Adaptation of low-lying river deltas is urgent and action is required now! Floods in Bangkok and the Thames delta, salt intrusion in Egypt and Bangladesh: these are just some examples of rising risks to deltas and delta cities driven by climate change. Action is required now. Exchanging scientific knowledge, lessons learned and best practices is vital.

The second edition of the international conference Deltas in Times of Climate Change will make that happen. Registration to this major Dutch conference is now open.

Deltas in Times of Climate Change II will take place in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on 24 - 26 September 2014. This year´s theme is Opportunities for people, science, cities and business.

Up-to-date top science
The three main goals of the conference are:
● exchange of up-to-date top science on climate change and delta planning
● exploring and intensifying the links between science, policy and practice
● strengthening of international cooperation between deltas and delta cities

dws-dt2014-conference-2010-plenair-350pxWell attended first edition in 2010

Many sessions
Delegates can enjoy three plenary sessions and choose between many sessions:
● Deltas in Practice: sessions to showcase and discuss experiences with adaptation, best practices, case studies, tools and methods
● Deltas in Depth: sessions with presentations and discussions of scientific findings of Delta research and its relevance for practical applications
● Delta Sessions: presentations and discussions about challenges of specific deltas and solutions
● Round Tables: round table discussions for government officials, the business community, policy makers and NGOs: Mayors Table, financing adaptation and community based adaptation

dws-dt2014-first-conference-2010-exhibition1-350pxExhibition in the World Trade Center in 2010

Top level speakers
Confirmed prominent speakers from the Netherlands include Ahmed Aboutaleb (Mayor of Rotterdam),  Wim Kuijken (Dutch Delta Commissioner) and  Melanie Schultz van Haegen (Minister Infrastructure and the Environment).

And speakers from abroad include Stéphane Hallegatte (Worldbank), Yolanda Kakabadse (International President WWF), Chris Rapley (Chair London Climate Change Partnership), and Thomas Stocker (University of Bern, top climate scientist).

It is still possible to submit posters or scientific abstracts till March 13.

This news item was originally published on the website of Climate Delta Conference.

More information
Deltas in Times of Climate Change II
The Netherlands
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