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2023 Roadshow of Research and Policy Results

In the coming months, we will be holding a series of events in cities across Europe to present different aspects of our research into cascading, cross-border climate risks, and to discuss the policy responses that exist to address them.

Blog Post

Published on 12 May 2023

The events are a mixture of formats: briefing, workshop, high-level panel discussion, and conference.

You can find more information about each event below. We look forward to seeing you on the road!

Climate adaptation, transboundary water management, and political stability in the Middle East
  • 25 – 26 May
  • Istanbul, Türkiye

In recent years, the Middle East has been hit by increasingly frequent and severe weather events, which disproportionately affect poor and marginalized communities, undermine economic prospects, displace populations, and fuel tensions between people and states. The sustainable management of its water resources is among the region’s major challenges – only compounded by climate change. This workshop brings together experts and stakeholders from the region and beyond to discuss approaches to addressing the nexus between climate change, water resources, development, migration, and (human) security.

Policy implications of Arctic cross-border climate change impacts
  • 30 May
  • University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

The Arctic region is exceptionally affected by climate change, as can be seen in the melting of sea-ice and glaciers, changes in flora and fauna and permafrost thaw affecting access to and exploitation of natural resources, traditional livelihoods and transport routes. These impacts of climate change interact with other changes such as the increasing demand for natural resources and the shift towards renewable energy. This also means that the effects of the impacts cross borders and can have long-term chain reactions around the world. This event will concentrate on cross-border effects that need to be recognised in policies for security and international relations, energy production, trade and financial markets and the protection of the Arctic environment and its people.

Cascading and tipping interactions in the climate and social systems
  • 13 – 14 June
  • University Of Graz, Graz, Austria

The goal of this event is to share and discuss the results of the CASCADES project with the community of the relevant researchers and stakeholders in Austria, with an emphasis on young and emerging leaders in the national landscape. A particular focus is on lessons learned, remaining research and knowledge gaps, next steps, and future strategies to navigate the EU through turbulent times ahead.

Cascades: resilience to climate risks that cross borders
  • 26 June
  • Chatham House, London, UK

In 2023, the direct impacts of climate change – such as droughts, floods, and wildfires – have become impossible to ignore. Climate impacts are not confined within national borders however, but can cascade across and between continents, escalating through security relations, international trade, financial markets, international aid operations and displacement of people.

Drawing on four years of interdisciplinary research, this event will explore emerging recommendations on how governments in Europe and beyond can prepare to meet the challenge of cross-border cascading risks. It will both propose and explore concrete ways for policymakers and societies to build capacity to manage such risks in the years ahead.

How can Sweden respond to cascading climate risk?
  • TBC September
  • Stockholm Environment Institute, Stockholm, Sweden

This 2-3 hour seminar will ask target “risk owners” in Sweden, from government and the private sector, who will need to collaborate to build resilience to cascading climate change impacts. It will ask: what are the overarching recommendations from the CASCADES project for building resilience in Europe? Which actors in Sweden need to collaborate to build resilience, and how? How can Sweden work with partner countries in the Nordic region, the EU and beyond to build resilience?

Enhancing European financing for adaptation to cascading climate risks
  • 25 September
  • European Centre for Development Policy Management, Brussels, Belgium

Development and climate finance are increasingly interlinked in the international agenda. While climate mitigation should remain a key goal, adaptation and resilience to increasing climate risks has become a priority for many developing countries. The aim of this workshop is two-fold: i) address how financial institutions, and development finance institutions in particular, can better assess and integrate climate risks in their risk strategies and methodologies, and ii) identify how European development finance institutes (DFIs) and multilateral development banks (MDBs) can more effectively scale up adaptation and resilience finance.

Cross-border climate change impacts and systemic risks in Europe and beyond
  • 16 – 18 October
  • Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Potsdam, Germany

This conference aims to bring together scientists across disciplines that work on approaches to better understand and respond/adapt to cross-border climate impacts and risks. The conference also seeks to identify knowledge gaps and directions for future research. Research presented in the conference will highlight what needs arise from a consideration of cross-border climate impacts, how to design research that is actionable for decision-making or how to improve the monitoring of risks.

Climate change, development and security in the Central Sahel
  • TBC October
  • European Centre for Development Policy Management, Brussels, Belgium

This briefing will target various Brussels-based EU actors active in the Sahel, following the workshop in Dakar in March, and will build on a policy brief currently being prepared by CASCADES researchers.