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Dr. Sandra Piesik

Dr Sandra Piesik is an award-winning architect, author and researcher specialising in the implementation of global sustainable legislation, nature-based solutions and traditional knowledge adaptation. She is the founder of 3 ideas B.V. Amsterdam based consultancy, a Visiting Professor at the UCL Global Institute for Prosperity, former Policy Support Consultant on Rural – Urban Dynamics to UNCCD and a contributor to the UN-HABITAT “Urban-Rural Linkages: Guiding Principles and Framework for Action to Advance Integrated Territorial Development”.

Dr Piesik is a stakeholder and network member of several UN organisations including UNFCCC: The Resilience Frontiers, the Nairobi Work Programme (NWP), the Paris Committee on Capacity Building (PCCB) and Climate and Technology Centre & Network (CTCN).

Her published work includes Arish: Palm-Leaf Architecture (published by: Thames & Hudson in 2012), she is also the general editor of the encyclopaedia, HABITAT: Vernacular Architecture for a Changing Planet (published by: Thames & Hudson, Abrams Books, Flammarion, Editions Detail and Blume in 2017).  

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Dr. Kusum Lata

Kusum Lata is a professional in the field of climate change working on policies, strategies, capacity building. Presently, she is a well-known expert on economic diversification and just transition of the workforce while she leads the support to international negotiations on the impact of the mitigation policies. She has written technical papers for international negotiations, research papers in reputed journals and chapters in books in the area of her progressive career. She spent the first fifteen years of her career working in India on developing technology for bio-methanation (waste to energy) and biomass gasification and shares two patents through her research.  She completed her doctorate in the field of waste to energy and published many research papers in reputed journals for her doctoral degree research work. Later, she also established herself as qualified technical lead assessor and undertook more than fifty audits in the duration of five years with UNFCCC for accrediting organizations for validating and verifying carbon emission reduction projects. She enjoys working on projects which directly impact the life of people especially in developing countries, which inspired her to work over six months in Togo, Africa to support development and implementation of projects like efficient cook stoves, waste management etc.

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Mr. Christoph Schwarte

Christoph Schwarte is a qualified German lawyer with over 20 years of practical experience in different arenas of international environmental law. He is the executive director of Legal Response International (LRI) - a London based charity that provides free legal support to developing countries and civil society observer organisations in connection with the international climate negotiations. Christoph was a member of the International Law Association’s Committee that developed legal principles related to climate change (adopted in 2014) and has been actively involved in the international climate negotiation for many years. He has co-authored a guide book on the Paris Agreement and regularly advises on climate law. Previously, Christoph served with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) as an Associate Officer (P-2) and worked at the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development (FIELD).

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Dr. Moustapha Kamal Gueyeata

Dr Moustapha Kamal Gueye is Coordinator, Green Jobs Programme, at the International Labour Organization. Previously, he served as Head, Green Economy Advisory Services at the United Nations Environment Programme and as a Senior Programme Manager at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development in Geneva. Earlier, he spent twelve years across Asia working at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies in Japan. He currently serves in the Steering Group of the Green Economy Coalition and the Advisory Committee of GEO for Business. Kamal holds a Ph.D. from Nagoya University, Japan; DEA and LL.M from Dakar University; and Executive Certificates from the World Bank Institute; Columbia University; Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development, Japan; and Integrated Research and Action for Development, India.

Youth Inputs on the Draft National Environmental Policy II

16th Sep. 2021
05.30 pm - 08.00 pm (IST)


Virtual Event

Youth Inputs on the Draft National Environmental Policy II

16th Sep. 2021
05.30 pm - 08.00 pm (IST)

Virtual Event

Introduction

The health of the environment is connected to the well-being of humans and animals. Humans depend on the rich biodiversity and ecosystem services offered by the environment, relying on the environment for their livelihoods and existence. However, over the years, unsustainable development activities and livelihood practices have destroyed the environment and contributed to climate change. The climate crisis has created a need to conserve and manage the environment while development takes place in a sustainable manner. 

With new challenges and impacts on the environment, it is vital that policies and laws concerning the environment change with time. Having recognised the need to update the National Environment Policy, the Ministry of Environment is in the process of drafting a new Environment Policy for Sri Lanka. Under this process, the Ministry has called for public comments on the draft National Environment Policy 2021.  
As part of the public comments submission process, SLYCAN Trust aims to make a submission that will consist of youth inputs for the draft policy which will contribute to enhancing the youth engagement in environment-related processes, as well as decision-making processes. 

In view of this objective, the youth consultations will consist of 2 sessions on 14th and 16th September 2021, which will lead to engaging youth across Sri Lanka to be part of a discussion on the draft National Environment Policy, with the aim of identifying youth’s role in activities related to the environment, as well as to provide inputs on the existing content of the draft National Environment Policy. The information gathered through these two sessions will be submitted to the Ministry of Environment in synthesised format acknowledging those who have contributed to providing inputs,  as youth comments on the draft National Environment Policy. 

Objectives

  • Enhance the engagement of the public and different stakeholders in engaging in public comments provision, and decision making processes.

  • Facilitating youth engagement in decision-making processes on environmental protection.

  • Enhance the outreach of the priorities identified in the draft policy, and increase the engagement of different stakeholders in finalising a comprehensive environment policy for Sri Lanka.

  • Just transition in the energy sector
    - Key elements to ensure just transition in the energy sector
    - Gaps and challenges faced in integrating aspects and strategies of just transition in the energy sector
    - Institutional structures and role of actors in achieving just transition in the energy sector
    - Entry points and opportunities for integrating just transition into climate policy initiatives and actions
    - Success stories, best practices, and experience sharing on initiatives

  • Ensuring just transition in the food sector
    - Key elements of just transition and their relation to global and local food systems
    - Gaps and challenges faced in integrating aspects and strategies of just transition in the food sector
    - Institutional structures and role of actors in achieving just transition in the food sector
    - Entry points and opportunities for integrating just transition into climate policy initiatives and actions
    - Success stories, best practices, and experience sharing on initiatives

  • Gender, inclusion, social protection, and cross-cutting aspects related to just transition
    - Key cross-cutting aspects related to just transition
    - Interlinks for integration of just transition with climate action and into different climate policy and action processes
    - Impacts of COVID-19 and the role of recovery actions in contributing toward just transition
    - Success stories, best practices, and experience sharing on initiatives

Agenda

Opening Session

Welcome & Introduction

05.30 pm - 06.00 pm IST

Ms Sajani Ranasinghe


Legal and Research Officer

SLYCAN Trust

Mr Mayantha Madurasinghe


Programme and Knowledge Management Officer

SLYCAN Trust

Ms Ahalya Arulnayagam


Associate Research Officer

SLYCAN Trust

Facilitators & Moderators

Ms Senashia Ekanayake


Manager Programme and Communication

SLYCAN Trust

Ms Ahalya Arulnayagam


Associate Research Officer

SLYCAN Trust

Ms Ruwani De Silva


Co-Coordinator: Global Youth Forum on Climate Change

SLYCAN Trust

Ms Sajani Ranasinghe


Legal and Research Officer

SLYCAN Trust

Mr Kavindu Ediriweera


Project Manager

SLYCAN Trust

Mr Ashan Karunananda


Assistant Manager: Research and Programmes

SLYCAN Trust

Ms Chalani Marasinghe


Assistant Manager: Research and Programmes

SLYCAN Trust

Ms Thimali Dharmakeerthi


Assistant Manager - Programme and Finance

SLYCAN Trust

Mr Mayantha Madurasinghe


Programme and Knowledge Management Officer

SLYCAN Trust

Breakout Group Discussion

Breakout Session 01

06.00 pm – 06.45 pm IST

  • Biodiversity and Ecosystems
  • Coastal and Marine Resources
  • Pollution Prevention, Control and Waste Management
  • Climate Change and Global Environment Challenge

Report Back

06.45 pm - 07.00 pm IST

Breakout session 02

07.00 pm – 07.45 pm IST

  • Land and Water Resources
  • Built environment and green development
  • Cross-cutting issues and challenges

Report Back and Closing Remarks

07.45 pm - 08.00 pm IST

Information Note