November 3, 2016

Union of Concerned Scientists Participating in Three Side Events at COP22 in Marrakech

WASHINGTON (November 3, 2016)—The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) will participate in three side events during the first week of the United Nations’ climate change summit (COP22) in Marrakech. Details for these events are located below and can also be found here. Members of the press are welcome.

World Heritage & Water After Paris: Cultural Resources, Protected Areas and the 1.5 Degree Celsius Imperative

WHAT

This UCS-hosted event will discuss resilience strategies to preserve cultural heritage and traditional water management systems associated with World Heritage sites. It will also examine how sustainable water management lessons learned over generations can inform disaster risk reduction and how the Warsaw Mechanism will be implemented as regional water scarcity grows. This event is organized by UCS in partnership with the InterEnvironment Institute, International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), and SeaTrust Institute.

WHO (alphabetical order)

  • Samir Bensaid, director general, International Institute for Water & Sanitation, Morocco
  • Abdelati Lahlou and Khalid El Harrouni, directeurs adjoint chargé de la recherch, Ecole Nationale d'Architecture/Maroc-ICOMOS, Morocco
  • Karin Lexén, director; World Water Week, International Policy and Prizes, and Stockholm International Water Institute; Sweden
  • Adam Markham (moderator), deputy director, UCS Climate and Energy Program, USA
  • Andrew Potts, US-ICOMOS, USA
  • Mechtild Rössler, director, UNESCO World Heritage Centre, France
  • Sandeep Sengupta, global coordinator, Climate Change Portfolio at IUCN, Switzerland
  • Lynn Wilson, executive director/CEO, SeaTrust Institute, USA

WHEN

Wednesday, November 9, 2016, at 16:45-18:15 WET

WHERE

COP22 Venue in Marrakech, Blue Zone, Mediterranean (300) Room. Please note this event is only open to Blue Zone badge holders.

Networking Reception Hosted By UCS, UNESCO and ICOMOS

WHAT

Uniting those working at the intersection of culture, heritage, and a changing climate. Food and drinks will be available.

WHO

  • Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)
  • International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Economic Organization (UNESCO)
  • Additional NGOs

WHEN

Thursday, November 10, 2016, at 18:30-20:30 WET

WHERE

COP22 Venue in Marrakech, Green Zone, UNESCO Pavilion. This event is open to all badge holders.

International Sustainable Tourism Symposium

WHAT

This event hosted by the Moroccan Embassy of Tourism will bring together global experts dedicated to advancing sustainable tourism in a changing climate. At this event, Adam Markham, deputy director of the Climate and Energy Program at UCS, will be presenting on findings from a recent report titled World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate (2016) released in partnership with UNESCO and UNEP.

WHO

  • Minister Lahcen Haddad, Moroccan Ministry of Tourism
  • Government of France
  • Dr. Dirk Glaesser, United Nation’s World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
  • Adam Markham, deputy director, UCS Climate and Energy Program, USA

WHEN

Friday, November 11, 2016. The symposium will begin at 9:00 WET and conclude at 17:30. Markham will be presenting from 10:30-10:45 WET.

WHERE

Palmeraie Golf Palace/Hotel Du Golf, Tensift-El Haouz in Marrakech, Morocco. This is a public event, but registration is required