On Wednesday and Thursday 24 and 25 September three high level Round Table discussions are organised. In a round table a discussion is facilitated between ‘high level’ practitioners, politicians and scientists about issues of crucial importance to adaptation to climate change. The audience will be actively involved in the debate. We aim with these round tables to bring the international debate further and to table new urgent matters.
RT 1. If mayors ruled the world
The Round Table ‘If mayors ruled the world’ will put the spotlight on the power of cities in climate adaptation in deltas in relation to national governments. This round table is meant to inform the audience about the opinion of the city leaders when it comes to the importance and urgency of climate adaptation and how cities may have to take the lead. Not only because they feel the consequences of climate change directly, but also because most measures have to be taken on a local scale.
What are strategies followed by local governments when it comes to making their cities climate proof? What can be their role in international climate meetings on a high level considering the earlier mixed results? What are similarities between different delta cities? And how can they apply each other's solution in their own deltas?
RT 2. Financing climate adaptation
The Round Table 'Financing climate adaptation' will focus on the role of private actors in financing of adaptation measures in deltas. The main question to be discussed is: How to activate private finance for adaptation? What are the opportunities for private investors? What are the barriers that private actors currently experience that restricts them to invest in adaptation? And what can be done to overcome these barriers? Issues such as risk reduction strategies, innovation of financing instruments, the role of the government in stimulating private investment and success factors of existing privately funded adaptation projects will be discussed. A presentation will be given to introduce the subject, followed by an interactive discussion with the panel and public. The outcome of the Round Table will be a contribution to the international debate on how to finance adaptation measures and the innovations that can help activate (new) sources of finance.
RT 3. Community based adaptation
The Round Table 'Community Based Adaptation (CBA)' will focus on the role of CBA within the broader challenges of dealing with increasing climate risks in deltas. The three main questions to be discussed are: What are the challenges currently faced by communities in deltas, and how will these be affected by climate change? What are the likely challenges and opportunities in promoting CBA in deltas? What is needed to promote CBA in delta areas? Issues such as funding mechanisms, control by the communities over planning and finance, scaling up of CBA initiatives and how scientists can help supporting CBA, will be tabled. Two presentations will be given followed by short comments from the panelist and a discussion. The outcome of the Round Table will be a contribution to the international debate on how CBA in deltas can be strengthened through national and international policy and finance mechanisms.