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Focus Day 2 - Cities, Climate Change and Adaptive Strategies

Start Date/Time:
03/11/20 6:00 PM Download ICS File
End Date/Time:
03/11/20 9:00 PM
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Date: Tuesday 3rd November
Time: 6.00 - 8.20 pm Doha Time (GMT +3)

The impact of climate change upon cities is often simply portrayed as the ‘battle of coastal cities against sea-level rise’ (SLR). While this is a concern for Doha and other coastal settlements around the Gulf’s coastline, SLR is but one of the impacts of climate change on the region. Recent predictions also show that together with SLR, there are likely to be more extreme weather events and annual temperature increases that could be several degrees above the increase in average annual world temperature predicted by the UNFCCC. Unless adaptive urban strategies are implemented this will greatly challenge human comfort and health in Qatar and the GCC region.

Like most other nations the resilience of Qatar’s existing building stock to withstand the shock of climate change is highly questionable and it is likely that significant upgrading and retrofitting will be required. Moreover, without such retrofitting works to the existing building stock, it is unlikely that Qatar will achieve the CO2 reductions it has pledged. Consideration of what these urgent adaptive strategies are and the affect that they will have upon Qatar’s built environment therefore is now critical.

The adaptive strategies necessary to deliver future resilient and sustainable urban environments in the region will be explored during this conference. Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC), together with the French Embassy in Qatar, the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies (DIGS) and Qatar University (QU), Place Dynamix M.E have assembled a team of international and local experts whom will provide important insights into both the science of climate change and the necessary adaptive strategies and their effect on the regions’ cities.


18.00 – 18.45          Welcome Note
                                Meshal Al Shamari - Director, Qatar Green Building Council

                                Welcome and introduction to The Year of Culture with France
                                H.E Franck Gellet, French Ambassador to the State of Qatar

                                Keynote presentation
                                Growing resilient, productive, livable cities in the face
                                of climate change

                                Dr Stéphane Hallegatte, Lead Economist of the Climate Change Group,
                                The World Bank

18.45 – 20.15          Session Chaired by Dr Alex Amato, Head of Research, QGBC

18.50 – 19.05          Climate Change and the Expected Impacts in Qatar
                                Dr Laurent Lambert, School of Public Administration and Development
                                Economics, Doha Institute of Graduate Studies

19.05 – 19.20          Some legal aspects of Paris Agreement
                                Dr. Talal Al-Emadi, Press Founding Director and Oil & Gas Law
                                Professor, Qatar University

19.20 – 19.35          Adaptive Planning Strategies in Light of Climate Change
                                Dr. Ian Lyne, Director, Place Dynamix M.E. Consultancy

19.35 – 19.50          The Shape of Cities in a Post Climate Changed World
                                Jean-François Blassel, Head of the Post-Carbon Architecture
                                post-graduate program, National School of Architecture of Paris Est

19.50 – 20.10           Panel Discussion and Q&A

20.10 – 20.15           Summary and Close by Dr Alex Amato


This event is run part of Qatar Sustainability Week 2020, go to www.qatarsustainabilityweek.com and register your pledge to make changes in your lifestyle for your health, wellbeing, economy, future, and the planet we live on.