Message from the Chair

Erandathie Lokupitiya_Climate-changeClimate change has become the most important environmental issue of the century, given the devastating impacts it has caused all over the world. Increased frequency of floods, heatwaves, droughts, and associated impacts can be heard not only from tropical islands like Sri Lanka, but also from land-locked countries or areas within such countries all around the world. The history since industrial revolution provides ample evidence for human interference with the earth’s climate system mainly through increased rates of deforestation, fossil fuel burning, and various other activities, in fulfilling the ever-increasing needs of the humanity.

In dealing with climate change, international cooperation and knowledge sharing with regard to new developments in the field are essential, as no single nation alone can deal with the complicated impacts associated with this global issue. The Paris Agreement adopted at the 21st Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP21) held in Paris in 2015 aims at limiting the global average temperature rise during the century to well below 2 0 C above pre-industrial levels by taking necessary action. The 1 st International Conference on Climate Change 2017 (ICCC-2017) organized by The International Institute of Knowledge Management (TIIKM) will be held with the theme ‘Climate Change, Facing the challenge beyond COP21’, as there is a big challenge ahead of us in facing the impacts of climate change while trying our best to reach the above targeted emission reduction by the end of the century.

One of the key goals of the conference is creating dialogue among those involved in research and development activities in Climate Change Mitigation, Vulnerability, and Adaptation, nationally and internationally. As the Chair of the conference I hope this event will create continued dialogue during and beyond the ICCC-2017, with the participation of local and international scientists. Through this event, it is envisaged to share and disseminate information relevant to research and development experiences encompassing important areas such as vulnerability to the impacts of climate change on food security, biodiversity and natural resources, health and sanitation, developments in adaptation and mitigation research, and various other aspects such as greenhouse gas measurements, modeling and climate predictions, etc. I wish to invite the representatives of the universities, research institutes, and governmental- and non-governmental institutions, etc., including the young scientists, to submit your abstracts, present and share your valuable experiences with us during the ICCC-2017, making it a great success.

Erandathie Lokupitiya, PhD
Senior Lecturer,
Department of Zoology and Environment Sciences
Faculty of Science
University of Colombo, Sri Lanka