The Resilience Continuum | Comprehensive Risk Management in the face of Climate Change
Systemic resilience lies at the heart of all climate change initiatives. As countries scale up their adaptation action in line with the UNFCCC process and the Paris Agreement, diverse agencies will need to use their comparative advantage to optimize the balance between climate resilience actions, based on preemptive investments, on the one hand, and on contingent measures for remaining risks, on the other. In fact, in conceptual terms, all policy and planning discussions in this space lie along an ex ante and ex post continuum: What should be done to avoid or prepare for climate Shocks? And, What should be done to mimimize or mitigate the damages?
GDN hosted an expert consultation in New Delhi from September 15-16 gathering a diverse consortium of international organizations, NGOs, academia and governments to discuss and share experiences framed in the context of the resilience continuum. Experts identified lessons, challenges and opportunities of investing in preemptive measures, disaster preparedness and education and/or in contingent actions to deal with the aftermath of the adverse effects of climate change. The expert participants shared practical examples from the field and through their engagement with local communities facing the risks of climate-related disasters and their corollary impacts. Discussions also focused on the need for a robust approach to resilience that can be translated into pragmatic action, with the knowledge and participation of local communities at the core of such initiatives.
The high-level consultation provided an opportunity for key stakeholders to share and synthesize advanced thinking for comprehensive climate change risk management, explore how key stakeholders can collaborate on climate change adaptation and draft a priority list/policy mix document that will point towards more concrete entry points for comprehensive resilience strategies. Results and conclusions from the consultation will feed into the COP 23 in November this year. Read highlights from the discussions here.
The event was held in collaboration with Action on Climate Today, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, the Stockholm Environment Institute and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
See the full agenda and list of participants. Watch the Keynote Speech by Kamal Kishore, NDMA (India), and soundbites from Youssef Nassef, UNFCCC, Jyotsna Puri, Green Climate Fund as well as Erik Kjaergaard, ADB from the sidelines of the expert consultation.