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Adaptation Futures 2020: Pre-Conference Webinar Series
Given the postponement of the Adaptation Futures 2020 conference, a series of webinars have been organised from 28-30 April 2020 as an additional platform to feed into the global adaptation dialogue. This series of webinars will focus broadly on the issues of accelerating adaptation in uncertain times, climate justice and health.
Adaptation to climate change is essential and it is the only response available for the impacts that will occur over the next several decades before mitigation measures can have an effect. Societies, organisations and individuals have been adapting to changing conditions for centuries but the advent of climate change brings new challenges. The future is plagued with substantial uncertainties, which makes anticipatory adaptation difficult. The fact that we have partial knowledge of future climate is in itself a new challenge. The Covid-19 emergency has ushered in a new era, where it has become all the more essential to adapt to and plan for an uncertain future. This is the dialogue we wish to foster through this webinar, focusing on advancing the adaptation agenda through our six conference themes: Governance of adaptation, Limits to adaptation, Fairness and Equity in Adaptation, Knowledge for Action, Nature Based Solutions and Financing Adaptation. Read more
The webinar on 29 April 2020 will focus on ‘adaptation with a human face’. Climate change is often seen as a remote, abstract problem expressed in terms of temperature change of mere degrees, or in sea-level rises predicted decades into the future, and is often lost in number and figures, but it most often brings with it a human cost. Climate change is happening now and it is destroying livelihoods, infrastructure and communities, forcing people to move from their homes, towns and countries around the world. The planet’s poorest and most vulnerable are suffering the worst effects, despite having contributed the least to its cause. Climate change is a primary threat to our natural environment, but is most essentially a human rights issue, threatening livelihoods, development and security. Through this virtual event, we aim to view climate change adaptation through a human lens, furthering the discourse on safeguarding the rights of the most vulnerable people and on ensuring the equitable and fair sharing of burdens and benefits of climate change and its impacts. This dialogue will also highlight that the urgent action needed to adapt to climate change must be based on community-led solutions. Read more
As COVID-19 ravages through the global economy, challenging and shattering decade old ‘economy first’ stand of the countries of the world, there are few constants and parallels to be drawn with climate emergency. While it is too early to suggest possible linkages of COVID-19 to climate change, the pandemic especially brings to the fore, the exacerbated vulnerabilities to the lives and livelihoods of the already marginalised (urban poor, migrant population, farmers, informal economy workers) and displaced. This panel seeks to emphasis on these pressing issues of climate shocks/change, its overlapping impacts with the uncertainties stemming from disasters and the role of adaptation in addressing the same, while addressing few key challenges like:
- The need to focus on climate change adaptation through the lens of justice and access, while simultaneously acknowledging its intersectionality with the broader developmental parameters of health and sanitation, poverty, good governance etc.
- The need for an inherent flexibility in adaptation policy for decision making under uncertain times. - Investments in disaster risk resilience such that it addresses effects of climate emergencies.