The first stakeholder Seminar of the BEACON project was held as a virtual seminar via Zoom on the 11th of February 2022.
This was initiated as an additional event to the originally planned multiplier events to disseminate the findings of Output 1 and 2. The event was organized by the University of Huddersfield and the University of Colombo. There were 95 participants including undergraduate and postgraduate students, disaster management practitioners, academics, policymakers, built environment professionals.
The agenda of the event included the following.
- A brief introduction to the BEACON project
- Sustainable Development Goals and climate change adaptation – an overview
- The Paris Agreement and 2030 Agenda – need for coherent implementation, with reference to the discourse on coastal built environments
The session was chaired by Professor Nishara Fernando from the University of Colombo. The event was featured with an introduction from Background to the BEACON project by Dr Chamindi Malalgoda University of Huddersfield, UK. Following this Professor Richard Haigh conducted a presentation on Linking climate change, disaster risk and sustainable development. Afterwards Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga University of Huddersfield, UK conducted a session on the Paris Agreement, Sendai Framework and 2030 Agenda – a need for coherence in implementation. Subsequently, Shavindree Nissanka University of Huddersfield, UK conducted a presentation from the Output 1 findings on the topic of Reflection on challenges in the coastal built environment. Finally, Professor Nishara Fernando, University of Colombo led the discussion around the topic and led the Q and A session. Accordingly, this multiplier event supported the dissemination of the findings of Output 1 of the project to a wider community including representatives of built environment professional bodies, disaster management practitioners, academics, policymakers, built environment professionals in Sri Lanka and other partners countries. Many positive comments were received on the presentations and the information disseminated at the event and very productive arguments were brought forward during the discussion at the end of the session by the delegates.