GFDD and FUNGLODE Will Present Forum on Population Dynamics and Climate Change in Partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

July 26, 2010

On August 11, 2010, GFDD and FUNGLODE, in partnership with UNFPA, will present the forum “Population Dynamics and Climate Change: Linkages and Policy Implications.” The content of the program will be based on the findings introduced in the book Population Dynamics and Climate Change, published by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the International Institute for Environment and
Development (IIED) in 2009.

The event will feature presentations by the book’s contributors José Miguel Guzmán (Chief, Population and Development Branch, UNFPA), George Martine (Consultant, UNFPA), Mark Montgomery (Senior Associate, Poverty, Gender and Youth Program, Population Council), and Deborah Balk (Associate Professor, Baruch School of Public Affairs and Associate Director, Institute of Demographic Research, CUNY). The forum will be
moderated by Omar Ramírez, Director of the Center for Environmental and Sustainable Development Studies, FUNGLODE; Executive Vice-President of the Presidential Commission on Climate Change and the Clean Development Mechanism for the Government of the Dominican Republic; and former Minister of Environment in the Dominican Republic.

Speakers will discuss the critical linkages between demographic trends and climate change and will provide recommendations as to how
to integrate population data within climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies and policies. Key areas of discussion will include the following: the relationship between population growth and green house gas emissions; family planning as a mitigation strategy; urbanization and sustainable land-use; shifts in demography; identification of at-risk populations; the use of population census data for environmental and climate change analysis.

The event will take place
at 6:00 pm at the FUNGLODE Auditorium in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

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About the Panelists

José Miguel Guzmán is the Chief of the Population and Development Branch of UNFPA. He holds a Ph.D. in Demography from the University of Montreal, Canada. He works on a wide range of issues related to population and development, including climate change, urbanization, ageing, fertility transition, child and maternal mortality and health, gender, international migration, poverty, natural disaster impacts and
surveys/census and information systems.

Deborah Balk is Associate Professor at the Baruch School of Public Affairs and Associate Director of the Institute of Demographic Research at the City University of New York. Until fall 2006, she was research scientist at the Center for International Earth Science Information Network at Columbia University. While there, she was lead project scientist for the NASA-funded Socioeconomic
Data and Applications Center and worked on large-scale data integration and analysis of geographic, survey and administrative data. Her current research focus is on urbanization and climate change.

George Martine is a Canadian sociologist and demographer who has worked most of his life on development issues in Latin America. An independent consultant in Brazil, he recently authored UNFPA’s path-breaking book,
Unleashing the Potential of Urban Growth.

Mark R. Montgomery is a Professor of Economics at Stony Brook University and a Senior Associate in the Poverty, Gender and Youth Program at the Population Council in New York. He currently serves as the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP). Dr. Montgomery holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan.