Cascading climate risks: perspectives from around the world

Submitted by Robin Hocquet | published 25th Oct 2021 | last updated 10th Nov 2021
Invite
Monday, 1 November, 2021 - 15:00 to 16:00 (Europe/London)

Summary

Through a series of engaging TED-style talks, this roundtable showcases examples of cross-border climate risks from regions around the world. Including stories and case studies from the Hindu Kush Himalaya, Caribbean, West and Central Africa, South-East Asia and the Pacific, and Europe – the talks will cut through the complexity of climate risks and reveal their impacts in real terms. 

The roundtable will explore:

  • Implications of cascading climate risks for policymakers: How a step-change in regional and global cooperation on adaptation could better manage the impacts of these risks on our economies, environments and societies. 
  • The opportunities for regional or global adaptation programmes that maximise the co-benefits shared adaptation action could bring. 
  • Critical bottlenecks that are holding back progress to strengthen global resilience to these sorts of risks, and the solutions we need to implement across scales. 

The event will be held virtually and hosted on the Chatham House Climate Risk and Security Virtual Pavilion at COP26. It is co-organized by CASCADES and Adaptation Without Borders.

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Agenda

  • Welcome
    • Owen Grafham, Chatham House
  • Introduction to cascading climate risk and adaptation without borders
    • Katy Harris, Adaptation Without Borders
  • Stories and case studies of cross-border climate risks from AwB partner organisations around the world:
    • Kenya's reliance on pharmaceutical imports from India
      • Tabby Njung’e, Justdiggit Foundation
    • Jamaica's dependence on US maize imports
      • Magnus Benzie, SEI
    • Nepal's exposure to glacial lakes outburst floods (GLOF) originating in Tibet
      • Arun Shrestha, ICIMOD
    • Livelihoods and regional natural resource management in West Africa
      • Sarah Opitz Stapleton, ODI
    • Cascading climate risks in Tunisia  challenges to adaptation in the agri-food system
      • Hanne Knaepen, ECDPM
  • Audience discussion: How can countries come together to address these issues? 
    • Opening interventions on:
      • International cooperation across countries – Prabhakar SVRK, IGES
      • Multilateral cooperation within the UNFCCC – Joe Siegel, MBBI, Pace Law School
  • Final remarks on the critical bottlenecks that are holding back progress to strengthen global resilience to these sorts of risks, and the solutions we need to implement across scales
    • Owen Grafham, Chatham House