Special events

During the conference a number of special events will be organised. Announcements for the following special events will follow shortly:

  • Adaptation for Development and Conservation Partnership
  • Launch Delta Coalition
  • AF2016 press conference

Also a number of side events will be organised.
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What Launch of the ERA4CS submission portal
Where Adaptation Expo, booth JPI
When 13.00-13.10

On 10 May, the official 'go' to submit proposals for ERA4CS, a European research network gathering 45 partner organisations from 18 countries, will take place at the Adaptation Futures 2016 conference.
For this keystone in the history of JPI Climate, Commission’s Director General for Research and Innovation, Robert-Jan Smits, together with his counterpart in the Dutch Ministry for Environment and Infrastructure, Peter Heij, will come to the JPI Climate booth to officially launch the ERA4CS submission portal for this flagship project that is financed by member states with a 33% contribution by the EU framework programme Horizon 2020.
>> Read more in the press announcement


What Launch of UNEP Adaptation Finance Gap Report
Where J.F. Staal Room
When 15.45-16.15

Join the launch of the UNEP Adaptation Finance Gap Report. Building on the 2014 Adaptation Gap Report, this new UNEP report zooms in on the likely costs of meeting adaptation needs in developing countries now and in the future, and the finance available and required to meet these costs. Key findings of the report will be presented and discussed in the context of the Paris Agreement and its implementation.  The event also features a Q&A session. This event is open to all.

Are you interested in taking part? Send an email to Skylar Bee 

What Launch of the global benchmark report Sustainable Cities Index Water by Arcadis
Where Town Hall Room, 23rd floor
When 17.45-18.45

During this event Arcadis celebrates the launch of the first Sustainable Cities Index Water, a study of 50 major global cities by their water sustainability, measuring how effective they are in terms of resiliency, efficiency and quality. During a festive gathering Arcadis will reveal the results of this global research. Mr Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs at Kingdom of the Netherlands will receive the official first copy of this research from Frank Goossensen, European Director Water at Arcadis. Arcadis network relations attending the Adaptation Futures Conference and interested attendees of the Round Table Nature based-solutions in cities are welcome at this event.

Are you interested in taking part? Send an email to Astrid Joosten


What  City & business match
Where  Adaptation EXPO, booth Netherlands Water Partnership
When  during lunch break

Five cities are looking for innovative solutions to help them become more resilient. The Netherlands Water Partnership connects them to the right partners. Come to our City&Business Match and go on a speeddate with representatives from these five selected cities. Your solution might be just what they are looking for! The City & Business match will be organised around the booth of the Netherlands Water Partnership. At five tables, business and city representatives will exchange ideas in quick 10 minute sessions.

Are you interested in taking part? Send an email to Annemieke van Zuylen

What Launch of the Expertise HUB to EMPOWER and UPGRADE the INFORMAL SECTOR
Where J.F. Staal Room
When 17.30-18.30

The informal sector is an under-estimated and under-recognized driver of local economic growth. Empowering them is one of the most effective ways to stimulate sustainable economic and inclusive growth in Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States.

The expertise hub is a tool of implementation for the Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement for creating more resilient communities.

The Hub works with and on behalf of the informal sector. It brings together Top Down actions and Bottom Up needs and challenges in a structured and integrated manner.

The objective is to turn challenges in opportunities!

Contact details
H.R.H. Princess Abze Djigma
CEO ABZESOLAR S.A., Founder and Leader of The Initiative MAMA-LIGHT for Sustainable Energy, Board Member of UNISDR Private Sector  Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies and Energy Focal Point, President Senior Advisor External relations and Gender for the Center, Region Council of Burkina Faso


What Increasing water awareness: Water Atlas of the World
Where Adaptation EXPO, booth host EU NL
When 10.30-11.00

In 2017, on the initiative of Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs for the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Noordhoff Uitgevers and Lijn43, in collaboration with the Dutch national government and national and international partners, will bring onto the market the first Water Atlas of the World.

This atlas will contain hundreds of maps, photographs and illustrations that provide an up-to-date and coherent picture of global challenges and urgencies in the water domain. The Atlas will present water-related economic, ecological, sociological and political perspectives. It will combine different geographical scales, from individual towns, regions and projects to global trends and developments. The Atlas aims at extending the general public’s international water awareness and inspiring administrators and decision-makers with a sense of urgency and creative, integrated solutions.

Are you interested in taking part? Send an email to Lijn43


What Launch of The ADVANCE Approach
Co-generating and integrating climate risk information to build resilience for development, disaster risk reduction, and conservation
Where J.F. Staal Room
When 11.30-12.30

During this event World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Columbia University Center for Climate Systems Research (CCSR) will release the first edition of The ADVANCE Approach. This publication is a guide for collaborating with stakeholders to co-generate and integrate climate risk information into the process of building resilience for development, disaster risk reduction, and biodiversity conservation.

Launched in 2015, ADVANCE was jointly developed by WWF and CCSR to facilitate planning and deci¬sion-making by providing new ways of applying climate risk information to build resilience. The ADVANCE Ap¬proach is being piloted in Bhutan, Colombia, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, and Nepal among other countries.

Cynthia Rosenzweig, Senior Research Scientist (Columbia University and NASA GISS) and Shaun Martin, Senior Director, Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience (WWF-US) will introduce The ADVANCE Approach at the launch.

This event is open to all.

Are you interested in taking part? Send an email to Manishka De Mel