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The event will be held on 31 July from 3.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. at the Jasmine Hall, BMICH, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7.
Expert Sri Lankan and international speakers will emphasise the alarming climate predictions that confront our nation and how best businesses and individuals can adapt whilst also benefiting from opportunities in
GCNSL Chair Dilhan C. Fernando, explaining the purpose of the initiative, said: “The inescapable truth is that climate change is here and its effects are already impacting our lives, our businesses and every aspect of our world. This year is one of the hottest on record globally and more frequent floods, storms and other climatic events will change everything. As
The inaugural forum will feature eminent speakers explaining the climate reality that Sri Lanka is witnessing, presenting forecasts for the next three decades and options for building resilience to adapt to the new reality.
In the keynote address, World Resources Institute, India Adaptation Strategy Head for the Climate Resilience Practice and WRI India,
One of Sri Lanka’s most respected naturalists and authors,
Wasantha Dissanayake, Climate Resilience expert and Additional Secretary for Environment Policy and Planning at Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment, will present climate predictions and share an overview of the nature of the threat Sri Lanka faces.
Fernando added: “The purpose of this event is not to cause alarm but to explain the causes, consequences, responses and opportunities in climate change. There have always been options for adaptation. We have collectively ignored them whilst the cost of building resilience is substantially less than suffering the consequences. It is late but not too late. This initiative is intended to build a national dialogue on what we should expect and
The inaugural climate reality event is organised with the involvement of the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment, the World Bank, UNGC Network Sri Lanka, Biodiversity Sri Lanka, CITRA Lab and the MJF Charitable Foundation.
Following the keynote address, a dialogue amongst students and experts will be facilitated by Biodiversity Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka’s first social innovation lab – CITRA Lab – to define the next steps and recommendations for business, individuals and government.
The UN Sustainable Development Goal 13 on Climate Action centres around the opportunities available for the public and private sector to accelerate adaptation options while protecting the most vulnerable from the consequences of climate change.
The compounded effect of intense droughts, floods and heat waves is increasing food insecurity and pushing already vulnerable populations further into poverty. Rural to urban migration has also intensified as farmers seek new sources of income and as a result, cities are also required to adapt to the influx of rural populations and to the influence of future rises in temperature due to global warming.
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