The need for climate change adaptation for the built environment .
Climate change adapataion strategies for built environment during design, construction and retrofitting stages, in particular for coastal regions
Opportunities and constraints in this process and also associated with pursuing the three global agendas collaboratively within the context of built environment in coastal regions: the Paris Agreement on Climate Change; the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030
To understand how we can adapt the built environment to mitigate the effects of climate change during design, construction, and retrofitting stages.
Built Environment Professionals; Representatives of Built Environment Professional Bodies; Key Stakeholders of Climate Change Adaptation Covering Policy Makers; Climate Change and Disaster Management Practitioners; and Academics.
Prof. Dilanthi Amaratunga
University of Huddersfield, UK
Prof. Ranjith Dissanayake
University of Peradniya, Sri Lanka
Prof. Janaka Ruwanpura
University of Calgary, Canada
Prof. Nishara Fernando
University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
Eng. Shiromal Fernando
Managing Director, Civil & Structural Engineering Consultants (Pvt) Limited
Eng. (Dr.) Asiri Karunawardena
Director General, National Building Research Organisation
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity. These global goals for sustainable development have been translated and embedded into many institutions’ strategic directions. Universities have a critical role in advancing sustainable development goals through research, teaching, training, capacity building and community engagement.
As the global community continues to struggle with many global crises due to many reasons, including geopolitics, conflicts, pandemics and inequalities across and within nation-states, the role of universities in leading to making a difference in societies across all dimensions of life and community is vitally important. How can universities collaborate locally and globally with governments and relevant industries to use the SDG framework to drive and deepen the efforts? More specifically, how can built environment education and leaders and practitioners across institutions locally and globally serve to advance the goals of sustainable development?
A panel of Sri Lankan and international experts will exchange ideas and experiences on the role that the global built environment education and industry sector can and should be playing in advancing the goals of sustainable development and helping to make a difference in the quality of life in societies.
What are the priorities of SDG in Built Environment Sector, including the rationale of prioritizing them?
How do you advance SDG’s strategically in your own institutions? How would you make that commitment and allocate resources practically and sustainably?
What are the barriers and challenges to advance them and how would you overcome them?
What are the models for successful local and global collaborations and projects to advance them and how would you measure the success?
- Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
University Rating on SDGs
Professor Janaka Ruwanpura
P.Eng., PQS Vice-Provost International and Associate Vice-President Research University of Calgary, Canada.
Dr. Thusitha Sugathapala
University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
Prof. Parakrama Karunaratne
University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
Mr. Gamini Senanayake
Founder CEO of Industrial Services Bureau, Former Chairman of Industrial Development Board of Ceylon