Susannah Fisher's blog posts
A recent IIED study looked at how the process of decision making can help address challenges created by the uncertainties of future climate change. Our research highlighted the benefits of moving from technocratic solutions to a process-based political approach.
How can urban planners deal with the unpredictable future impacts of climate change? IIED researchers visited two Indian cities to see how a learning-based approach can help.
Assessing how climate change adaptation and development investments can strengthen local people's resilience to climate extremes.
Climate negotiators are discussing how to set a global goal for climate change adaptation. It's important for the negotiators learn from experiences and evidence gained at country level – so they can develop a goal that reflects differing national realities.
Including the perspectives and experiences of women and girls in monitoring and evaluation can lead to better outcomes for climate change adaptation measures, IIED research has found.
Better information and more financial support are essential for poor countries to prepare for future impacts. Building consensus and providing up-to-date climate data could help countries develop their low carbon, climate resilient national plans, new research suggests.
While many policymakers in the world's richest nations continue to deny the urgency of action on climate change, governments in the 48 least developed countries are pushing ahead with plans to adapt – or at least trying to.
People who work on climate change policy often receive too much information, or struggle to access the right knowledge, in the right format, when they need it. Two kinds of organisations can help.
Effective monitoring and evaluation of changes in community resilience that arise from both development and climate change resilience, can help Nepal can make smart moves to protect its people, says Susannah Fisher.
Some of the least developed countries are at the forefront of an approach that combines efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, adapt to climate change and achieve economic and social development.
Is it fair to ask Bangladesh to adapt to the impacts of climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions? How does the government view this approach?
The private sector is playing a role in reducing the impacts of climate change, called climate change mitigation, and, to a more limited extent, is helping societies adapt to climate change. But how might the private sector better engage with the two agendas together, in what has been called low carbon resilient development?
Rwanda is facing a serious threat to its development. The costs of adapting to or mitigating the impacts of climate change that will result in more landslides, floods and drought, may rise to $300 million a year by 2030. The Rwandan government is hoping that this risk will also provide the country with an opportunity to secure additional climate finance and develop innovative solutions to address the challenges facing the country, through its new climate finance mechanism, FONERWA. But will international donors make the dream a reality?
Low carbon resilience has become the new buzzword in climate policy. National governments and development partners are increasingly promoting an agenda that tackles reducing carbon emissions while simultaneously building climate resilience in a supposed win-win policy agenda says Susannah Fisher.