Professor at UPEI sharing PEI's climate change knowledge with global islands

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Dr. Farooque speaking with Environment, Energy and Climate Action Minister Steven Myers on agricultural research related to climate change

One of the speakers at the Global Sustainable Islands Summit, that was held in PEI on May 21-May 23, 2024, is Dr. Farooque, Professor and Associate Dean, Canadian Centre for Climate Change and Adaptation at UPEI. His research focuses on fundamental understanding and development of state-of-the-art climate-smart technologies for Atlantic Canadian agriculture industry.

He was selected as one of the Top 125 researchers of Canada to receive NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement Research Grant and supervises a large team of highly qualified personnel working on various aspects of research and development. 

The Canadian Centre for Climate Change and Adaptation is a leading research and teaching cluster in climate change monitoring, modeling, impact assessment, and adaptation. Its programs are designed to train students in developing state-of-the-art solutions to mitigate and adapt impacts of climate change to ensure sustainability of the planet

Dr. Farooque is proud of the work being done here in the province.  “Prince Edward Island's proactive approach to reduce the carbon footprint and promote environmental sustainability is commendable. Government programs that engage communities and adapt clean technologies can help to achieve PEI’s ambitious NetZero targets.”

He was pleased to take part in the Global Island Sustainable Summit as it provides opportunities to share ideas and work together. “I enjoyed meeting with climate experts and international leaders to learn about the solutions they have implemented to lower greenhouse gas emissions. It will be great to see how other Island jurisdictions are tackling and adapting to climate change, what lessons have been learned, and what is the way forward."

He shared research done right here in Prince Edward Island with experts from around the world. “The Canadian Centre for Climate Change and Adaptation at the University of Prince Edward Island is working closely with the Government of Prince Edward Island to develop data-driven solutions to mitigate and adapt to climate change. The Centre is building capacity by training and educating highly qualified personnel.”

Also speaking at the Global Sustainable Island Summit is Francesco Corvaro, Special Envoy for Climate Change of Italy in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs International Cooperation. 

An Italian university professor with more than 20 years of experience in Thermodynamics, Renewable Energy, Net-Zero, Energy Transition, Sustainable Mobility, Sustainability, Environmental Impact Evaluation, Resilience Models, and Smart City Models and Life Cycle Assessment, Corvaro brings a wealth of knowledge to the Summit. Corvaro believes that an integrated technical and political approach to the energy transition will be fundamental to combating climate change.

The Global Sustainable Island Summit was co-hosted by the Government of PEI and Island Innovation. See highlights from the 2024 Global Sustainable Island Summit in our Flickr Album.