Saleemul Huq

Professor at the Independent University Bangladesh

Short Bio

Prof. Saleemul Huq is the Director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) and Professor at the Independent University Bangladesh (IUB) as well as Associate of the International Institute on Environment and Development (IIED) in the United Kingdom. In addition, he is the Chair of Expert Advisory Group for the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) and Senior Advisor on locally led adaptation with Global Centre on Adaptation (GCA) headquartered in the Netherlands.

He is an expert in adaptation to climate change in the most Vulnerable developing countries and has been a lead author of the third, fourth and fifth assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and he also advises the Least Developed Countries (LDC) group in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In addition, he is affiliated with the UN Food System Summit for 2021 as co-chair of the Action Track 5 on building resilience to vulnerabilities, shocks & stress.

He has published hundreds of scientific as well as popular articles and was recognized as one of the top twenty global influencers on climate change policy in 2019 and top scientist from Bangladesh on climate change science. Recently he has been appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2022 New Year Honours for services to combating international climate change. Prof. Huq contributed to the reports of the IPCC which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

Keynote Session

Theme: Translating Knowledge into Action

Experience of translating knowledge into action on climate adaptation in Bangladesh

I will share experiences in Bangladesh of people’s experiential knowledge about tackling adverse climate with more formal knowledge from academics and researchers in order to design better adaptation plans and interventions. As adaptation is a learning-by-doing process it needs to involve both the practitioners as well as the researchers to co-create new knowledge of more effective adaptation to climate change.

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