On December 1st, 2015, side meeting entitled “Climate Change and Resilience: Co-design for Urbanization in China” was held by the China Association of Science and Technology (CAST) and Chinese National Committee for Future Earth, during the 21st session of the United Nations Climate Change Framework Convention contracting party conference (COP21).
Prof. YE Qian, Beijing Normal University (BNU), academician Wu Guoxiong, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IAP/CAS), academician Du Xiangwan, former vice president, Chinese Academy of Engineering, Prof. Mu Rongping, Institute of Policy and Management of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Dr. Wang Mou, Institute for Urban and Environmental Studies Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and Dr. Huang Lei, National Climate Center, made brilliant addresses separately on transition to low carbon energy development, strategies and practices for urbanization, climate change and risk management for disasters and risks and adaptation strategies for urbanization.
In the report entitled “Orderly adaptation: meeting new challenges of rapid urbanization “, Prof. YE Qian noted that, under the background of climate change, the rapid growth of social, economic and institutional risks in the process of urbanization in China has become the new norm, and the conflict between the rules of human activities and the inherent law of the natural system is becoming more and more serious, which brings new risks. Prof. YE Duzheng, a forerunner in the field of global change, proposed the idea of orderly adaptation strategy in the process between human activities and natural processes at the end of the last century. Combined with the idea of scientific planning of Future Earth, Professor YE Qian carried out a comprehensive introduction about the new study progress of orderly adaptation research in China.
Representatives from headquarter of Future Earth, ECOSOC-COBASE, China NGO Network for International Exchanges and many other non-Governmental Organizations, media representatives from Beijing TV, Guangming Daily and other news media, and more than 80 representatives from Europe, Asia, America and Africa attended this side meeting.