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"Ajman Environment" Debates Climate Change, Sustainability In UAE, Worldwide (6 March 2018)

The Ajman International Environment Conference Ajman kicks off today under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman.

The annual congress, the fifth in a row, is held at the Sheikh Zayed Centre for Conferences and Exhibitions, Ajman University, on March 06-07, 2018, in the presence of 70 high profile researchers and experts from over 30 countries.

The summit is to shed light on major environmental issues, spanning scientific solutions to reduce the effect of climate change in the UAE, sustainability in government housing in the country, and a line-up of environmental issues in the GCC states, Arab countries and the world.

Climate Change & Sustainability 

Eng. Khalid Moeen Al Hosani, Executive Director of the Public Health and Environment Sector at the Ajman Municipality and Planning Department, said the conference, themed: ‘Climate Change & Sustainability’, includes five major scientific sessions featuring 205 specialised scientific papers from a big number of renowned experts and lecturers from 49 countries all over world.

The first, chaired by Terrence Cooke, Director of Business Development, Science Target Inc., Canada, includes a keynote address on the ‘Climate Change and Smart Water Management’ by Prof. Banu Ormeci, Professor and Jarislowsky Chair in Water and Health, Director of Global Water Institute, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carleton University, Canada.

An address on the ‘Solutions to Reduce the Effect of Climate Change in the UAE’ is to be delivered by Prof. Ali Sayigh, Chairman of WREC & Director General WREN, Chairman IEI and Med Green Forum, UK, while Prof. Nicholas Stow, Senior Planner in the Resiliency and Natural Systems Planning Unit at the City of Ottawa, in Ontario, Canada, Canada, is to lecture on ‘Resilience, Biodiversity, and Adaptation to Climate Change:  the Ottawa Example’.

An address on the ‘Groundwater Management and Protection in Times of Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities in the MENA Region’ is to be given by Prof. Ralf Klingbeil, Senior Expert Water, Environment, Sustainable Development -BGR - Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources, Germany.

Environmental Impact on the Desert

Eng Al Hosani said the second session is to feature an address on the ‘Assessing Environmental Impact of Climate Change on Desert Ecosystems: A Review’ by Latifa Saeed AlBlooshi, UAE University, UAE, while an address on the ‘Energy Performance Resilience of UAE Buildings to Climate Change’ by Kirk Shanks, The British University in Dubai, UAE.

Geraldine Seguela, Cardiff Metropolitan University, UAE, will shed light on a ‘Study to Assess Outdoor Water Evaporation in the Context of Alternative Water Reuse for Reducing Energy Consumption’ in a Medical Facility Case Study, Abu Dhabi, while Khaled Galal Ahmed, UAE University, UAE, is to talk about ‘Constructability of an Estidama and Building Codes Compliant SIP System in Adaptive Public Housing in UAE’.

An address on ‘The Political Economy of National and Energy Security: The Cases of the UAE and China’ will be presented by Panteleimon Sklias, American University in the Emirates, UAE, whereas David Gallacher, Zayed University, UAE, is to address the audience on the ‘High-Definition NDVI Sampling of Arabian Protected Areas to Assess Rangeland Condition’, and Issah M. Alhamad, Mechanical Engineering Department, UAE University, UAE, is to present a ‘Comparison between a Stand-Alone and Grid-Connected Roof Mounted PV Solar System under Abu Dhabi Net Metering Scheme Using HOMER.’

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