Jakarta Protocol: Civil Engineering Conference in Asia Region 2013 – Civil Engineering for a Sustainable Future

Host:

Asian Civil Engineering Coordinating Council (ACECC) and the ten members of the council

Highlights:

  • “Emerging global challenges over the last decade, including the financial crisis, population migration, food and energy crises, and natural disasters, have reinforced the need to secure and fulfill internationally agreed commitments to sustainable development.”
  • “For such commitments to be realized, critical infrastructure must be adapted to the impacts of climate change and resilient to natural and man-made disasters.”
  • “Civil engineers have an obligation to protect cultural and natural diversity, and they are central to the planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance and decommissioning of infrastructure networks that underpin civil society and economic activity and protect human health and welfare.”
  • “Approximately 75% of the issues outlined in Agenda 21, the main action document from the 1992 Earth Summit, involve engineering and technical issues. Action by civil engineers is essential.”
  • “Civil engineers require global political will to enable them to apply their knowledge and expertise to appropriately adapt infrastructure to attain meaningful progress.”
  • “Civil engineers are committed to provide the tools and advice to governments and policymakers at national and supranational levels on the skills and infrastructure required for a sustainable future.”
  • “Civil engineers must develop infrastructure capable of adaptation to the impacts of climate change.”
  • “Civil engineers have relied upon historical data to design infrastructure. Such data are often incomplete and limited in duration. Now they must develop design and operational practices to withstand future climate conditions – both extremes and gradual changes.”

Actions:

The ten member societies/institutions of the Asian Civil Engineering Co-ordinating Council will work with each other and with domestic and international organizations to engage engineers in addressing the needs of the poor through capacity building and the development of sustainable and appropriate solutions to poverty.

Commitments (abridged):

  • To lead internationally on the delivery of sustainable infrastructure.
  • To improving methods for identifying and considering all of a project’s environmental, social and economic costs and impacts throughout its life cycle.
  • To collecting data on infrastructure both nationally and, through collaboration, internationally and to providing informed opinion on the condition and requisite capacity of infrastructure for sustainable development.

 

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