Posted on January 12, 2021
Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 7 January 2021 – Leading up to the Climate Adaptation Summit (CAS) 2021, 25-26 January, Van Oord is introducing a podcast mini-series about climate adaptation. The summit is an online global conference to accelerate, innovate and scale up the world’s efforts in adapting to the inevitable effects of climate change. Van Oord wants to accelerate the exchange of knowledge, public-private partnerships and mobilise parties for the required finance to address the issues in front of all of us. These topics are discussed in the podcast mini-series and released every week until the start of the summit.
Climate adaptation podcast miniseries starts today!
Leading up to CAS 2021, Van Oord’s Programme Lead Rachel Terry invites key figures in the fields of climate change and climate adaptation to share their vision on how to take action on the climate challenges that lie ahead.
Listen to Episode #1: How science and business can collaborate better
The first episode is about the scientific community, and the role of science in highlighting and addressing climate change. Main guest is Gail Whiteman, Professor Sustainability & Climate Change and founder of Arctic Basecamp. She shares her thoughts on the role of the business community, and which areas we need to collaborate to accelerate both climate mitigation and climate adaptation.
Episode #2: Water as the number one global risk ánd opportunity
The second episode is an interview with Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs. This podcast covers his views on the impact of climate change on water affairs globally. Henk Ovink also tells about the opportunities of water resiliency projects and building with nature solutions.
Episode #3: How to make your city more climate resilient
The third and final episode is about how to make cities more resilient against climate change. Interviewer Rachel Terry talks to the two key players in the resilience of Rotterdam, Arnoud Molenaar – Rotterdam Chief Resilience Officer and Johan Verlinde – Program Manager of the Rotterdam Climate Adaptation Plan. Both are sharing their thoughts on how private and public sector can work together to broker solutions; and how cities around the world which face similar, yet also different challenges, learn from each other.
As part of the celebration of Van Oord’s 150th anniversary in 2018, we had the honour to host former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christiana Figueres. She gave a powerful speech emphasizing the need for action to limit the effects of climate change, particularly for the world’s most vulnerable communities. Van Oord has responded to her call for action by developing the Climate Adaptation Action Plan. The Climate Adaptation Action Plan is meant to encourage meaningful dialogue between relevant parties and should result in solutions to create a better world for future generations.
Learn more about the Climate Adaptation Action Plan and join the online events during the summit.