Under the Patronage of the President of the University of Petra, Prof. Marwan Muwalla, the Faculty of Engineering / Department of Civil Engineering organized the 1st International UOP Engineering Symposium under the title “Climate Change: Adaptation Strategies”.
The symposium was dedicated to subjects relevant to adaptation strategies to climate change impacts with more focus on the case of Jordan. This main aim of the symposium was to promote interactions, to motivate discussions and to encourage collaborations among the global community on adaptation strategies to buffer climate change threats. An exchange of information about different countries experiences to develop present and future response action plans to climate change impacts in Jordan took place.
His excellency Prof. Adnan Badran, the former prime minister of Jordan, presented the different aspects and impacts of climate change on water sector in Jordan and the Arab world and possible measures to adapt to this issue.
Prof. Daniel R Brooks (USA) presented recent studies related to emerging diseases due to climate change. He presented a paper titled “Emerging Diseases: Taking Action in the Face of an Existential Threat to Civilization”. Prof. Sahar Sodoudi (Germany) gave a speech focused on presenting measures to evaluate the climate change adaptation strategies.
Local speakers from Jordan, Prof. Rida Shibli (former agriculture minister) and Ruba Ajour (Royal scientific society of Jordan) presented Climate Change and its Impact on Agriculture sector in Jordan and Initiatives to Increase Resilience of Communities Working in Agriculture to Climate Change Impacts, respectively.