On Friday 1 October three high level Round Table discussions will be held for government officials, the business community, policy makers and NGOs.
A few selected people are invited around the table and will discuss issues of crucial importance to adaptation to climate change, such as mechanisms for financing adaptation measures, the role of cities and the role of the business community in climate adaptation. The audience will be actively involved in the debate.
Round Table: Financing adaptation
The total annual gross costs of adaptation for all sectors are estimated by the WorldBank at almost U$ 100 billion. The COP-15 of the UNFCCC agreed to commit U$30 billion to developing countries for low carbon growth and adaptation till 2012 and that from 2020 onwards U$ 100 billion should be made available annually. The Round Table will discuss perspectives on these estimations, outlooks on how to raise these amounts from the UNFCCC and will have financiers including representatives of Development Banks present their views on financing modalities and criteria for loans and grants. Representatives from municipalities, countries and sectors will give their views on the needs for adaptation funds and their ideas about strategies to generate financing as well as strategies for revenue generation.
The Round Table will initiate a dialogue between financiers and lenders that is to be continued beyond the international Delta Conference with follow up in COP-16 (December 2010, Cancun Mexico), Stockholm World Water Week (2011) and the World Water Forum 6 (March 2012, Marseille, France).
Round Table: Business community in climate adaptation
The Dutch business community may find lots of opportunities in the transition to a climate proof, global society in developing new products and new ways of working. This round table discussion gives an opportunity to explore the roles and opportunities of the business community in climate proofing the Netherlands and in contributing to climate proofing other Delta areas. High ranking people from the building and project developing community and from a consultancy firm are invited to discuss among themselves and with the public questions such as:
- What are the opportunities climate adaptation offers to the building and consultancy community?
- What are the problems companies may be facing in this field?
- How could banks or insurance companies help with investment and insurance strategies?
- What is the role of project developers and architects in climate proofing?
Government and science can support the business community to enter in the climate proofing field. One of the questions will also be what do companies expect from government and science?
Round Table: Role of cities
The Round Table 'Role of cities' will put the spotlight on climate adaptation in deltas. This round table is meant to give the audience the opportunity to learn about the different approaches of adaptation taken by delta cities worldwide. What are strategies followed by local governmentswhen it comes to making their cities climate proof? Which solutions and methods are implemented? What are similarities between different delta cities? And how can they apply each other's solution in their own deltas?