Friday, June 17, 2011

Call for Applications: Training Workshop: Urban Response to Climate Change in Asia—Understanding Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies

Climate change is now widely recognized as a major environmental challenge facing the world. The impacts of climate change, including increases in extreme weather events, elevated temperatures, sea level rise, biodiversity loss, and declines in water availability and supply, pose threats to urban areas where people, resources, and infrastructure are concentrated. Given the rapid population and urban growth in Asian cities, there is an urgent need to understand how climate change is likely to affect these regions, and what viable mitigation and adaptation strategies may be taken to reduce their vulnerability and increase their resilience to climate change.

This training workshop is funded by the National Science Council of Taiwan, and organized collaboratively by IHDP-UGEC (Urbanization and Global Environmental Change, an IHDP core project), SARCS ( Southeast Asia Regional Committee for START ) and National Taipei University. It is open to young scholars from SARCS member countries. Scholars from other countries with relevant background and field of study are welcome to apply as well. The workshop will focus on urban responses, including mitigation and adaptation strategies to climate change in Asian cities. The goal of the workshop is to collect the studies from different countries and integrate them into synthesis or research papers in hopes of providing valuable references for drafting IPCC AR5.

The purpose of this training workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners from Asia to work with international experts on urban mitigation and adaptation to climate change. Specifically, the training workshop will cover the following topics:

•  Local governance regimes for mitigation and adaptation
•  Spatial planning
•  Community-based adaptation
•  Understanding different approaches to climate change assessment
•  Urban vulnerability

Instructors and participants will be organized into group discussions and be guided to accomplish their synthesis or research papers. The objectives of the workshop include:

•  Review and share knowledge about the current state of understanding about climate change mitigation and adaptation in Asia cities.
•  Compare mitigating and adaption strategies to climate change across different countries or regions in Asia.
•  Indentify key issues of urban response to climate change in Asia.
•  Develop draft manuscripts on the identified issues.
•  Promote future collaboration of research on urbanization and climate change in SARCS member countries.

Program and Venue
The training workshop will be held from November 10th to 15th, 2011, at National Taipei University in New Taipei City, Taiwan. The program of the workshop consists of lectures, discussion and writing sessions. Lectures on each sub-theme will be given by the instructors to provide the participants an overview on the subject. However, approximately two-third of the time will be allocated for discussion and writing. Participants will be divided into groups and will be organized to group discussions in which they will be guided to analyze, compare and integrate their studies, and accomplish a synthesis or research paper after the workshop. Four sessions are proposed for the workshop:

•  Session 1: Urban spatial planning for climate change adaptation and mitigation.
•  Session 2: Urban densities and energy use.
•  Session 3: Urban adaptation and the role of local governance regimes.
•  Session 4: Vulnerability assessment of coastal cities.

For further inquiries related to the training workshop please contact:
Ms. Hui-Chen Lin
National Taipei University
No. 151 University Rd.,
Sanshia District., New Taipei City 237, Taiwan

TEL: +886-2-2674-8189 ext.67347
FAX: +886-2-8671-8801

1 comment:

john said...

That would be a good seminar. I'm pretty sure experts will come up with ways on how we should react to climate change. One more thing that is needed is environmental awareness training. People from different places of the world should be educated to be aware of what is happening with our environment and on how we should all work on it.