The fourth international climate change conference, hosted by the Environmental Protection and Development Authority (EPDA) of Ras al Khaimah (RAK), United Arab Emirates April 3-5, 2017, is focused on ecosystem productivity and features 29 presenters from 12 countries, including those from Western Washington University.
Craig Dunn, Wilder Professor of Business and Sustainability, is presenting on biointegrity, i.e., the link between sustainability and ethical decision-making. Joanne DeMark of the LEADS student leadership program, and faculty affiliate, with the Karen W. Morse Institute of Leadership and American Cultural Studies, is discussing ecosystem productivity and transformative change through revisiting system leverage points. Two years ago DeMark presented at the RAK EPDA third international climate change conference on results from a WWU mixed methods study about Enrollment and Student Services student leaders.
Four keynote addresses will be delivered at this year’s conference, including one by Bradley Smith, chair of the Washington State Fish and Wildlife Commission, and former dean of WWU’s Huxley College of the Environment (1994-2012) who describes how climate change impacts salmon through their life stages.
Saif M. Al Ghais is the executive director of the RAK EPDA, the host of the conference. Al Ghais was a visiting faculty member, 2010-2011, at WWU’s Huxley College of the Environment.