Consequences of Climate Change: Building Resilience, Reducing Risks, Being Prepared and Managing Disasters [fr]
On the occasion of International Day for Disaster Reduction on the 13th of October and in preparation of the COP21, the Embassy of France, in partnership with the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL), with the participation of UNDP Sri Lanka, Professor Mohan Munasinghe and Handicap International, organized a conference entitled: “Consequences of Climate Change: Building Resilience, Reducing Risks, Being Prepared and Managing Disasters”.
The Ambassador of France and the President of FCCISL, Mr Ajith Wathuhewa, had the pleasure to welcome the Honourable Minister of Disaster Management, Mr Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, who graced the event as Guest of Honour.
Professor Mohan Munasinghe, Founder of MIND and expert of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change who received the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize as Chairman of IPCC gave an enlightening keynote speech about the risks that Sri Lanka could face in light of climate change. A workshop on building resilience through business continuity plans led by French expert from Handicap International, Damien Riquet, led to a host of practical recommendations which will be presented to Disaster Management Centre, UNDP and FCCISL.
With over 60 participants from businesses as well as civil society, and mostly representatives from companies and chambers of commerce of Sri Lanka, this conference allowed us to present the challenges of the COP21 for France as future presidency and to build the capacities of the local stakeholders present.