Conference: Managing Climate Risks in Asian Coastal Cities

HONOLULU (April 8, 2011) -- Climate change experts will gather in Taipei, Taiwan, April 11-13 for an international conference on managing climate change risk in Asian coastal cities. Conference registration is open to the media and members of the public. For more information, click here .
The Second International Conference on Cities at Risk: Building Adaptive Capacities for Managing Climate Change Risks in Asian Coastal Cities (CAR II), will be held at Taipei’s Academy of Sciences. The conference is a part of an ongoing multi-year effort titled “Cities at Risk,” which aims to reduce risks and vulnerabilities of Asian coastal cities due to climate change and urban growth.
Among the topics to be addressed are:

  • Climate change and cities: Perspectives and challenges
  • Knowledge base for risk characterization and communication
  • Assessing risk and vulnerability in Asian cities
  • Developing urban adaptation strategies
  • Adaptation measures and practices

Experts who will be present include:

  • Anond Snidvongs, SEA-START RC, Thailand
  • Antonia Loyzaga, Manila Observatory, Philippines
  • Archana Patankar, K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research, India
  • Bach Tan Sich, National Institute for Science and Technology Policy and Strategy Studies, Vietnam
  • Deborah Harfort, ACT, Simon Fraser University, Canada
  • Gordon McBean, University of Western Ontario, Ontario, Canada
  • Joern Birkmann, UNU Institute for Environment & Human Security
  • Kem Lowry, University of Hawaii, USA
  • Poonam Pillai, The World Bank
  • Raymond Chan, CEDD, Hong Kong
  • Roger Jones, Victoria University
  • Roland Fuchs, East-West Center
  • Roland Steward, University of Manitoba, Canada
  • Sarah Reed and Kai Kim Chiang, ISET
  • Tommy Firman, Institute of Technology, Indonesia
  • Wynn Chi-Nguyen Cam, International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment and RSP Architects, Planners and engineers, Singapore

CAR II is sponsored by the IRDR International Center of Excellence and hosted by the Academia Sinica, Taipei. The conference is co‐organized by the East‐West Center START, and CCaR (Canada). The first Cities at Risk conference, CAR I, was held in Bangkok in February 2009. Since then, a number of priority activities have taken place, including the formation of active city teams working on vulnerability assessment issues, the establishment of national centers throughout Asia for disaster risk management and the establishment of the IRDR International Center of Excellence at Academia Sinica in Taipei.