Climate Change Adaptation


Objectives

To publish a WFEO Code of Practice on Principles of Climate Change Adaptation for Engineers

To understand the risks of a changing climate on existing and planned infrastructures.

To develop and demonstrate application of tools for engineers to use in assessing the impacts.

To train engineers and other professionals in the assessment of climate impacts on civil infrastructure and developing engineering solutions.

To input the engineering perspective on adaptation into the UN process through the UNFCCC and the Nairobi Work Program.

Goals

To develop presentations and training materials on adaptation of civil infrastructure for use and delivery by CEE members and WFEO member countries to inform and educate policy and decision-makers.

To influence the United Nations and WFEO member countries in policy development on matters related to adaptation of infrastructure to climate change.

To work closely with UNESCO, OEDC, and WMO on projects of mutual interest.


Climate Change Mitigation


Objectives

To produce additional country reports for the Future Climate-Engineering Solutions Project.

To advocate engineering solutions for climate change mitigation to the United Nations and WFEO member countries.

To inform and educate policy and decision-makers.

Goals

To facilitate the engagement of WFEO member countries to participate in the Future Climate Engineering Solutions project.

To develop presentations and training materials for use and delivery by CEE members and WFEO member countries to inform and educate policy and decision-makers.


Sustainable Practices for Engineers


Objectives

To publish a WFEO Code of Practice for Sustainable Development and Environmental Stewardship for Engineers: EnglishFrenchSpanishArabicChinese – Indonesian (coming soon) with Interpretive Guide: EnglishSpanishArabic (basic introduction only) – Chinese – French – Indonesian (coming soon).

To monitor and report on emerging policies, strategies and practices at national and international levels.

To inform and educate the appropriate United Nations agencies.

Goals

To promote high standards of practice for engineers in the member countries of the WFEO and inform the international community.

To develop presentations and training materials for use and delivery by CEE members and WFEO member countries to inform and educate policy and decision-makers.


Engineering and Agriculture


Objectives

Develop an understanding, knowledge and capacity to address selected key problems within the agricultural supply chain at a regional or country level that would benefit from engineering.

To foster cooperation between the engineering and agricultural communities.

To provide on-going engineering advice to the Farming First organization.

To provide the engineering perspective on agricultural supply issues internationally at the UNFCCC and UN-CSD.

Goals

To develop a working relationship with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

To develop a methodology to assess technical risks to the reliability of agricultural supply chain.

Increase awareness of the benefits of maintaining genetic variability and traditional crop varieties.

To promote efficient and effective water-use and delivery through workshops and presentations at international or national meetings or conferences.

To increase awareness of the role of biotechnology and its contribution to crops, food preservation and storage.

To examine the influence of climate change on agriculture.


Sustainability and Mining


Objectives

To raise global understanding and application of engineering approaches and technologies.

To foster cooperation between the engineering and agricultural communities.

Increase the contributions of the mining and minerals industries to economic, social and environmental wellbeing, and sustainable development.

Goals

To advocate for an engineering perspective regarding minerals issues internationally in the UN-CSD.

To share information on culturally appropriate technologies in developing nations and among SMEs and artisanal miners.

To identify geographic and sectoral areas of greatest need for capacity building on engineering practices and technologies within the minerals sector, and among affected stakeholders, including authorities, civil society, and non-governmental organizations.

To increase understanding of existing and new engineering practices and technologies and their appropriate application in the minerals industry.

To advocate for the use of best engineering practices to increase worker and affected community health and safety, to minimize environmental impacts, and to increase eco-efficiency.

To share engineering perspectives and approaches regarding reuse, repurposing, and recycling of mineral materials.

To promote the application of risk assessment, mitigation and management within the minerals sector.

  Task Force on Sustainability and Mining presentation – December 2014

  Task Force on Sustainability and Mining Progress Report – May 2015

  Sustainable Development Practices and the Minerals Industry – July 2015