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Risk & Uncertainty Lecture: Evolution of Climate Change, Adaptation and Development Science and Policy

Dr Saleemul Huq from the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) will focus in his lecture on the "Evolution of climate change, adaptation and development science and policy: Some experiences from least developed countries, and Bangladesh". The fourth lecture in the Risk and Uncertainty for Sustainable Development seminar series, jointly organized by UNU Bonn and ZEF, will be held on Friday, 17 June 2011, 4 – 5.30 p.m., at ZEF (ground floor conference room).

Speaker: Saleemul Huq, Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Environment and Development and Director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development

Chair: Manfred Denich, ZEF Director

Discussant: Fabrice Renaud, UNU-EHS

Background information

Dr Saleemul Huq joined the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) in London as Director of the Climate Change Programme in 2001. His interests are in the inter-linkages between climate change (both mitigation as well as adaptation) and sustainable development, from the perspective of the developing countries (with special emphasis on the least developed countries). He has published numerous articles in scientific and popular journals, was a lead author of the chapter on Adaptation and Sustainable Development in the third assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and was one of the coordinating lead authors of ‘Inter-relationships between adaptation and mitigation’ in the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report (2007). He completed his BSc (with Honours) in 1975 from Imperial College, London, United Kingdom and his PhD in plant sciences also from Imperial College in 1978. He then taught at the University of Dhaka until 1984 when he set up (and became the first executive director of) the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. When he left BCAS in 2000, it was the leading scientific research and policy institute in the country in the field of environment and development. In 2000 he became an Academic Visitor at the Huxley School of Environment at Imperial College in London where he teaches a course on global environmental policies.