28-30 April 2020. Adaptation Futures is the flagship event of the World Adaptation Science Program, which is one of the four components of World Climate Programme (WCP) based on the
World Meteorological Organisation Congress XVI Resolution 18. The sixth edition of this conference, Adaptation Futures 2020, was scheduled to be co-hosted by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the World Adaptation Science Program (WASP) in New Delhi from 27th – 30th April 2020, however, in view of the alarming levels of spread and severity of the COVID-19 outbreak, has been postponed 28 September – 1 October, 2020.
Advancing the Adaptation Agenda in Times of Uncertainty
Event Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88677442582…
Meeting ID: 88677442582
29th April 2020, 4PM IST
Adaptation with a Human Face – Moving Towards ClimateJustice
Event Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83299739649…
Meeting ID: 83299739649
30th April 2020, 7:30PM IST
Event Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86123566723…
Meeting ID: 86123566723
- Mr R R Rashmi: Distinguished Fellow, TERI; Member, Steering Committee, Adaptation Futures 2020
- Mr Aromar Revi: Director, Indian Institute for Human Settlements
- Dr Ania Grobicki: Deputy Director for Adaptation, GCF; Member, Science Committee, Adaptation Futures 2020
- Mr Arghya Sinha Roy: Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist (Climate Change Adaptation), Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Asian Development Bank
- Ms Marylaure Crettaz: Head of International Cooperation and Counsellor, Embassy of Switzerland, India
- Dr Johanna Nalau: Adaptation Science Theme Leader, Cities Research Institute, Griffith University; Member, Science Committee, Adaptation Futures 2020
- Facilitator Dr Saleemul Huq: Director, ICCCAD, Independent University, Bangladesh; Senior Fellow, IIED, London; Member, Science Committee, Adaptation Futures 2020
- Dr Richard Klein: Senior Research Fellow, SEI
- Prof Coleen Vogel: Distinguished Professor, University of the Witwatersrand; Member, Science Committee, Adaptation Futures 2020
- Dr Ashish Chaturvedi: Director-Climate Change, GIZ India
- Dr Georgina Cundill Kemp: Senior Program Officer, IDRC, Canada; Member, Science Committee, Adaptation Futures 2020
- Mr Liviu Stirbat: Deputy Head, Adaptation Unit, Directorate-General, Climate Action European Commission
- Ms Christina Chan: Climate Resilience Director, World Resources Institute
|Mr. Stirbat spoke about EU’s emphasis
on social considerations in resilience action
going forward while also highlighting
the need for more science-based policy
and action, in general.
- Facilitator Dr Kristie Ebi: Professor, Department of Global Health, University of Washington; Member, Science Committee, Adaptation Futures 2020 Panelists
- Ms Suruchi Bhadwal: Senior Fellow, TERI; Co-Chair, Organising Committee, Adaptation Futures 2020
- Dr Niranjan Saggurti: Director, Population Council, India
- Prof Christopher Gordon: Country Engagement Lead – Ghana, CDKN
- Dr Sari Kovats: Associate Professor, Faculty of Public Health and Policy, The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
- Ms Elena Villalobos Prats: Technical Officer, Climate Change and Health, WHO
5 May 2020. What can the climate change community learn from the Covid-19 crisis? By Estelle Rouhad for Future Climate for Africa
Many parallels have been drawn between the health crisis and the climate crisis. On social media, the climate change community has joyfully compared the new prominent role for science given by policy-makers with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, wondering if the same weight could be given to climate science informing policy.
UMFULA, and its wider Future Climate for Africa programme, has at its core the objective of improving science in terms of climate processes and projections and climate impacts on the African continent to inform policy for more sustainable development and greater resilience to climate change.
For five years, UMFOLA has worked in partnership with policy and decision-makers in Malawi and Tanzania. By better understanding their needs, we have been more effective in producing information that is useful and potentially useable in the sectors of water, energy, food and biodiversity.
To better engage with and be relevant to policy-makers, Howarth and Painter (2016) highlight how important it is to have research outputs that are clear, succinct, more accessible and contextualised.
Enabling this requires open channels of communication between researchers and policy-makers. Ways of engagement have been discussed at length within FCFA and in particular various co-production methods have been tested.
UMFULA has also explored how to make climate information useful, useable and used in policy and practice in the sub-Saharan context. More on this will be published later this year.
But perhaps before engagement can take place, there needs to be a conversation about the role of research in policy. In this context, Hulme (2016) distinguishes the “curiosity-driven research” from the “research oriented towards decision support for the large and diverse constituency of stakeholders” such as in support of climate services.