Adaptation Without Borders - Indirect Impacts of Climate Change

The impacts of climate change are not confined by national borders. In our globalised and interdependent world, the effects of climate change in one place can be experienced in another – cascading through trade and supply chains, financial flows, movements of people and shared natural resources. In a similar way, the actions we take to adapt to climate change can also have effects far beyond the jurisdictions of the actors implementing them.

This calls for a much more cooperative and multilateral approach to adaptation – one which builds resilience across scales. No country is immune to the effects of transboundary climate risk, and no government can address these effects alone.

This theme aims to gather evidence and analysis of transboundary climate risk and to support a social network of practice for those working in this field. It features articles, reports, blogs, events and videos on a variety of topics, including cross-border climate risk assessments, adaptation governance, and the implications of transboundary climate risks on (for example) trade, production and food security.

Publications come primarily from Adaptation without Borders, a new global partnership hosted by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), which aims to harness international cooperation to effectively govern and manage cross-border and cascading climate risks.

To stay updated on the latest news, research and events about transboundary climate risks and adaptation, visit Adaptation Without Borders, a weADAPT microsite. You can also sign up to the Adaptation Without Borders newsletter here to keep in touch.

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Meadow Poplawsky

COP27 Event: Funding adaptation efforts to address cascading climate risks in the Hindu Kush Himalaya and other mountain regions

“Wednesday, 9 November, 2022 - 14:30 to 15:45 (Africa/Cairo) Mountain regions, including those of the Hindu Kush...”

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Robin Hocquet

Webinar: Transboundary climate risk and adaptation (29th April)

“Adaptation Without Borders (AWB), The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the World Adaptation Science Programme...”

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Robin Hocquet

Survey of Effectiveness of Capacity Building Activities on Climate Change Adaptation

“The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) is a research institute that conducts pragmatic and innovative...”

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Christina Daszkiewicz

High-level online dialogue: Managing cascading climate risk in global supply chains (10 November 2020 - 11AM CET)

“Building a climate-resilient and just future for all: managing cascading climate risk in global supply chains How can...”

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