Climate change has impacted the global economies and the nations worldwide have paid more attention towards sustainable development. However, due to the large magnitude of the impacts and costs associated with the adoption of remedial measures for reducing the impacts, the sustainability of the adopted measures might not always be viable. In dealing with climate change, sustainable remedial measures, international cooperation and knowledge sharing with regard to new developments in the field are essential, since no single nation alone can deal with the complicated impacts of climate change. The Paris Agreement adopted at the 21st Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP21) held in Paris in 2015 aims at limiting the global average temperature rise during the century to well below 2 0C above pre-industrial levels by taking necessary action. The 1st International Conference on Climate Change 2017 (ICCC-2017) was successfully held in Colombo Sri Lanka in February 2017 with the theme ‘Climate Change, Facing the challenge beyond COP21’, as there is a big challenge ahead of us in facing the impacts of climate change.
The theme of the 2nd International Conference on Climate Change 2018 (ICCC-2018) is ‘Climate change and global sustainability: Action for bridging the gap’. One of the key goals of this conference is creating dialogue among those involved in research and development activities in Climate Change Mitigation, Vulnerability, and Adaptation, nationally and internationally, with an emphasis on the sustainable development. As the Chair of the conference I hope this event will create continued dialogue during and beyond the ICCC-2018, with the participation of local and international scientists. Through this event, it is envisaged to share and disseminate information relevant to research and development experiences encompassing important areas such as vulnerability to the impacts of climate change on food security, biodiversity and natural resources, health and sanitation, developments in adaptation and mitigation research, remedial measures, and various other aspects such as greenhouse gas measurements, modeling and climate predictions, etc. I wish to invite the representatives of the universities, research institutes, and governmental- and non-governmental institutions, etc., including the young scientists, to submit your abstracts, present and share your valuable experiences with us during the ICCC-2018, making it a great success.
Erandathie Lokupitiya, PhD
Department of Zoology and Environment Sciences
Faculty of Science
University of Colombo, Sri Lanka