Dr. Erandathie (Erandi) Lokupitiya
Department of Zoology and Environment Sciences,
University of Colombo.
Climate Change Secretariat
The Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment
The International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC) 2017 organized by The International Institute of Knowledge Management (TIIKM) Sri Lanka and JLanka Technologies, in collaboration with the University of Colombo as the hosting partner, the University of Leicester as the academic partner and the Environmental Foundation Ltd as the strategic partner, was held on the 16th and 17th of February at the Kingsbury Hotel, Sri Lanka. ICCC 2017 was held under the theme “Climate Change: Facing the challenge beyond COP21”, and was chaired by Dr Erandathie Lokupitiya, Senior Lecturer of the Department of Zoology and Environment Sciences, University of Colombo.
The opening remarks of ICCC 2017 were made by Conference Chair Dr Erandathie Lokupitiya who spoke on the importance of organizing a conference of this calibre. In 2015 COP 21, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference aimed to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of limiting the temperature increase to less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels. Dr. Lokupitiya also spoke about the Nationally Determined Contributions – targets set by COP 21for member countries, as well as about the challenges in meeting these targets.
The conference consisted of five technical sessions, during which researchers from around the world presented their research findings. The technical sessions were:
1. Measurements and modelling in relation to greenhouse gas exchange and future climate prediction
2. Climate change, agriculture and food security
3. Climate change impacts on forests, biodiversity conservation and natural resource management
4. Climate change: Impacts on water, sanitation and livelihoods in the developing world and preparedness
5. Climate change adaptation, mitigation and sustainable development
The highlight of the inauguration of ICCC 2017 was the keynote address by Prof. A. Scott Denning (Professor of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, USA) on “Carbon Cycle Feedback : A Primary Source of Uncertainty in 21st Century Climate Change”. On the second day of the conference the participants had the privilege of hearing from Dr. Eleanor Milne (Affiliate Scientist, University of Leicester, United Kingdom and Colorado State University, USA) as she spoke on “Land Management and Climate Change Co-Benefits; Accounting Tools and the Carbon Benefits Project”.
A workshop on “The role of industry in climate change mitigation” was organized in line with ICCC 2017. This segment featured 4 speakers who shared their industrial experience with the other participants and gave insight to measures taken by industries to alleviate the impact of climate change on the environment and society. The participants had the opportunity to listen to Prof Scott Denning, Dr T.L. Pradeep representing JLanka Technologies (Pvt) Ltd, Mr V. R. Sena Peiris, founder and former CEO of the National Cleaner Production Center and Ms Shyamika Shiwanthi, an undergraduate of the University of Colombo.
ICCC 2017 provided a solid platform for over 100 researchers and policy makers from across the globe to share their research findings with one another and to discuss the policy implications. The conference provided a refreshing experience for all, especially for the young researchers who had the opportunity to share their research findings on an international platform and to gain a better understanding about how other individuals and organizations are meeting the challenges beyond COP 21.
Dr. Scott Denning
Department of Atmospheric Science,
Colorado State University,
Director of Education,
Center for Multiscale Modeling of Atmospheric Processes
Topic : “Carbon Cycle Feedback: A Primary Source of Uncertainty in 21st Century Climate”
Dr. Eleanor Milne
University of Leicester, UK
Topic : “Land Management and Climate Change Co-Benefits; Accounting Tools and the Carbon Benefits Project”