On 23rd January, 2015, the United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA) will be hosting a special seminar on the topic Future Challenges to Environmental Risk Management. This will be delivered by Professor Jakob Rhyner, the Vice Rector of the United Nations University in Europe and Director of the Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), based in Germany. The event is starting at 10am at the UNU-INRA head office in Accra.
The presentation will discuss some current trends in environmental risk management, particularly ecosystem based solutions. The current state of the climate negotiations is reviewed, particularly the recent Loss and Damage discussion, resulting from limits to adaption capacity, in rural as well as urban spaces. The presentation will conclude with overview of the Post-2015 (the Sustainable Development Goals) Agenda, in which future environmental risks management strategies should be integrated.
About the Presenter
Professor Jakob Rhyner holds a Diploma and PhD in Theoretical Physics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. Currently, he is a Professor at the Agricultural Faculty of the University of Bonn. His current research focus and responsibilities include Environmental risks research and capacity building. He has been active in several professional organisations including being a Co-Chair of the Future Earth Implementation Board 2012-13, member of the board of the German Committee for Disaster Reduction (DKKV) 2001-2011, and member of the Swiss Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research (SLF) in Davos Switzerland.
The general public is cordially invited.
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