IPS Policy Engagement Forum Highlights Challenges in Battling Climate Change

24 May 2018
Dr. Saman Kelegama Auditorium, IPS

One of the major challenges when it comes to battling the negative impacts of climate change is bridging the climate information gaps, said an expert at a recent Policy Engagement Forum organised by the IPS.

IPS Research Fellow and the Head of the Environment Research Unit, Athula Senaratne, noted that as Sri Lanka is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to climate change, the main focus of the country should be on climate adaptation. This means that, while post-impact assistance is also important, implementing pre-impact interventions should be the primary goal of Sri Lanka.

In this regard, closing communication gaps between farmers and policymakers is vital, he further noted during his presentation. Dr. Senaratne highlighted that IPS, together with the Department of Meteorology and Janathakshan have been involved in the process of combining Climate Information Products (CIPs) and farmers’ local knowledge to develop a more efficient and advanced climate information management system.

Meanwhile, Director General of the Department of Meteorology, Mr. Sarath Premalal, who was the chief guest of the forum, asserted that it is important to develop adaptation actions and policies with solid scientific foundation.

“For this we need research and innovation, both which are crucial for successful climate action,” he claimed.

The Policy Engagement Forum on Climate Change was held on 24 May 2018, at the Dr. Saman Kelegama Auditorium of IPS.

The forum brought together various stakeholders who are involved in climate action. A working group discussion was also included as part of the forum.