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The 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 27) to the UNFCCC represents a pivotal moment to rachet up international action and ambition on adaptation. The recent IPCC AR6 WGII Summary for Policymakers finds that:
- Weather and climate extremes are causing economic and societal impacts across national boundaries through supply-chains, markets, and natural resource flows, with increasing transboundary risks projected across the water, energy and food sectors
- Multiple climate hazards will occur simultaneously, and multiple climatic and non-climatic risks will interact, resulting in compounding overall risk and risks cascading across sectors and regions
In addition to national efforts, the cascading effects of climate change require a multilateral response that current approaches to adaptation rarely provide. As the new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change notes: “The impacts of climate change have knock-on effects across borders and continents… even local climate impacts have regional or global repercussions… This makes international climate resilience not only a matter of solidarity, but also of open strategic autonomy and self-interest for the EU and its Member States”. Africa’s Climate Change and Resilient Development Strategy and Action Plan (2022-2032) also acknowledges these risks, with an action to ‘enhance coordination between the regional economic communities and Member States in addressing and managing transboundary and cascading climate risks’.
But what are the implications of cascading cross-border risks for adaptation planning at national, regional and global scales? And how can we enable more cross-country engagement and exchanges on adaptation to international climate risks?
An event co-hosted by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Climate Action and the Adaptation Without Borders global partnership at the European Union Pavilion will explore answers to these critical questions and distill the necessary actions for policymakers and practitioners to advance. Target audiences include adaptation negotiators, national adaptation focal points, planners and experts, as well critical interlocutors from regional bodies and communities.
- Katy Harris, Director, Adaptation Without Borders
- Peter Bentley, Head of the Adaptation and Resilience Team, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, UK
- Chris Kiptoo, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Kenya
- Anne Hammill, NAP Global Network
- Estherine Fotabong, Head of Programme Implementation and Coordination Directorate, AUDA-NEPAD
- Tim Benton, Research Director, Emerging Risks, Chatham House