|Where rivers flow into the sea, where lowlands encounter bays and oceans, people have settled since times immemorial. The land is fertile and easy to work; it is easy to transport people and goods over long distances. Living in deltas brings many advantages. But the coin has another side: dangers from flooding and from salt intrusion in times of drought. Climate change worsens the dangers and intensive use makes deltas more vulnerable to those threats. |
Deltas have problems in common. They can learn from each other. They can cooperate in research and find common innovative solutions. Some deltas and delta cities already work closely together. Such cooperation can rapidly advance problem-solving. Connecting Delta Cities and the Delta Alliance, are both good examples of such fruitful cooperation.
To foster cooperation and the sharing of knowledge and experience, the city of Rotterdam, the Dutch research programme Knowledge for Climate and the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment and Ministry of Foreign Affairs wish to invite you to the second international Delta conference in the Netherlands:
Deltas in Times of Climate Change II
Rotterdam, the Netherlands
24 - 26 September 2014
The conference will be held in Rotterdam, a city that has worked hard to make itself climate resilient, a city that searches permanently for innovative ways to turn threats of climate change into opportunities for the city.
Politicians, scientists, policy makers, practitioners, entrepreneurs -- all those wishing to know how deltas can adapt to climate change are invited to contribute. We expect internationally known scientists, senior government officials, mayors of big delta cities and CEO’s of big companies to present and share their views, innovations and practices in the field of adaptation to climate change.
The conference pursues three main goals:
- Exchange of up-to-date top science on climate change and delta planning
- Exploring and strengthening the links between science, policy and practice
- Strengthening of international cooperation between deltas and delta cities
The accent of the conference is on planning and investment in times of climate change. Themes to be discussed are: flood risk management, salt intrusion and fresh water supply, adaptation in rural areas, climate proofing of cities, infrastructure and networks, climate projections, governance, decision support tools and cooperation.
The call for papers will be sent out in November 2013.
We hope to see you in Rotterdam in September 2014, so please mark the dates in your calendar.
Tuesday 05 March 2013