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The inaugural International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC) 2017 held in Sri Lanka on the 16th-17th of February 2017 concluded successfully. The two day conference hosted by the University of Colombo and organized by The International Institute of Knowledge Management (TIIKM) was also co organized by JLanka the pioneers of the renewable energy who will be focusing mainly on mitigating climate change this year.Download Book of Abstracts - ICCC 2017
The very Famous Professor of Atmospheric Science from Colorado State University, USA Dr. A. Scott Denning delivered his keynote titled ‘Carbon Cycle Feedback: A Primary Source of Uncertainty in 21st Century Climate Change’, and continued to chair the following technical session on ‘Measurements and Modeling in Relation in Greenhouse Gas Exchange and Future Climate Prediction’ on the 1st day. The 2nd session titled ‘Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security’ was chaired by Dr. Erandathie Lokupitiya from the Department of Zoology and Environment Sciences, University of Colombo.
A workshop was also conducted on ‘The Role of Industry in Climate Change Mitigation’ by Dr. Denning and Mr. V. R. Sena Peiris, Visiting Lecturer, Mechanical Engineer, Director/CEO – NCPC, Sri Lanka.
The Consultant Structural Engineer at JLanka, Dr. T. L. Pradeep from the Department of Civil Engineering at the Open University of Sri Lanka also delivered a speech on specialization on sustainable material and green construction.
Day two kicked off with a technical session on ‘Climate Change Impact on Forests, Biodiversity Conservation and Natural Resource Management’ chaired by Prof. S. W. Kotagama from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. The second keynote of the conference was by Dr. Eleanor Milne, Affiliate Scientist from University of Leicester, United Kingdom and Colorado State University, USA on ‘Land Management and Climate Change Co-Benefits: Accounting Tools and the Carbon Benefits Project’. The 4th Technical Session based on ‘Climate Change: Impacts on Water, Sanitation and Livelihoods in the Developing World and Preparedness’, was chaired by Prof. Saroj Jayasinghe from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Dr. Erandathie Lokupitiya presented the much anticipated poster session that explored various topics ranging from climate change impact on beetles to cashew yields, from rainfall patterns to livestock and the final technical session on ‘Climate Change Adaptation, Mitigation and Sustainable Development’ was chaired by Dr. Eleanor Milne.
The highlight for JLanka Technologies was to further support local scholars and researchers of the subject. Currently JLanka is evaluating all presented papers that addressed the challenges of adverse climate change effects at the conference, especially in the health and agriculture sectors. The company will financially support the winner through a monetary grant to implement the proposed project.
The main objectives of the event were discussed in detail and the crowd was equally satisfied with the completion of the workshop. Given below are a few eye catching moments of the ICCC 2017 event;