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EnviroCities 2012: 3 -5 December 2012
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EnviroCities 2012: 3 -5 December 2012

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Al Madinah Regional Municipality, Dubai Municipality and The Environmental Center for Arab Towns are pleased to announce the third International Conference, EnviroCities 2012, under the title, “Climate Change: The Role of Cities” on 3 -5 December 2012 at Le Meridien Madina Hotel, KSA.

The conference theme is “Climate Change: The Role of Cities” that aims at improving the environmental situation in Arab Cities especially with the current challenges facing these cities. The Conference offers the delegates a distinctive forum for exchanging ideas and discussing the role of cities in climate change including strategies and initiatives across the region. The conference is expected to bring together more than 500 delegates including leading figures in the field from around the world including local government’s officials, practitioners, and specialists.

Climate change is a global phenomenon. Rising global temperatures will result in disturbed weather patterns and a rise in sea level. Urban centers are strongly affected by climate change. However, cities are also a key contributor to climate change, as city activities are a main source of greenhouse gas emissions. If global efforts to address climate change are to be successful, they will need to integrate city requirements and environmental management capacities. Only with a coordinated and an integrated approach and actions at the global, regional, national and local levels can success be achieved. Many cities are taking the lead to reduce their impact on the global climate.

The main sources of greenhouse gas emissions in cities are the use of energy in industrial purposes, transportation, and buildings (heating or cooling, lighting, and appliances) and waste decomposition. Transport is an important contributor to GHG emissions in almost all cities, although its relative contribution varies a lot from different cities worldwide.

In the Arab Region, the impacts of climate change are clearly noticed, ranging from longer and more intensive drought periods, very less rainfalls, water scarcity among others. In general, marginalized people will be more affected. In an era of rapid urbanization, mainly developing countries, cities are increasingly at risk, as climate change impacts add to and reinforce existing environmental, economic and social problems.

The key topics of the conference include:
Climate Change indicators, causes and parameters.
Strategies, legislations and Methods for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
Zero Carbon Cities
Green Energy
Green Building
Cities Best Practices and Success Stories for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
Green Transport
Green Lifestyles
Green Economy

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