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XII INTERNATIONAL GEOGRAPHICAL UNION CONFERENCE 2019

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CLIMATE CHANGE, NATURAL DISASTERS AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

FEBRUARY 22nd- 24th, 2019

ABOUT CONFERENCE

Climate change is a natural phenomenon and the earth’s climate has changed throughout the history. Prior to the abrupt end of last ice age our planet earth has gone through seven cycles of glacial advances and retreats thereby marking the dawn of the modern climate epoch. Majority of these climate changes are attributed to slight variations in earth’s orbit that change the incoming amount of solar energy. But the present warming trend holds significance as it is induced by anthropogenic activities ever since the advent of industrial revolution and is presently proceeding at a rate that is unprecedented over decades. As a result the planets average surface temperature has increased by 1.1 Degree Celsius since the late 19th century, a change primarily driven by enhanced Carbon Dioxide and other anthropogenic emissions into the atmosphere. As per the IPCC most of the warming occurred in the last 35 years with 2016 being the warmest year on record. The glaciers are retreating almost everywhere around the world and the sea level has risen by 8 inches in the last century. Climate change impacts are prominently visible with increasing severity in the form of natural disasters like floods in Asia and Europe and hurricanes in USA. These global environmental challenges are the main factors controlling human-wellbeing and security and stability of the future generations. Therefore there is pressing need for attention to climate related disasters for mobilizing broader climate action. This can only be realized by switching to path of low carbon emission, green and sustainable growth, improving disaster resilience and judicious use of natural resources. Developments can only become sustainable when the governments and local communities combine natural disasters prevention and controlling climate change into national growth strategies. The endeavour of the seminar is to disseminate knowledge and share expertise and experiences in climate change, natural disasters and sustainable development issues and challenges. It also strives to build linkage between national and international professionals from diverse fields.The IGU Seminar aims to contribute towards various global initiatives like ICSU Initiatives on Health and Wellbeing in the Changing Urban Environment: a Systems Analysis Approach, UN Disaster Risk Reduction, Making City Resilient, HABITAT III and Future Earth Initiatives.

Areas of interests include (but are not limited to):

Earth and Climate Change issues.
Natural Resources and Environmental issues.
Natural Disasters and Disaster Management
Land use / Land cover Changes and Environment
Globalization, Industrialization and Environmental issues.
Climate Change and Biodiversity Conservation
Disaster Risk Reduction
Environment and Health.
Disaster Resilience
Development and Sustainability
Gender Equality for Sustainable Future
Population Pressure, Natural Resource Use and Climate Change
Urbanization and Environmental Issues
Urban and Regional Planning
Water Resource Management
Coastal and Marine Issues
Development and Geopolitics
Sustainable Development Goals and Policies
Agricultural Development, Forestry and Biotechnology
Sustainable Agriculture and Land Use
Role of GIS Technology

Special Discussion Sessions

Sustainable Development Goals in South-East Asia
Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience
Geoparks and Geoheritage
Future Earth Initiative
Urban Health and Well-Being in Changing Urban Environment

ABOUT HOST INSTITUTION

Established in 1983 government Post-Graduate College, Sector-1, Panchkula is an academic institution with a long tradition of excellence. Having fully developed infrastructure facilities, peer friendly environment and well qualified teaching staff, the college is keeping pace with modern technology and is taking rapid strides in all realms of development. The college has been selected to be a College of Excellence by the State Govt. of Haryana. The college is student-centered, innovative and committed to teaching excellence that advances the lifelong educational development of its students, strengthening their economic social and cultural life.In the long journey of its 35 years, the college has produced professionals, intellectuals, teachers, politicians, sportsmen of high repute. Apart from providing Bachelor Degree courses and Professional Degree Courses, the College also offers Post-Graduate Degree courses in various streams. The Department of Geography has got well-qualified teaching faculty. The institute regularly conducts seminars, workshops, training programmes, outreach workshops, sensitization and advocacy meetings.

ABOUT PANCHKULA

Panchkula is a planned satellite city of the Union Territory of Chandigarh located in the picturesque foothills of the Shivalik. The only Hill station in Haryana called Morni is also located in this District. The origin of the name Panchkula is based on the five irrigation canals (or kuls as they were called, making it Panch Kul of five canals) that take water from the Ghaggar in the uphill section and distribute it from Nada Sahib to Mansa Devi. Panchkula district has a subtropical continental monsoon climate where the seasons are, hot summer, cool winter, good monsoon rainfall. The modern planned city of Chandigarh is located at a distance of 5 kms. The historical Pinjore Garden, Rock Garden, Sukhna Lakh, Rose Garden, Chandigarh Museum, Leisure Valley, Cactus Garden and Chhatbir Zoo are important places of interaction located within a radius of 10 kms.