Climate change has irreversible consequences for delta cities around the world. Sea level rise and strong fluctuations in river runoff present enormous challenges to these fertile and economically thriving regions. In order to share scientific knowledge and policies concerning this theme on an international level, Rotterdam will offer a platform next year for a large-scale climate conference for delta cities: ‘Deltas in Times of Climate Change’.
The purpose of the conference is to promote knowledge exchange, strengthen international networks, and improve contacts between the political arena, science, and the corporate sector.
The location was chosen for a reason. Presenting Rotterdam Climate Proof (RCP) – the climate adaptation programme of the Rotterdam Climate Initiative – Rotterdam is one of the world’s trendsetters where anticipating changing circumstances is concerned.
The overarching theme for the conference is ‘climate adaptation policy and investments in times of climate change’. The climate conference thus offers a unique opportunity for prominent scientists, policymakers, and executives from the corporate sector to share and exchange ideas, experiences, and innovations. Several ministers and mayors of delta cities are expected to attend the conference and to contribute to global knowledge sharing. The agenda is packed with a range of subjects, including climate change and spatial planning, flood management, urban water management, freshwater supply, and the urban heat island effect.
Besides the RCP, the Knowledge for Climate and Knowledge for Space programmes and the Cooperative Programme on Water and Climate (CPWC) will also contribute to the organization of the international climate conference. The conference will take place between 29 September and 1 October 2010. In addition, several excursions are on the itinerary for 2 October. Those who are interested can register for the conference at the special website www.climatedeltaconference.org.