sub-Saharan Africa. The international landscape is changing rapidly. The Fletcher School’s Triplomacy Seminar will address how these shifts are occurring and position participants to lead in an ever changing landscape.
Location: Washington, DC (USA)
Date: October 2-4, 2013

Title/Host: “Seventh National Emergency Management Summit
Description: Over the past ten years an extraordinary confluence of events, both environmental and geopolitical, has created a heightened risk and a heightened awareness of natural disasters, epidemics, and terrorism in the United States. The National Emergency Management Summit seeks to assess these risks and articulate practical approaches to strategies for planning, response and recovery.
Location: Atlantic City, NJ (USA)
Date: October 8-9, 2013

Title/Host:Arctic Futures Symposium 2013,” International Polar Foundation
Description: Taking place on October 16th-17th, Brussels’ premier gathering on Arctic issues brings together stakeholders such as Arctic residents, researchers, industry representatives and politicians for frank and lively discussions on the issues facing the region. The programme for the 2013 edition of Arctic Futures corresponds with Canada’s priorities during its chairmanship of the Arctic Council, which began following the Kiruna Ministerial in May of this year under the theme “development for the people of the North”.
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Date: October 16-17, 2013

Title/Host: “Africa Climate Change Conference,” Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) Programme
Description: The Africa Climate Conference 2013, which is organized under the auspices of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and the African Climate Policy Center (ACPC), will bring together decision-makers and climate researchers, scientists and practitioners from Africa and around the world, to jointly: 1) identify the state of knowledge on the African climate system, recognizing current gaps in climate knowledge; 2) define and drive an African agenda for future climate research that will inform adaptation decisions out to the mid- to end 21st Century.; 3) develop a framework for mainstreaming climate information into decision making, as well as a network of experts who evaluate and interpret this knowledge for practical applications in areas such as agriculture ad food production, water resources management, climate risk management and adaptation planning, etc.
Location: Arusha, Tanzania
Date: October 15-18, 2013

Title/Host:Rising Temps and Emerging Threats: The Intersection of Climate Change and National Security in the 21st Century,” Vermont Journal of Environmental Law
Description: This day-long Symposium will bring together a variety of experts to address a number of these pressing security issues facing the U.S. and international community today.  Panelists will discuss, debate, and address the real and immediate threats that climate change presents to: national security; the military’s adaptations and response to climate change; the growing threat of climate based forced migration; and food security as national security.
Location: South Royalton, Vermont (USA)
Date: October 25, 2013

Title/Host: “International Conference on Climate Change, Water and Disaster in Mountainous Areas,” Society of Hydrologists and Meteorologists, SOHAM-Nepal
Description: This conference is organized by the Society of Hydrologists and Meteorologists, SOHAM-Nepal. It will focus on climate change, water and disaster in mountainous areas, and address the following topics: climate change and implications on society, hydrological regimes and water in mountainous countries; hydrometeorological response to mountainous ecosystems; water and renewable energy; disaster risk reduction (DRR); traditional and modern knowledge for water resources management; transboundary issues on water resources; and adaptation strategies.
Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Date: November 27-29, 2013


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