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About AWB

About Us

Our vision

Countries, communities and companies are empowered to effectively and justly manage the full range of climate risks to which they are exposed. Together, they coordinate their adaptation efforts in ways that deliver global public goods, building a resilient world in which all people are secure and can prosper.

About us

Our mission

To support policymakers and planners to more effectively identify, assess and manage transboundary climate risks and to promote principles of reciprocity and ‘do no harm’ in approaches to adaptation in ways that support the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement.

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Transboundary climate risks: an overview

Adaptation Without Borders: summary

Adaptation Without Borders: an overview

The Partnership

Adaptation Without Borders brings together the research capacities and convening powers of globally-recognised experts from across four continents. The partnership is always expanding – welcoming new perspectives and capabilities from a range of regions, sectors and disciplines – including actors that are often absent from adaptation-focused networks, such as trade, finance and security experts.

From July 2022 to July 2023, Adaptation Without Borders receives funding from the European Union. The contents of outputs produced with the financial assistance of the European Union are the sole responsibility of the Adaptation Without Borders partnership and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.

Founding Members

Adaptation Without Borders has three founding members, who each nominate a representative to the Steering Committee, the executive-level decision-making body of the Initiative, and the Central Coordination Team, who manage the partnership and its daily operations.

ODI

ODI is an independent, global think tank on international development and environmental issues. Through its Global Risks and Resilience Programme, ODI undertakes cutting edge policy-driven research on the nexus between new and emerging risks to reduce vulnerability and realise a sustainable future for all. 

Jose Courrau

Stockholm Environment Institute

SEI is an international non-profit research and policy organisation that tackles environment and development challenges. SEI has been a world-leader in methodological innovation on transboundary climate risk and plays a central role in several multimillion-dollar research consortia on their assessment and governance.

Charles Young

IDDRI

IDDRI is a think tank which facilitates the transition towards sustainable development. IDDRI provides expertise on methodologies to assess trajectories of risks and vulnerabilities, including the levers and barriers within adaptation planning and implementation, risk governance and UNFCCC policy.

Partners

Adaptation Without Borders has a growing number of partners whose specialist knowledge and on-the-ground implementation experience in a rich diversity of fields and sectors ensures the Initiative is able to leverage and translate knowledge into practical action and policy uptake.

International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development

International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is an intergovernmental knowledge and learning centre that develops and shares research, information and innovations to empower people in the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush Himalaya.

Elisabeth Haub School of Law

Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University in New York has among the foremost scholars and practitioners in the field of environmental law, and is one of only two law schools that voting member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

ENDA Energie

ENDA Energie is an international NGO based in Dakar, Senegal (founded 1982). ENDA works based on the triptych “research-action-training” directly with communities on poverty reduction, energy services, climate change, desertification and sustainable development based on the experiences, expectations and goals of vulnerable groups.

Mediators Beyond Borders International

Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI) works with partners in 33 countries to build local skills for peace and reconciliation, and promote mediation, collaboration and leadership skills, prioritising the elevation of women’s roles and those of black and indigenous populations.

University of the West Indies (UWI)

University of the West Indies (UWI) serves 17 Caribbean Territories and has over seven decades of applied research experience in the region and a strong track record in maximizing the value of its work to the benefit of local and regional economies and their societies.

Winrock International

Winrock International is a global nonprofit center of excellence, providing solutions to some of the world’s most complex social, agricultural and environmental challenges. Winrock implements a portfolio of more than 140 projects in over 46 countries, with an annual revenue of $100 million.

Business for Social Responsibility

Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) is a global network of more than 250 member companies and partners working to develop sustainable business solutions that deliver ambitious climate strategies, both on emissions reductions and climate risk management and resilience.

The Institute for Global Environment Strategies (IGES)

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) are mandated to work on environmental issues in Asia and the Pacific and work closely with local communities, governments, non-governmental and donor organizations for promoting scientific evidence-based policymaking and implementation in the field of climate change adaptation.

PlanAdapt

PlanAdapt is an independent global network-based organisation that provides knowledge services in support of effective, economically just and socially inclusive climate change adaptation and climate risk management around the world, with particular focus on the Global South.

African Group of Negotiators Expert Support (AGNES)

The African Group on Negotiators Experts Support (AGNES) provides scientific expertise and evidence to inform a common African position in climate change negotiations. AGNES seeks to facilitate the exchange of ideas between experts and negotiators at the international level.

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works for better lives through livestock in developing countries. ILRI is co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, with 14 offices across Asia and Africa.

Strategic Advisors and Ambassadors

Adaptation Without Borders has a number of Strategic Advisors, who provide advice and good counsel on the collective direction of the Initiative. We also have a growing number of high-level Ambassadors who ensure outcomes from the Initiative can inform decision-making and dialogue at the highest level.

Our current Strategic Advisors are: Michael Cote, Paul Desanker, Sam Harris, Nanki Kaur, Mikael Mikaelsson, Erin Roberts and Prabha Sankaranarayan.

Our current Ambassadors are:

Annika Kearton

AYMAN CHERKAOUI

Coordinator of the Mohammed VI Prize for the Climate and Sustainable Development, Strategy Development Officer of the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection, Climate Change Lead Counsel at the Centre for Sustainable Development Law, and Regional Facilitator of Major Groups and Stakeholders, Africa, UNEA 5

Martin Schauer

MARÍA DEL PILAR BUENO

Researcher at National Council for Scientific and Technical Research of Argentina (CONICET), Professor at Universidad Nacional de Rosario (UNR) and Member (and former Co-Chair) of the UNFCCC Adaptation Committee

What others say

“Climate change and its impacts are indiscriminate, and do not recognise national borders. As we scale up adaptation action to respond to climate change, transboundary approaches are becoming increasingly essential. Assessments that take on board transboundary perspectives are a central component of this emerging and forward-looking area of discourse”

Youssef Nassef, Director of Adaptation, UNFCCC

“Nepal is home to the great Himalayas, where major river systems originate that sustain the lives and livelihood of over a billion people. Any disturbances and climatic changes in this region mean that it not only affects the ecology and socioeconomic status of Nepal but also that of India and Bangladesh where these rivers pass through. Glaciers in the Himalayas are fast retreating due to climate change posing a huge transboundary threat for the region. All the affected courtiers must treat this as a common threat and address in mutual cooperation”

Raju Pandit Chhetri, Executive Director, Prakriti Resources Centre (PRC), Nepal

“In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, a central teaching has illustrated how highly vulnerable our interconnected global economy and society is to risks and threats that may emerge from afar, and how the response of a single country to a crisis can have a cascading impact on other countries’ ability to deal with that same threat. As this statement holds just as much true for the climate change emergency as it does for Covid-19, AWBI’s work is of paramount importance to lay to bear some of the hidden vulnerabilities that stem from transboundary risk of climate change and to summon both expertise and a coalition of stakeholders to work towards innovative solutions for policy and practice”

Dr Mikael Allan Mikaelsson, Europe Head of Clean Growth and Climate Change, UK Government’s International Science & Innovation Network

“I have taken away a strong sense of both the complexity and the urgency of the challenges to tackle those transboundary climate risks and to find adaptation and resilience solutions… I fully realise that we cannot rely on government action alone. We need to drive support and action on adaptation and resilience from civil society and increasingly the private sector. That is why I am so happy to amplify the work of key adaptation and resilience initiatives such as Adaptation Without Borders and the HKH Call to Action to mobilise support… I am personally committed to taking your messages on adaptation and resilience from the HKH to COP26 and I will be pushing for increased regional cooperation on these issues….”

The Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, The UK International Champion on Adaptation and Resilience for the COP26 Presidency

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We welcome expressions of interest from like-minded organisations and individuals keen to raise the profile of transboundary climate risks and strengthen international cooperation on adaptation. Please click the button below to describe your expertise, areas of interest and how you would like to contribute, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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