Deltares contribution to UN Climate Change Conference (COP26)

Published: 30 October 2021

Around the world storms, floods and wildfires are intensifying. Air pollution affects the health of tens of millions of people and unpredictable weather causes untold damage to homes and livelihoods too. Despite the opportunities we are not acting fast enough. Countries need to join forces urgently. To achieve this, the UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 31 October until 12 November 2021. Several Deltares experts will also contribute to this conference.

Bringing countries together

The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Annemieke Nijhof (Managing Director Deltares): “The Netherlands has an excellent starting position: we carefully measure and monitor developments and work on long-term strategic foresights in the Delta Programme. Adapting to climate change however requires action now: major adjustments to our use of space and land or our infrastructure always take a long time. We must examine to what extent we can work ahead. We cannot leave the bill for energy transition and adaptation measures to our children.”

Presentations Deltares experts

Deltares experts Marjolijn Haasnoot, Roshanka Ranasinghe and  Bart van den Hurk are involved in several sessions at the COP26:

Date Session Organized by Deltares presenter
Wed. 3 November, 9.30-10.30 Decision making under deep uncertainty: what do we need to do to prepare for the worst?

Presentation: High Impact, Low Likelihood climate events: what must we do to prepare for the worst?

COP Science Pavilion: co-hosted by the World Meteorological Organization, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Met Office, with support from the UK COP26 Presidency.

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Marjolijn Haasnoot

“Due to the great uncertainty, the climate problem requires a completely different approach. Policymakers need to prepare for a wide range of possible outcomes, called adaptive planning.”

 

Wed. 3 November

11.00 – 12.30

Scaling up the use of Nature Based Solutions is critical for climate adaptation in Africa Africa Pavilion

Organized by African Development Bank

Bregje van Wesenbeeck

We need to integrate natural systems, flows of sediment, nutrients, species and water, in infrastructure development. The challenge to implement NbS at large scale to create resilience against climate change effects in an entire basin from mountains, to cities and coasts”.

Sat. 6 November, 9.30–10.30 The future of the ocean and cryosphere is in our hands. COP Science Pavilion: co-hosted by the World Meteorological Organization, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Met Office, with support from the UK COP26 Presidency.

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Roshanka Ranasinghe

“Coastal floods that in the past happened just once every 100 year are likely to happen multiple times a year by 2100, if we do not immediately make deep and cuts in emissions.”

 

Sat. 6 November, 12.45-14.15 An overview of the assessment of climatic impact-drivers in Europe and the Interactive Atlas that was produced as part of AR6. UTC in the IPCC-WMO pavilion Bart van den Hurk

“We now have the clearest knowledge of how the climate has changed in the past and how it can change in the future, depending on our decisions and actions today?”

 

 

Mon. 8 November, 9.15-10.15 Australia and New Zealand past and future climate. COP Science Pavilion: co-hosted by the World Meteorological Organization, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Met Office, with support from the UK COP26 Presidency.

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Roshanka Ranasinghe

Wed. 10 November 16:00-16:45

 

A new approach for hydro-climatic risk management

This session will introduce a new perspective for the combined management of floods and drought, a combined manner.

Water and Climate Pavilion – Disaster Risk Reduction Day Ana Nunez Sanchez and Eelco van Beek

Ana: “Hydro-climatic risks do not have to become disaster if we properly manage them. The EPIC Response Framework can help governments to raise to the challenge to manage floods and droughts, one of the most tangible and devastating consequences of the climate crisis.”