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Climate Change Impacts and Adaption Strategies in Coastal Communities

Organiser(s): International Climate Change Information Programme and Hamburg University of Applied Sciences Topics Climate and the Environment
2017-07-05 08:00:00 2017-07-07 19:00:00 Australia/Sydney Climate Change Impacts and Adaption Strategies in Coastal Communities Join this key regional dialogue, showcasing experiences from research, field projects and best practice to foster climate change adaptation in coastal areas and communities in the Pacific. Apia, Samoa International Climate Change Information Programme and Hamburg University of Applied Sciences Calendar
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The Symposium on Climate Change Impacts and Adaption Strategies in Coastal Communities will focus on “managing climate change in coastal regions”,  and will showcase experiences from research, field projects and best practice to foster climate change adaptation in coastal areas and communities, which may be useful or implemented elsewhere.

Climate change is known to impact coastal areas in a variety of ways. According to the 5th Assessment Report produced by the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), coastal zones are highly vulnerable to climate change and climate-driven  impacts may be further exacerbated by other human-induced pressures

Apart from sea  level  rise which poses a threat to both human well being and property,  extreme events such as cyclones and storm surges lead not only to significant damages to property and infra-structure, but to salt water intrusion,  the salinisation of groundwater, and intensification of soil erosion, among many other problems. There are also many negative impacts to the  natural  environment  and  biodiversity, which include damages to important  wetlands  and  habitats  that safeguard the overall ecological balance, and  consequently  the  provision  of  ecosystem services and goods on which the livelihoods   of millions of people depend.

These impacts are particularly acute in the developing countries and island States in the Pacific, Caribbean, Latin America and Asian region, since they have limited access to the funding and technologies needed to allow them to be more resilient and recover from the damages caused by hurricanes, floods and other extreme events.

Registrations for this event are now closed.

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