Climate change is known to impact coastal areas in a variety of ways. According to the 5th Assessment Report produced by the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), coastal zones are highly vulnerable to climate change and climate-driven impacts may be further exacerbated by other human-induced pressures
Apart from sea level rise which poses a threat to both human well being and property, extreme events such as cyclones and storm surges lead not only to significant damages to property and infra-structure, but to salt water intrusion, the salinisation of groundwater, and intensification of soil erosion, among many other problems. There are also many negative impacts to the natural environment and biodiversity, which include damages to important wetlands and habitats that safeguard the overall ecological balance, and consequently the provision of ecosystem services and goods on which the livelihoods of millions of people depend.
These impacts are particularly acute in the developing countries and island Sates in the Pacific, Caribbean, Latin America and Asian region, since they have limited access to the funding and technologies needed to allow them to be more resilient and recover from the damages caused by hurricanes, floods and other extreme events.
The above state of affairs illustrates the need for a better understanding of how climate change affects coastal areas and communities, and for the identification of processes, methods and tools which may help the countries and the communities in coastal areas to adapt and become more resilient. There is also a perceived need to showcase successful examples of how to cope with the social, economic and political problems posed by climate change in coastal regions.
It is against this background that the “Symposium on Climate Change Impacts and Adaption Strategies in Coastal Communities” is being organized by the Research and Transfer Centre “Applications of Life Sciences” of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany), the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP) and ADRIA Samoa. The Symposium will be a truly interdisciplinary event, mobilizing scholars, social movements, practitioners and members of governmental agencies, undertaking research and/or executing climate change projects in coastal areas and working with coastal communities.
The “Symposium on Climate Change Impacts and Adaption Strategies in Coastal Communities” will focus on “managing climate change in coastal regions”, meaning that it will serve the purpose of showcasing experiences from research, field projects and best practice to foster climate change adaptation in coastal areas and communities, which may be useful or implemented elsewhere.
Letzte Änderung: 20.12.16
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