Threat Response Opportunity Colombo 31.7.18

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As Sri Lanka experiences increasingly damaging climate events, and the prospect of vastly greater social and economic consequences from a changing climate, Dilmah Conservation, in collaboration with UNGC Network Sri Lanka and Biodiversity Sri Lanka, will initiate a national dialogue on the threats, responses and opportunities a changing climate presents. Expert Sri Lankan and international speakers will emphasise the alarming climate predictions that confront our nation, and how best businesses and individuals can adapt whilst also benefiting from opportunities in climate smart innovation in agriculture and other sectors.

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As Sri Lanka experiences increasingly damaging climate events and the prospect of vastly greater social and economic consequences from a changing climate, Dilmah Conservation,...

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  • Speakers

    Mr. Dilhan C. Fernando

    Mr. Dilhan C. Fernando

    CEO- Dilmah Tea and Chair Global Compact Network Sri Lanka

    Introduction to the forum and program objective

    Mr. Dilhan C. Fernando will introduce the forum and program objective. He explains the purpose of the event as the as, “This initiative is intended to build a nation-wide dialogue on what we should expect and prepare us for climate reality. As businesses, we have a responsibility to understand this phenomenon and the responses and adaptation we can adopt to help mitigate the cataclysmic consequences of ignoring the reality.”

    Dr. A. Nambi Appadurai

    Dr. A. Nambi Appadurai

    Director - India Adaptation Strategy Head for the Climate Resilience Practice and WRI India

    Keynote on climate risk management and adaptation in Asia and Africa

    Dr. A. Nambi Appadurai will share his experience in climate risk management and adaptation in Asia and Africa and his work on participatory approaches to support climate risk mainstreaming. Dr. Appadurai works with communities and government officials on climate risk planning and up-scaling best practices and he is currently exploring ways to integrate adaptation into development processes at the national and community levels.

    Dr. B.V.R Punyawardana

    Dr.B. V.R Punyawardana

    Climate Change Specialist, Department of Agriculture

    Global and national trends in climate change and Sectoral vulnerability, impacts, and opportunities

    Dr. Punyawardana will speak about the global and national trends in climate change along with urban farming and opportunities on integrated units for city planning. He will also focus on sectoral vulnerability, impacts, and opportunities.

    Dr. Rohan Pethiyagoda

    Dr. Rohan Pethiyagoda

    Former Deputy Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission

    Impact of climate change on agriculture, energy and biodiversity

    One of Sri Lanka’s most respected naturalists and authors, Dr. Rohan Pethiyagoda will speak on Impact of climate change on agriculture and biodiversity. Dr. Pethiyagoda is a former Deputy Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission and a Research Fellow of the Australian Museum.

    Dr Sunimal Jayathunga

    Dr Sunimal Jayathunga

    Additional Secretary, Environment Policy and Planning- Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment

    Threats and impacts of climate change to urban cities

    Dr Sunimal Jayathunga, will speak on government strategies and opportunities in green infrastructure with special reference to Moragahakanda project.

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