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Chaminda Pathirage, Dilanthi Amaratunga and Richard Haigh delivered a key note address entitled “Rebuilding for Resilience: Post Disaster Reconstruction of the Built Environment” at the International Open Science Conference “Global Environmental Change – Challenges & Innovations” Organised by Department of Applied Geology, University of Madras, India, held from 21-24th February 2012.
 
The three-day open science international conference being multi-disciplinary in nature, had  participants who are subject experts in the field of environmental studies, ecosystem and biodiversity conservation, ecological assessment, climate change, water resources, disaster management, representatives of prominent civil society organizations, senior government officials and representatives of various international/regional agencies.
 
The ultimate goal is to promote a stronger collaboration between academics, scientists, political decision-makers, civil society organizations and field practitioners, acting at local, regional, and global scales in order to capture the benefits of environmental management, as well as mitigate and adapt to global environmental change and its impacts.
 
This conference was enriched with 20 invited talks and 52 oral presentations under 10 interrelated themes and a special session apart from inaugural, valedictory and special addresses by dignitaries. The process of compiling the outcomes  have been commenced of this international event funded by the Japan Foundation, IPN Mexico and University of Madras. It is planned to bring out an edited book volume through a rigorous review process to be published by a reputed publisher.
 

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