On July 4 and 5, 2023, the International Symposium on Climate Change and Coastal Ecosystems, organized within the framework of the LIFE Adapt Island project, was held at the Créole Beach Hôtel & SPA with great success.
THE LIFE ADAPT ISLAND PROJECT UNITES FOR A SUSTAINABLE CARIBBEAN
This major international symposium brought together some 250 international and transnational players to discuss nature-based solutions to Climate Change and the preservation of coastal ecosystems as part of the LIFE Adapt’Island project.
RENOWNED INTERNATIONAL EXPERTS
The success of the event is largely due to the presence of the international scientific committee:
- Dr Reia Guppy, coral reef specialist at the University of Trinidad & Tobago, Trinidad
- Dr Fanny Kerninon, tropical seagrass specialist at the LEMAR laboratory, Université de Bretagne Occidentale (UBO), Brest, France
- Dr Norman Clive Duke, specialist in mangrove adaptation to climate change at James Cook University, Australia
- Dr Virginie Duvat, professor of coastal geography and researcher with the LIENS laboratory at La Rochelle University, and her research assistant Ines Hatton, France
- Dr Donovan Campbell, specialist in climate change adaptation and disaster resilience in Small Island Developing States at West Indies University, Mona, Jamaica
They presented their studies and findings according to their specialties. The lectures covered a range of topics, from the current impacts of climate change on coastal ecosystems to the eco-systemic and socio-economic impact of climate change on the environment.
INTERACTION AND ENGAGEMENT
The symposium offered a unique round-table platform where presenters could share their visions on the subject with moderators, panelists and the audience. This participation, which was also open to concerned citizens, brought a variety of perspectives to the discussions.
We would like to thank you for your participation during these 2 days of exchange:
To the moderators :
- Lou Frotté, Marine Environment Officer, GPMG
- Jennifer Tocny, Environmental Engineering Project Manager, DADD, GPMP
- Cléo Baron, Land Environment Project Manager, GPMG
- Sita Narayanan, Director of Planning and Sustainable Development, GPMG
- Mélissa Dalle, LIFE Adapt’Island Project Coordinator, GPMG
And the panelists:
- Charlotte Dromard (UA)
- Catherine Hermant (ARB-IG)
- Simone Mege (Guadeloupe National Park)
- Isabelle Nasso (Office de l’Eau)
- Mélina Laurent (DEAL Guadeloupe)
- Milton Boucard (CED)
- Eléonore Mira (UA)
- Marc Gayot (ARB-IG)
- Olivier Gros (UA)
- Thomas Pleyber (ONF)
- Christophe Blazy (CAR-SPAW)
- Cynthia Caroupanapoulle (CANBT)
- Nicolas Diaz (Guadeloupe Region)
- Maitena Jean (Guadeloupe National Park)
- Laurent Juhel (Agence Géographique)
OVER 250 PARTICIPANTS IN A BILINGUAL HYBRID FORMAT
The event was an international success, attracting over 250 participants from a wide range of backgrounds, who were able to attend both remotely and face-to-face. Remote participants were able to ask questions live, and interpreters were on hand to translate discussions for those who needed them, demonstrating the logistical success of this symposium.
A CALL TO ACTION FOR A MORE COLLABORATIVE FUTURE
In conclusion, the International Symposium on Climate Change and Coastal Ecosystems, organized as part of the LIFE Adapt Island project, was a success. It highlighted the importance of collaboration and commitment from the international and transnational community to meet the challenges of climate change and the preservation of coastal ecosystems. The conclusions and recommendations emerging from this event will provide new perspectives for future actions in favor of nature-based solutions in the Caribbean basin.
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