Pune to host two day conference on Climate Adaptation and Services for Water , Food and Health Security
Pune 19 April 2017 : Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) through its newly established Centre for Resilience Studies (W-CReS) is organizing a two day Conference on 20 and 21st April on Climate Adaptation and Services for Water , Food and Health Security at Hotel Four Points by Sheraton,Viman Nagar . Dr. B. Venkateswarlu, the Vice-Chancellor, VasantraoNaik Marathwada KrishiVidyapeeth;R.B. Sinha, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India; Dr.R.N. Kulkarni, Chief General Manager, NABARD and Mr. Ravi Puranik, CEO, Hindustan Unilever Foundation will be present for the inauguration at 10 am on Thursday 20 April 2017. Topics to be deliberated at the event include managing ground water resources, sustainable water governance, changing weather patterns , climate change and health , heat stress,etc
The conference is being organized in collaboration with Wageningen University and Research (WUR) and with support from the European Commission (EU), Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the UK Department for International Development (DfID) and the Hindustan Unilever Foundation (HUF), with the goal of assessing existing synergies and disconnects between climate adaptation and services and enabling the formation of linkages between researchers and stakeholders.
The event will, over a period of two days, focus on the question of climate change adaptation and climate services in the context of water, food and health security. The event will present a forum where researchers and experts from India and Europe will interact with stakeholders from the civil society, public and private sectors as well as innovative small and medium enterprises in order to facilitate an exchange of knowledge and develop new partnerships.
In the context of a changing climate, there is tremendous potential for leveraging the vast knowledge generated by research to supportvulnerable communities as they adapt to these stresses and challenges. However, in order to achieve this, it is necessary to overcome the barriers that stand in the way of translating knowledge into action. Key barriers to successful climate change adaptation are the lack of systematic knowledge, low levels of research-policy interactions, and lack of successful developmental-business models which limit our ability to design policy, programmes, and services that enable households and communities to adapt to the challenges of climate change. Reducing these barriers requires closer interaction among researchers and other stakeholders (public, private and individuals) who determine how adaptation will finally occur.
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