WEBINAR: Build Back Better: How to Prepare for the Coming Climate Disruption

7 July 2020. 4:00-5:30 PM CEST (10:00 AM EST). Webinar. “Build Back Better: How to Prepare for the Coming Climate Disruption”. By World Resources Institute – WRI.

Recording forthcoming

WRI is convening experts across sectors and geographies to provide insights about how to shift to a more sustainable and equitable model after COVID-19. Tune in to an upcoming webinar to engage in a conversation about the pandemic’s long-term implications and how recovery can support a range of environmental, economic, social and health benefits. Recorded webinars, slides and podcasts are also available.

In 2019, Leonardo Martinez-Diaz and Alice Hill co-authored Building a Resilient Tomorrow: How to Prepare for the Coming Climate Disruption. In 2020, the biggest economic and social disruption in generations struck, with COVID laying low the global economy and taking lives worldwide.

In this webinar, Martinez-Diaz and Hill revisited their work in the context of this massive shock, discussing how COVID and climate change are alike and how they are different, outlining lessons for climate resilience from COVID, and laying the groundwork for how political and financial institutions can be better prepared the next time around. 

Moderator: Christina Chan is the Director for the Climate Resilience Practice, which seeks to help

national and sub-national decision-makers understand the drivers of climate vulnerability in their countries, engage vulnerable people in adaptation efforts, and access the information, tools, and resources they need to take account of climate change in planning and programs. 

Carter, R., T. Ferdinand, and C. Chan. 2018. Working Paper. Washington, DC: World Resources Institute. (24 pages)
This working paper explored the concept of transformative adaptation for agriculture and why it is needed. It looks at how transformative outcomes could be achieved by aligning adaptation projects along pathways and adjusting planning processes to incorporate longer-term, more systemic approaches.

A transformative adaptation in agriculture is an intentional alteration in response to climate change–related risks that accomplish one or more of the following three goals:
  1. Significantly shift the geographical locations where specific types of crops and livestock and the systems that support their production, processing, marketing, and distribution take place. 
  2. Fundamentally alter the agricultural landscape as a result of changes to many aspects of food production and marketing systems (e.g., from sedentary, cropbased agriculture to pastoralism, or from smallholder farming to large commercial agriculture).
  3. Apply at a broad geographical scale significantly new methodologies and technologies that change the types of agricultural products produced in a particular region or production system (e.g., improved agro-processingto prevent increased spoilage due to climate-related higher temperatures, which enables production of new, value-added products).

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