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KEY SPEAKERS

  • Kazuhiko Takeuchi

    Vice Rector at UNU

    Opening Remarks on Disaster Risk Management and Sustainability

  • Nobuo Mimura

    Director at Ibaraki University

    Responses to the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

  • Sucharit Koontanakulvong

    Professor at Chulalongkorn U.

    Thailand Flood 2011: Causes and Future Scenario

  • Srikantha Herath

    Academic Officer at UNU-ISP

    Higher Education in Climate and Ecosystems Change Adaptation

OBJECTIVE

The main focus of the Conference on the 15th is to discuss risk reduction and recovery challenges from catastrophic disasters. While much progress has been made in reducing disaster risks, huge losses from high intensity and low frequency hazards continue to be a major challenge. Countries that experienced such catastrophic disasters as the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake and the 2011 Tohoku earthquake would have many experiences and lessons to share. Search for a sustainable disaster risk management model is a very relevant concern for us given that natural disasters have devastated an increasing number of regions, destroyed investments and set back progress in development. This conference will focus on sustainability and disaster risk management linkages taking climate and ecosystems changes into consideration. Use of ecosystems services in managing residual risks also will be one of the focus items.

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Climate Projections Downscaling

Climate Projections Downscaling Project Started!

UNU-ISP signed MOU with IGES on July 13th, 2011, to develop a training module for Climate Projections Downscaling. The training programme will be developed in support of the activities of Asia Pacific Adaptation Forum and is supported by the Ministry of Environment of Japanese Government. The training consist of dynamic downscaling with WRFC and MRI models, as well as approaches to statistical downscaling with models developed at partner institutions.

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Addressing Climate Change for Sustainable Development

Third International Conference on "Addressing Climate Change for Sustainable Development through Up-Scaling Renewable Energy Technologies"


Taking this common responsibility against climate change, the Alternative Energy Promotion Center (APEC), Ministry of Environment (MoE), Government of Nepal (GoN) and Center for Energy Studies (CES), Institute of Engineering (IOE), Tribhuvan University (TU) are jointly organizing the 3rd International Conference on "Addressing Climate Change for Sustainable Development through Up-scaling Renewable Energy Technology" (RETRUD-011) in Kathmandu, Nepal on October 12th-14th, 2011.


For more information visit http://www.retrudconference.com

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Message from the Director

The Director of UNU-ISP has issued a message outlining UNU-ISP standpoint and its future plans with regards to the Tohoku Earthquake. The message is available here

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Rising from the Tohoku Disaster: Global Solidarity in Learning and Rebuilding



It has been unprecedented even for Japan. Even with the sophisticated technology and the intensive preparedness for disasters it was catastrophic. As Prof. Kazuhiko Takeuchi, UNU Vice-Rector and the Director, UNU-ISP has expressed in his message following the disaster “complex disasters need to be addressed through strengthening actions targeting all levels, based on integrated approaches of natural sciences, social sciences and humanities”. UN-CECAR is committed to move ahead with its mandate and to support academically the post- Tohoku District-off the Pacific Ocean Earthquake rebuilding.



Byōdō-in in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture in Japan is a cultural and historical icon for Japanese. It commemorates and enunciates the opulence of the heritage, even embedded in the 10 Yen coin. The most famous pictogram in the Byōdō-in is the beautiful bird Ho-oh that appears in 10,000 yen note. In some ways ho-oh is similar to Phoenix which heralds the dawn of a new era. Let us hope the deep seated strength of this country that sprung it from worst disasters in the past would flourish again in this moment too. Let this be an opportunity for the entire world to learn and to adapt to the global change challenges to build a sustainable future.


What should we do now?

Challenge of Information in the Information Era

At UNU-ISP we would like to connect the global goodwill with current situation Japan is experiencing. Many around the world are puzzled with the multiple and conflicting information given about the earth aftershocks and most importantly about the nuclear radiation levels. Some useful links are given below comprising of the useful information. Most of them are firsthand data and instruction from the Japanese agencies.


http://www8.cao.go.jp/teiju-portal/eng/index.html

http://www.mext.go.jp/english/radioactivity_level/detail/1303962.htm

http://www.mext.go.jp/english/topics/1303717.htm

http://eqinfojp.net/?category_name=english

http://www.jma.go.jp/jma/en/2011_Earthquake.html

http://machi.userlocal.jp/teiden/en.php

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/radio/program/16lang.html

http://www.google.co.jp/intl/en/crisisresponse/japanquake2011.html

http://p.diim.jp/

http://apa.org/helpcenter/distress-earthquake.aspx


Learning and Contributing to Rebuilding


UNU-ISP and UN-CECAR are dedicated to provide support to the Japanese society and the global community in a wider perspective based on the experiences and lessons from this disaster. A discussion was held in the UNU Headquarters at Tokyo after the Tohoku disaster comprising of the UNU-ISP members and the other UNU staff on 22nd March 2011.

The discussion has yielded to initiate comprehensive research in the following five topics:

  1. Assessing and enhancing resilience of coastal communities incorporating both natural and social science approaches
  2. Biodiversity, fisheries and resource management within the Sustainable Oceans Initiative with an emphasis on ports rehabilitation
  3. Human security and Risk Management
  4. Promoting Energy Policy Discussions
  5. Waste Management in the aftermath of Disaster

These programmes will be implemented bringing Academic and Government sectors together and addressing both Japanese and international needs and experiences with the wider UN network.


In executing these initiatives UN-CECAR can play a major role in implementation. Member institutions are invited to be major stakeholders in this process. UN-CECAR colleagues are invited to provide themes or projects they are involved in above broad categories as well as apart from the abovementioned five. Given that climate and ecosystem research with the specific focus of adaptation and resilience plays the central role, the whole initiative is very close to the mandate of UN-CECAR.




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Tohoku District -off the Pacific Ocean Earthuake

Japan's worst disaster in recent times: UNU-ISP calls for support from the academic community


The UNU-ISP Director has issued a message outlining the UNU-ISP response strategy for this unprecedented earthquake-tsunami-nuclear power plant disasters in Japan. Read the message

We would like to invite UN-CECAR members to extend their support and assistance to the Japanese people and government through actions to help relief efforts, reconstruction and research. In the coming few days UN-CECAR will start organizing activities based on your commitments.

Please make a brief note on the contribution you would like to make in this page: Tohoku Earthquake

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CECAR Courses Training

GIS training for upcoming CECAR courses (2011 Spring)


There will be three story lines for GIS training participants in CECAR Spring Courses 2011.

Story line 1

This story will examine the water resources availability need changes under present and future climates.

Story line 2

Selecting a rice variety for future under climate changed conditions will be carried out. Students will have a chance to examine resiliency Vs. high profit trade offs.

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UN-CECAR Training Module Development

Introduction

UN-CECAR is an institutional platform of universities across Asia and Africa. It was created in June 2009 to strengthen education and research on adaptation to climate change and ecosystem change. As sponsor and secretariat of UN-CECAR, UNU-ISP coordinates and supports the activities of the Network and acts as a repository for education programs and research outcomes.

One of the main focus areas of UN-CECAR is to conduct capacity-building and research on climate change and ecosystem change adaptation in different countries, and to help developing countries to assess the impact of climate change in their region and to reduce their vulnerabilities.

In order to ensure developing countries gain a comprehensive grasp in designing adaptation measures, significant efforts are needed to rapidly advance capacities and training of local researchers, professionals and practitioner, particularly in the area of climate change downscaling. The modules will be critical in teaching participants the latest tools and methodologies necessary for them to know how to downscale and how to use the downscaled information.

UN-CECAR Priority Activity for 2011:

Training Module development

UN-CECAR academic programme has plans to develop a number of training modules ranging from climate change downscaling, impact assessment (flood risks and food security), economic assessment and policy frameworks (RED+) in 201 for training and capacity building. This particular workshop will focus on Climate Projection Downscaling methods. The modules are intended to be flexible and dynamic, in recognition of the fact that the science, technology, modelling and methodologies are also rapidly changing. Climate change is global in nature, but the impacts are localized and vary depending on the geography, topography, microclimate, ecosystems, etc. As such the module syllabus and methodology will need to be sufficiently generic to be easily taught in any context and location, and allow educators and participants from various countries and disciplines to engage in and benefit from the training.

A key element of the training is that it should be linked and supported by the associate members of UN-CECAR, partner institutions and networks that have similar objectives and are engaged in climate change downscaling and adaptation research, and which can contribute critical resources such as data-sharing, knowledge, practical technical expertise, etc, such as the Asia Pacific Climate Adaptation Network (APCCAN) of the Global Change Adaptation Network.

Targeted beneficiaries

The modules will be designed for postgraduate students, researchers, faculty staff, and in some cases, government officials, professionals and practitioners from developing countries.

Projections & Downscaling

Climate change projections provide important basis for development of future climate change adaptation strategies. However, since projections of future climate is very much subjected to assumptions made in the models related to physical processes, parameterization, model complexity, societal and economic development trends, etc., there are tremendous uncertainties in the projected future climate. Another major challenge in climate change projection is the incompatibility of outputs from different Global Climate Change Models (GCMs). This range of possible climate scenarios as well as differences with historical observations and trends has led to public confusion about the validity of climate prediction and, more urgently, has led to the delay of appropriate action.

As the coarse resolution of most GCMs are insufficient for detailed assessment of land surface processes and climate-change impacts at local to regional scales, especially in regions with heterogeneous land cover and diverse topography, there is an urgent demand for high-resolution future-climate scenarios, which can be met by downscaling GCM simulations. As for downscaling techniques, they include dynamic downscaling, statistical downscaling, and the change-factor method. Each methodology has its advantages and limitations. How to deal with these uncertainty problems is an important task faced by global communities for adapting to climate change, especially developing countries due to their low adaptive capacities and lack of technology.

Modules will need to cover more than one downscaling model and include both physically based and statistically based downscaling models. The comparison of climate predictions with different downscaling models has implications for regional studies. This will help to minimize and assess uncertainties associated with individual model's biases or errors and develop local projections of appropriate climatic and hydrological variables.

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Spring Session on Building Resilience to Climate Change

UNU-ISP invites applications for the new 4-week postgraduate programme on Building Resilience to Climate Change.


The United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP), Tokyo, invites applications for the new intensive 4-week postgraduate programme on Building Resilience to Climate Change, developed under the framework of the University Network for Climate and Ecosystems Change Adaptation Research (UN-CECAR). UN-CECAR is a collaborative initiative of more than 20 leading universities across Asia, committed to develop post graduate educational and research programmes on climate and ecosystems change, adaptation and sustainability science. UNU-ISP acts as the UN-CECAR Secretariat.


The new courses, which will be conducted at UNU-ISP, will cover a range of issues on sustainability and adaptation to climate and ecosystems change. Topics include climate and atmospheric science, impacts assessment, climate and society, ecosystems resilience, risk and uncertainty, integrated solutions for mitigation and adaptation, mainstreaming adaptation into development planning and community-based adaptation. Students also will receive practical training in the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and in down-scaling rainfall forecasts.


The programme runs for four weeks from 28 February to 25 March 2011. It is open to students who are currently enrolled in a university postgraduate programme and who have already identified their thesis topic prior to arriving in Japan; and young professionals with a university degree in various occupations in Japan and abroad.


UN-CECAR SPRING 2011 COURSE Download file "UN-CECAR CLIMATE CHANGE COURSE 2011.pdf"
Download (684 KB)


For more information please visit the UNU-ISP Website.


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PHOTOS: Sri Lanka Nov 2010


CECAR members enjoying their time at beautiful misty mountains of Colombo, Kandy and Polonnaruva, Sri Lanka 2010




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Postgraduate students presentation on climate change adaptation

UNU-ISP Postgraduate Students who have been conducting their research on climate change adaptation for the past 5 weeks are going to make final presentations on 5 November. The young and bright students from Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam and Sri Lanka, are part of the UNU-ISP Project on Comparative Studies on Development Strategies considering Impacts of Adaptation to Climate Change (CSDS-IACC) , and funded by the Mitsui Foundation. During their time at UNU-ISP, they participated in the UN-CECAR postgraduate courses on ‘Building Resilience to Climate Change’ 13 Sep- 1 Oct 2010 and received training in downscaling of weather forecasts for climate modeling and GIS mapping.

Climate change impacts on water resourceof Nhue-Day River Basin, Vietnam

Presentation by Mr. Winai Chaowiwat

“Rebuilding Human-Nature Relationships in Satoyama Landscape”

Presentation by Ms. Nguyen Thi Phuang Hoa

Marikuva River Basin flood modeling of climate change and adaptation

Presentation by Mr. Ralph Allen Acierto

Studies to adapt for floods in Kelani River Basin in Sri Lanka due to the climate change

Presentation by Ms. Gouri De Silva

Adaptation measures to sustain the rice production in Kurunegala District under the impacts of climate change

Presentation by Mr. Samal Sanjeewa Dharmarathna

Assessing the impacts on climate change to water resources and rice production in Pantabangan-Carranolan Watershed. Philippines

Presentation by Ms. Rafaela Jane P. Delfino

Climate change impacts and adaptation assessment on rice production in Khon Kaen Province of Thailand

Presentation by Ms. Jamnong Tragoolram

Impacts of climate change for rice production in Can Tho Province in Mekong River Delta, Vietnam

Presentation by Ms. Nguyen Thi Ngoc Linh

For more details about the students, please refer to CSDS-IACC website.

For more details about the event, please refer to UNU-ISP website.


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Special Acknowledgements - 2010 Courses

We would like to thank the following people who were instrumental in developing and implementing the course (in alphabetical order, by surname):

Name Title
Prof. Darmanto Member of the UN-CECAR Curriculum Development Task Force
Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering;
Team Leader, Capacity Building on Disaster Risk Management for Sustainable Community Development
Dr. Srikantha Herath
Assoc. Prof. Janette Anne Lindesay Member of the UN-CECAR Curriculum Development Task Force
Deputy Director
Australian National University
Climate Change Institute,
Australia
Prof. U.C. Mohanty Centre for Atmospheric Sciences
Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India
Prof. Mazlin Bin Mokhtar Director, Institute for Environment and Development,
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
Malaysia

Prof. Dr. Joy Jacqueline Pereira Deputy Director
Southeast Asia Disaster Prevention Research Institute (SEADPRI-UKM)
Principal Fellow & Chair of MyCLIMATE, Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI)
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Malaysia
Dr. Rahman Sudiyo Faculty of Engineering
Universitas Gadjah Mada
Indonesia
Prof. Tumiran Head
Faculty of Engineering
Universitas Gadjah Mada
Indonesia
Prof. Vo Thanh Son Deputy-Director,
Center for Natural Resource and Environmental Studies (CRES), Vietnam National University, Hanoi.
Prof. Pham Van Cu Prof. Director of International Center for Advanced Research on Global Change ICARGC
Vietnam National University
Hanoi, Vietnam

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Phan Van Tan Head of Meteorological Department
Hanoi University of Science
Vietnam National University
Hanoi, Vietnam
Training Courses
Dr. Effah Antwi JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellow, UNU-ISP, Japan
Dr. Akiyuki Kawasaki Visiting Research Fellow,
UNU-ISP, Japan
Ms. Canserina J. Kurnia Instructor Technical Lead - Server
Educational Services - ESRI,
Indonesia

Dr. Yi Wang Research Associate, UNU-ISP, Japan
Ms. Sidat Atapattu Project Assistant, UNU-ISP, Japan
Special thanks to
Prof. Kazuhiko Takeuchi Director, UNU-ISP, Japan
Prof. Mai Trong Nhuan President, Vietnam National University, Hanoi, Vietnam
Dr. Danang Sri Hadmoko Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia
Dr. Liew Juneng Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Malaysia
Md. Abdullah Abraham Hossain Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Malaysia
Prof. Nguyen Ba Ngoc Vietnam National University, Hanoi, Vietnam
Mohamad Mahathir Bin Amir Sultan Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Malaysia
Nazreen Bin Leman Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Malaysia
Dr. Shimako Takahashi UNU-ISP, Japan
Ms. Alva Lim UNU-ISP, Japan
Prof.Osamu Saito UNU-ISP, Japan
Dr. Jintana Kawasaki UNU-ISP, Japan
Mr. Hideyuki Konishi UNU-ISP, Japan
And all other UN-CECAR ICC members

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Blog: 2010 Building Resilience to Climate Change

On 13 September 2010, 32 young and bright students from the Asia-Pacific, the Americas, and Africa, came to our doorstep, here at UNU-ISP Tokyo, to begin their 2-week lectures on:

1. Science, Impacts and Vulnerabilities

2. Approaches to Adaptation

Followed by GIS and downscaling training in the 3rd week. We had specialists from the ESRI corporation, UNESCO's IHE and UNU's own staff who provided practical group & one-to-one training on the GIS software and downscaling models.

Many of the graduate students' backgrounds ranged from the physical sciences (Hydrological and civil engineering, atmospheric sciences, forestry, ecology, agriculture etc) and the social sciences (community development, international relations, gender, etc). Their background and level of maturity and experience made for excellent discussions, both in class and outside of class.

Days were long and intensive, but all seemed to enjoy what they learnt, and the close interactions with their lecturers and friendships with each other. Feedback received from the students showed that overall, they really liked the sessions on the climate change science, the latest scientific advancements in the development of global climate change scenarios (new generation of IPCC scenarios), the uncertainties that remain in CC scenario and impacts modelling, and the practical parts: group activities, GIS training on watershed management and food security, and climate modelling.

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As part of their assessments, students were asked to complete:

1. Group presentations on:

[Week 1] Scenario building exercise - each group to select an IPCC scenario type and describe the impacts for a target area (region, country, sector)

[Week 2] Based on the same target area and scenario (or a new one), design suitable adaptation strategies that take into account community-based approaches.

After each group presentation, another group was asked to respond with questions and comments.

2. Final exam (multiple choice and short answer questions) on climate change science, uncertainties, risk assessments, and adaptation planning.

3. Short essay-type research proposals:

[Week 1] develop a 1,000 - 1,500 word research proposal to address a climate change issue of their choice, based on what their existing research in their home institution, or a work experience

[Week 2] develop a 2,500 - 3,000 word adaptation strategy or project plan to a climate change issue of their choice (either based on their proposal in Week 1, or a new one). They were asked to include a detailed development, methodology and implementation process, with specific emphasis on incorporating bottom-up community-based approaches.

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At the closing & graduation ceremony, some students were asked to present their group and indvidual research work, as well as give a short speech on behalf of the student body. It was a great 3 weeks, so thank you again to all who participated! I hope you will keep in touch with each other, as you all progress in your future careers as climate change experts.

From some of the students:

  • "I have acquired great knowledge from this course about how to design, Implement and assess the projects. The role-playing exercise carried out by Professor Darmanto was very interesting. I felt that it was a good way to learn. I come from the science background."
  • "My background is biodiversity and forest resources. The lectures and the case studies provided by professors were very helpful. I hope that I can use the materials for my research."
  • "I would like to thank all my friends. I had an incredible experience with friends. I am a biologist and so interested in biodiversity. I was in a way outlier. I feel that the more focus during the course was on climate change impact on humans, not overall biodiversity. However, I enjoyed the class overall."
  • "I enjoyed the two weeks. First week was interesting because we covered climate science. Second week focused on case studies, implementation strategies, community involvement . The area I would like to be covered more is how we can bring about behavioral change in peoples life."
  • "It has been great opportunity to attend this course. I am from social science background. I have been practicing management in local levels. The group work allowed us to understand about the problems and cases in many countries. However, time was very short and I was unable to digest all the knowledge learned in the class. I am yet to figure out how I will develop adaptation strategies in the area I am working. Overall, the class was good and I learnt a lot from it."
  • "It was a lot of learning during the first week. We talked about scientific part and it was important part for me. Second week which focused on adaptation was related with my background and thus less significant to me. First week helped me understand the basics of climate system."

Overall, the 'Building Resilience to Climate Change' postgraduate courses were a success!Thanks to all CECAR members, faculty, students, and UNU staff who worked hard for many months to make it successful.

Special Acknowledgements (please click to view)

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by Alva Lim 4 November 2010

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Sri Lanka Conference 2010

UN-CECAR in Sri Lanka, 12-16 November 2010

  1. Conference on Traditional Knowledge for Climate and Ecosystems Change Adaptation (12 Nov) - Colombo
  2. Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) Inception Workshop (14 Nov) - Polonnaruwa
  3. 4th UN-CECAR Workshop on International Collaboration (15-16 Nov) - Sri Lanka

Registration: Please register using the web form (now closed)

The CECAR Network hosts will host a conference on Traditional Knowledge for Climate and Ecosystems Change Adaptation, Colombo. It is co-organized by UNU-ISP and the University of Peradeniya, with the support of the Mitsui Foundation, and the Globally Important Heritage Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

The main focus of the Conference is to:

  1. Learn from ingenious and indigenous local knowledge in developing innovative and sustainable adaptation strategies to climate and ecosystems change, with particular focus on Sri Lanka's unique Ancient Irrigation Systems.
  2. Highlight the latest scientific climate change adaptation research in Sri Lanka and the region.
  3. Discuss the role of higher education for climate change adaptation research

Traditional Knowledge

Local communities living harmony with their natural environment have been able to do so from accumulating generation’s worth of knowledge from learning, experimentation and innovation with their local surroundings, producing a mosaic of landscapes rich in biodiversity.

The incredibly unique ancient irrigation systems of Sri Lanka are an excellent example of this. Constructed over 1600 years ago, the ancient irrigation systems have been perfected over time, and along with it, communities have developed effective social frameworks to manage these systems. How such knowledge can be integrated with modern scientific techniques to develop sustainable adaptation strategies to tackle climate change will be the key question discussed during this Conference.

> For detailed information click here.

> Latest Program click here.

> Participant list.

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Sri Lanka 2010: UN-CECAR Conference & Workshop

Traditional Knowledge for Climate and Ecosystems Change Adaptation

12-16 November 2010 Sri Lanka

**See some photos!**

12 November 2010, Ramada Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka

The CECAR Network hosts will host a conference on Traditional Knowledge for Climate and Ecosystems Change Adaptation, Colombo. It is co-organized by UNU-ISP and the University of Peradeniya, with the support of the Mitsui Foundation, and the Globally Important Heritage Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

The main focus of the Conference is to:

  1. Learn from ingenious and indigenous local knowledge in developing innovative and sustainable adaptation strategies to climate and ecosystems change, with particular focus on Sri Lanka's unique Ancient Irrigation Systems.
  2. Highlight the latest scientific climate change adaptation research in Sri Lanka and the region.
  3. Discuss the role of higher education for climate change adaptation research

Traditional Knowledge

Local communities living harmony with their natural environment have been able to do so from accumulating generation’s worth of knowledge from learning, experimentation and innovation with their local surroundings, producing a mosaic of landscapes rich in biodiversity.

The incredibly unique ancient irrigation systems of Sri Lanka are an excellent example of this. Constructed over 1600 years ago, the ancient irrigation systems have been perfected over time, and along with it, communities have developed effective social frameworks to manage these systems. How such knowledge can be integrated with modern scientific techniques to develop sustainable adaptation strategies to tackle climate change will be the key question discussed during this Conference.

13-14 November 2010: Technical Visit

A technical field visit will be conducted on 13 and 14 November 2010 to give invited participants the opportunity to experience the ancient irrigation systems for themselves.

14 November 2010: GIAHS Inception Workshop

Indigenous and traditional agricultural systems (henceforth referred to as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems or GIAHS) have resulted not only in outstanding landscapes (some are recognised as World Heritage Sites), but, more importantly, in the perpetuation of globally significant agricultural biodiversity, maintenance of resilient ecosystems, and preservation of valuable traditional knowledge and cultural practices. They embody the principles for sustained provision of multiple goods and services, food and livelihood security, and a certain quality of life that keeps a close link with its natural environment. To date, over 100 systems world-wide have been identified as potential GIAHS sites.

This workshop will discuss the conceptual framework for a potential GIAHS site in Sri Lanka focusing on the Ancient Irrigation Systems, and in India on Saffron cultivation in Kashmir.

15-16 November 2010: UN-CECAR 4th Workshop on International Collaboration

In conjunction to the Conference, UN-CECAR will be hosting its 4th International Workshop on 15-16 November 2010 in Kandy. The Workshop (which is closed to the public) will provide an update of ongoing UN CECAR activities, with a particular emphasis on joint research development and evaluation of the recent launch of the Network’s intensive postgraduate courses held in UNU, Tokyo, September-October 2010. The Workshop also builds on the decisions taken at the last meeting in Yogyakarta, Indonesia (8-10 March 2010), and will plan the Network’s activities for the coming year.


LIST OF PARTICIPANTS


Guide for Sri Lanka (451KB)

Download file "GUIDE_CECAR_SRILANKA.pdf"


CONFERENCE BOOKLET (SPEAKERS PROFILES AND PROGRAMME)

updated Friday 12 Nov 2010 (1.6MB)

Download file "Speakers_Profile_(12112010).pdf"



Sri Lanka Conference 2010 Programme & Presentations



REGISTRATION (now closed)
Please register using the web form

For more information also view Sri Lanka Conference 2010 - Events


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Graduation Ceremony on Building Resilience to Climate Change

On October 1st, 2010 UNU-ISP successful concluded the three weeks program on Building Resilience to Climate Change.

The program consisted of three intensive courses where the first course on Building Resilience to Climate Change I was offered with focus on “Science, Impacts and Vulnerability”. The second course, Building Resilience to Climate Change II, offered in the second week, focused on “Approaches to Adaptation”. The final week provided training on geographic and climate models and software.

All the students completed the course and was awarded a certificate with transcripts from UNU-ISP. Many of the student returned to their homes while some students will continue through the month of October with their research studies at the UNU-ISP office on Comparative Studies on Development Strategies considering Impacts of Adaptation to Climate Change (CSDS-IACC).

UNU Rector, staff, students of the postgraduate program, and special guests.

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UN-CECAR launched its first intensive short courses on "Building Resilience to Climate Change"

13 September 2010

"UN-CECAR launched its first intensive short courses on 'Building Resilience to Climate Change'"

For more, read our blog entry, or visit the UNU-ISP website.

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Postgraduate Courses on Building Resilience to Climate Change

UNU-ISP invites applications for the new intensive 3-week postgraduate programme on Building Resilience to Climate Change


The United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP), Tokyo, invites applications for the new intensive 3-week postgraduate programme on Building Resilience to Climate Change, developed under the framework of the University Network for Climate and Ecosystems Change Adaptation Research (UN-CECAR). UN-CECAR is a collaborative initiative of more than 20 leading universities across Asia, committed to develop post graduate educational and research programmes on climate and ecosystems change, adaptation and sustainability science. UNU-ISP acts as the UN-CECAR Secretariat.


The new courses, which will be conducted at UNU-ISP, will cover a range of issues on sustainability and adaptation to climate and ecosystems change. Topics include climate and atmospheric science, impacts assessment, climate and society, ecosystems resilience, risk and uncertainty, integrated solutions for mitigation and adaptation, mainstreaming adaptation into development planning and community-based adaptation. Students also will receive practical training in the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and in down-scaling rainfall forecasts.


Assessment will be based on a research paper, presentations, preparation for and participation in classes, and intermediate tests. The courses are practically-oriented and will be taught by highly qualified and diverse team of natural and social science scholars.


More information here UNU-ISP homepage

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UN-CECAR Logo

Blue circle describes dynamic and cyclic nature of climate - getting to be rough due to climate change.
Three leaves show ecosystem itself with the 3 colors (green, light green and brown) illustrating the cycle of nature.

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UNU Open Colloquium on “Coping after Copenhagen: Maximizing Mexico"

19 May 2010

UNU Open Colloquium on “Coping after Copenhagen: Maximizing Mexico”, UNU

United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) is organizing a Colloquium titled “Coping after Copenhagen: Maximizing Mexico” on May 19, 2010 in Tokyo, Japan. The Colloquium is aimed at galvanizing the opinions of policymakers, administrators, researchers and the public by engaging synergistic thinking and promoting analytical discourse.

For more information here

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