Sep 22, 2006

Keynotes at Aquaterra 2007 to Address Risks, Opportunities of Climate Change

Climate change is a phenomenon with a potentially massive influence on our living conditions and welfare. While its emergence is generally predictable, the specifics are not. Aquaterra 2007, the world forum on the development of coastal and delta regions, will address this topic amongst others.
The international event will focus on managing risks and creating opportunities for delta and coastal regions at all levels, from economic and financial issues to safety and planning matters. Aquaterra 2007 will take place Feb. 7 to 9, 2007 at the Amsterdam RAI Exhibition & Congress Centre in the Netherlands. The advisory committee overseeing the conference program is chaired by the renowned consultant Dr. Gaele Rodenhuis.
Visitors to the event will be treated to the knowledge and experience of many top international speakers and major industry players. Dr. Richard Tol, senior research officer at the Economic and Social Research Institute, will discuss the economic, environmental, climate and population pressures on deltas. Dr. Erik Pasche of the River and Coastal Engineering Institute of the Hamburg University of Technology will speak on flood modeling and mapping. Project director Ton Sprong will discuss his Space for Rivers project.
Saeed Ahmed Saeed, CEO of Limitless, LLC in Dubai, will cover coastal opportunities and financial aspects in his lecture. Hendrik Postma, general manager of the Dredging Department of Royal Boskalis Westminster NV, will discuss sustainable solutions for marine and inland water constructions. Mark Lindo and Bert Groothuizen of Van Oord NV will present the economics of square meters versus cubic meters in their lecture “Reclamation Pays.”
There will also be case studies regarding the urban dilemma in the Haarlemmermeer delta (the Netherlands) project processes in complex policy environments like Hamburg, London and Dordrecht (the Netherlands), and coastal cities such as Shanghai, Singapore and New Orleans.
“Aquaterra provides its audience with clear examples of active delta and coastal development and a multifaceted case approach which covers policy, finance, knowledge and complex project execution,” Rodenhuis said.