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
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.