No excuse for inaction
'We should take action now, and we should do it together.' These words, in this form or another, have been uttered many times in different sessions during the first day of Deltas in Times of Climate Change II.
Minister Melanie Schultz called for a more prominent place for delta protection on the international agenda, quoting President Obama: 'You can ignore the facts but you can’t deny them.' International president of the WWF, Yolanda Kakabadse stressed there was no excuse for inaction at this time: 'Government and business must take action now.'
These are words not always heard at scientific conferences, but Deltas in Times of Climate Change II is a different type of conference: here science and practice meet and knowledge is actively shared between these domains to help understanding the effects of climate change and simultaneously creating solutions for it.
During Deltas in Depth sessions participants discussed for example climate change and delta ecosystem functioning and how to make room for rivers in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. In Deltas in Practice sessions participants took part in decision-making excercises and design tools.
An overview of some of the highlights of the first day is published in the Daily Delta, a daily online magazine created especially for this conference.
Thursday 25 September 2014