News, 2 April 2013

Climate crisis: How can the poorest and most vulnerable act to adapt?

Participate in our online debate on 9 April 2013 at 12.30-13.30 London time

A man sits in a small boat floating in water in Bangladesh.

UN climate talks have yet to deliver much for the world’s poorest people, who are already struggling with the impacts of extreme weather and rising seas. But on the ground, researchers and aid workers are getting on with the job of trying to help those communities protect themselves from climate shifts, and even improve their lives amid increasingly harsh conditions.

This debate, hosted by Thomson Reuters Foundation’s AlertNet Climate site and IIED, will explore what actions and resources are needed, where and how, to support vulnerable groups in their efforts to adapt to climate change. It is taking place ahead of the 7th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change (#CBA7) in Dhaka later this month, and will feed into discussions there.

Here are some of the issues we’d like to tackle: To what extent can adaptation reduce loss and damage from climate change? What are the most promising approaches for climate adaptation in different regions, and how do we scale them up? Why is it so hard to get international climate finance flowing for adaptation? Are women getting their fair share of adaptation funding?

Please join us, and contribute your comments and questions for our expert panel, either directly on the live blog or via Twitter using the hashtag #CBA7:

  • Saleemul Huq, Senior Fellow, Climate Change Group, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
  • Kit Vaughan, Director, CARE Poverty Environment and Climate Change Network (PECCN) 
  • Yvette Abrahams, Researcher, Gender CC - Women for Climate Justice, South Africa
  • Maarten van Aalst, Director, Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre
  • Charlotte Sterrett, Principal Consultant, Climate Concern (Australia)

You can also follow the 7th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change via the Internet if you register as a VIP (virtual internet participant).

Contact

Mike Shanahan
Press officer

International Institute for Environment and Development
80-86 Gray’s Inn Road
London WC1X 8NH, UK.
Tel: +44 (0)20 3463 7399
Fax: +44 (0)20 3514 9055

Email: mike.shanahan@iied.org
www.iied.org

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Notes to editors

The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) is an independent, non-profit research institute. Set up in 1971 and based in London, IIED provides expertise and leadership in researching and achieving sustainable development (see: www.iied.org).

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