Transboundary climate risk and adaptation

Submitted by Robin Hocquet | published 14th Apr 2021 | last updated 5th Jan 2023
Event recording - Transboundary Climate Risks and Adaptation
Thursday, 29 April, 2021 - 13:00 to 15:00 (Europe/Stockholm)


We live in an interconnected world where the impacts of climate change in one country can have knock-on impacts on others. International trade, financial flows, movements of people and shared natural resources can all spread such effects, while the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the speed and severity with which risk propagates throughout our globalized economy. Adaptation science should support the policy community to adopt a transboundary lens to better manage the systemic nature of climate risk. And given that adaptation is not necessarily benign – it can redistribute vulnerability and create or magnify risk for others, especially across borders – we also need to apply a global outlook to our adaptation plans and actions.

This webinar explored what transboundary climate risks are, the gaps in research agendas, and the implications for adaptation programming, policy and global governance. The discussions revolved around why we need greater international collaboration on adaptation and the benefits this could realise.

The ‘Transboundary Climate Risk and Adaptation’ webinar is part of the WASP Science Policy Brief series convened to support researchers, policymakers and practitioners to further their knowledge and capacity and underpin effective adaptation to climate change.


16:30 – 16:45 IST

13:00 – 13:15 CET


Welcome Remarks & Housekeeping Announcements

  • Adaptation Futures 2020 Secretariat

Introductions and Opening Remarks

  • Ms Katy Harris, Director of Adaptation Without Borders
  • The World Adaptation Science Programme (Short video)

16:45 – 17:45 IST

13:15 – 14:15 CET


Presentation and Panel Discussion

Setting the agenda and guiding questions by Ms Katy Harris, Director of Adaptation Without Borders

  • Mr Magnus Benzie, Research Fellow, Stockholm Environment Institute: science for policy – an introduction to transboundary climate risk and the implications for adaptation
  • Dr Prabhakar S V Rama Krishna, Research Manager, Institute for Global Environmental Studies: future research agendas on transboundary climate risk, drawing on examples from the Asian context
  • Dr Hanne Knaepen, Policy Officer, European Centre for Development Policy: the implications of cascading climate risks for global food security and for adaptation programming, drawing on the example of Tunisia
  • Ms Annett Möhner, Team Lead, Adaptation Division of the Climate Change Secretariat of the UNFCCC: the knowledge needs on transboundary climate risk from a UNFCCC perspective
  • Dr Reinhard Mechler, Lead, Systemic Risk & Resilience group at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis: the implications of compound and systemic risk for governance, drawing on lessons from COVID 19

17:45 – 18:15 IST

14:15 – 14:45 CET

 Q&A and Discussion with the audience

18:15 – 18:30 IST

14:45 – 15:00 CET

Discussant reflection

  • Richard Klein, Senior Research Fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute and member of the Science Committee of the World Adaptation Science Programme

Closing Remarks

  • Katy Harris, Director of Adaptation Without Borders

Vote of Thanks (Adaptation Futures Secretariat)




Magnus Benzie is a Research Fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) with a focus on climate change adaptation. He has over 15 years of professional experience in climate change research focusing on climate impacts, vulnerability, risk and adaptation.


Prabhakar Sivapuram Ventaka Rama Krishna is a Research Manager at the Institute for Global Environmental Studies (IGES). He has more than 15 years of experience in the fields of climate change adaptationdisaster risk reduction, agriculture, food and energy in Japan and India.

Hanne Knaepen is a Policy Officer in the Sustainable Food Systems programme at the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM). She specialises in climate change adaptation within the context of Europe-Africa relations, with a strong focus on agri-food systems and climate finance. Prior to ECDPM, she obtained a doctoral degree in Global Environmental Studies at Kyoto University, Japan. 

Annett Moehner is a Team Lead in the Adaptation Division of the Climate Change Secretariat supporting the work of the Adaptation Committee: the principal advisory body on adaptation under the Convention. During the last 16 years at UNFCCC she helped Parties negotiating the Cancun Adaptation Framework and the Paris Agreement; supported them in assessing impacts, planning, implementing and reviewing adaptation as well as accessing adaptation finance. Prior to joining UNFCCC, she worked for GIZ and OECD on issues related to climate change and development.


Reinhard Mechler is Lead of the Systemic Risk & Resilience group at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), with over 20 years of experience analyzing and addressing socio-economic aspects of disaster and climate change risks. 



Katy Harris is a Senior Policy Fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), with a focus on the global governance of climate change adaptation. She is also the director of Adaptation Without Borders, a new global partnership building systemic resilience and international cooperation on adaptation to manage the cross-border and cascading effects of climate change.


Richard Klein is a Senior Research Fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and served as co-chair of the Science Committee of the World Adaptation Science Programme from 2018 to 2020.

Richard is an internationally leading expert on the science and policy of adaptation to climate change, with more than 25 years of experience in original research, science assessment and policy advice.