Adaptation and 21st Century Challenges

How can adaptation thinking be brought into debates & practice around food, water & energy security?  What are the solutions for reducing climate risks in the face of rapid urbanisation?  What are the implications of migration in the context of climate change and other drivers?

S68: An urban equity and justice orientation to climate adaptation and resilient transformations

Full session – 1h45
Session title S68: An urban equity and justice orientation to climate adaptation and resilient transformations
Conference Theme Adaptation & 21st century challenges
Cross-cutting Topic Cities, justice, climate transformation
Sector Science-policy session
Content and objectives (max 100 words) This session focuses on emerging justice-based pathway for climate resilient transformations in cities. The papers in this session evaluate this ‘reorientation’ towards justice, which includes an understanding of how vulnerable communities can participate in climate change decision-making, how adaptation interventions can yield more equitable benefits, and how future visions of climate resilient development can prioritise the needs of economically precarious, environmentally vulnerable, and politically marginalised communities. A secondary objective of the session is to understand how local approaches to justice can serve as guides or exemplars for other cities that are embarking on alternative pathways towards climate resilience.
Format  Presentation with Q&A
Confirmed speakers Eric Chu, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. Kavya Michael, Indian Institute of Human Settlements, India. James Patterson, VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Gina Ziervogel, University of Cape Town, South Africa (Rapporteur)
Open for abstracts Yes
Number of presenters you can add through the abstract submission process 2

S83: Interdependencies of Systems: Adapting Cities to Cascading Effects Triggered by Climate Extremes

Full session – 1h45
Session title S83: Interdependencies of Systems: Adapting Cities to Cascading Effects Triggered by Climate Extremes
Conference Theme Adaptation & 21st century challenges
Cross-cutting Topic Debates and practice around food, water and energy security
Sector Governments, academia, private, non-governmental
Content and objectives (max 100 words) Climate extremes create the potential for cascading effects threatening urban populations’ security by undermining the sustainable utilization of water, energy, food resources and services. Cascading effects depend on specific social-institutional, economic, technological, and environmental factors. Hence, their diffusion is mediated by context specific interdependent vulnerabilities in city’s governance and critical infrastructural systems. We invite a diversity of tools, methods, cases, best-practices and lessons-learned on the:

  • Mediating role, in mitigating risks, of interdependent infrastructural systems and factors occurring inside and outside city boundaries
  • Influence of governance on policies, actions and infrastructural supports on risk mitigation and adaptation
Format 1 hour 45 minutes roundtable with Ignite presentations and dialogue.  The work. Questions posed with Twitter (#interdependencies) or a piece of paper. The session organizer will moderate the presentations and the session chair will moderate the open dialogue.  A rapporteur team of two or three seasoned practitioners will sum up key points on best practices and methodologies relevant to cities at different stages of development in climate risk management. This session will run the day before a one-day workshop for C40 cities which will be an opportunity for cities at difference stages of development to establish joint collaborative initiatives in support of best practices in governance, collaboration and application of tools.
Confirmed speakers David MacLeod, Toronto; Rob Koeze, Amsterdam; Patricia Romero-Lankao, NCAR
Open for abstracts Yes
Number of presenters you can add through the abstract submission process 6 Based on 8 minutes Ignite presentations, there is room for 6 presentations, and we already have 3 presenters.  We shall seek presentations from cities ranging from just getting started to more advanced in climate risk management that are likely to be beneficial in helping other cities advance their climate risk practice. 

S90: Linking the NAP process and NDCs to accelerate enhanced adaptation action

Full session – 1h45
Session title S90: Linking the NAP process and NDCs to accelerate enhanced adaptation action
Conference Theme Adaptation & 21st century challenges
Cross-cutting Topic NDCs, implementing the Paris Agreement, NAP process, adaptation-mitigation co-benefits
Sector Cross-sectoral policy and implementation
Content and objectives (max 100 words) How can the adaptation goals in the NDCs be linked with the NAP process in order to accelerate enhanced adaptation action including adaptation finance? At this session, new insights gained from the Tool for Assessing Adaptation in the NDCs (TAAN) will be presented. Moreover, the findings and key messages of a recent study on linking the NAP process and NDCs will be discussed. The objective is to shed light on benefits, opportunities and challenges, as well as concrete options for using the NAP process for the implementation and development of NDC adaptation goals.
Format  Presentations with Q&A and radio talk panel
Confirmed speakers Navina Sanchez Ibrahim (GIZ), Andrea Kuhlmann (GIZ), N.N. Ministry of Environment Jordan
Open for abstracts Yes
Number of presenters you can add through the abstract submission process 2 as resource persons

S171: The role of leadership in facilitating transformational change

Side event – Monday afternoon
Session title S171: The role of leadership in facilitating transformational change
Conference Theme Adaptation and 21st session challenges/Adaptation and development
Cross-cutting Topic Leadership, transformation; adaptation; loss and damage
Sector All
Content and objectives (max 100 words) This session will provide space for discussion on the role of leadership in transformation. There are many definitions of transformation, but we will focus on transformation as a deeper change that alters development pathways to reduce vulnerability to climate change. However, space will be left for other interpretations of transformation. Several scholars have proposed that leadership plays a critical role in facilitating transformation (Pelling, 2010; O’Brien et al., 2012). However, it is not clear how leadership can facilitate transformation. The aim of this session is to create an environment that allows an authentic exchange between researchers, policy and decision makers and practitioners.
Format Camp-fire
Confirmed speakers Professor Mark Pelling (moderator), King’s College London

Dr. Kees van der Geest, United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security

Dr. Saleemul Huq, International Institute for Climate Change and Development 

Mr. Vhalinavho Khavhagali, Department of Environmental Affairs, Government of South Africa

Ms. Erin Roberts, King’s College London

Open for abstracts Yes
Number of presenters you can add through the abstract submission process 8

S172: Adaptation: instrument of conflict or a tool for cooperation?

Full session – 1h45
Session title S172: Adaptation: instrument of conflict or a tool for cooperation?
Conference Theme Does not fit clearly into any of these themes
Cross-cutting Topic Conflict and Adaptation
Sector  Development
Content and objectives (max 100 words) Within the broad category of unintended, unanticipated or unforeseen impacts of adaptation interventions, this session seeks to explore the potential for adaptation interventions to create new dynamics of conflict, both within and between scales, and, in turn, unpacks the potential for adaptation interventions to foster cooperation in contexts of conflict. This session will raise awareness of the potential for adaptation to exacerbate conflict and, how adaptation interventions including REDD+ activities might serve to strengthen cooperation including enabling community initiatives and cooperation between communities and government.
Format  Open session – presentation with Q&A
Confirmed speakers Sebastiaan Soeters, Parvin Sultana, Courtney Work, Corinne Lamain 
Open for abstracts Yes
Number of presenters you can add through the abstract submission process  1 only

Adaptation & Development

How can adaptation lead better development outcomes? In what ways do development processes prevent & enhance adaptation outcomes? How does adaptation contribute to the achievement of the SDGs?  And what are the implications

of maladaptation? How can we move adaption discourse and practice into National Development Plans and other development processes?

S22: Climate smart conservation in Africa: reducing vulnerability of rural people and biodiversity to climate change

Full session – 1h45
Session title S22: Climate smart conservation in Africa: reducing vulnerability of rural people and biodiversity to climate change
Conference Theme Adaptation & development
Cross-cutting Topic  Sustainable development; adaptation in natural resource management, rural communities’ resilience to climate change
Sector  Natural resource / biodiversity, community development
Content and objectives (max 100 words) This session focuses on: climate smart conservation and actions taken to reduce vulnerability of rural people and biodiversity to climate change; and how adaptation in natural resource management in selected areas in Africa is central to sustainable development. If we do not integrate adaptation and climate change considerations into our natural resource management and development activities, the possibility of attaining sustainable development is severely undermined. WWF has been working with partners to integrate adaptation into our programmes to ensure that both natural resources and people can build resilience to climate change, and ensure that nature can provide sustainable development opportunities
Format  presentations with Q&A
Confirmed speakers  Jeremiah Mushosho, Mwape Sichilongo and Melissa de Kock (WWF) (facilitator) and person TBC from Conservation and Development Agency (CODEA), Uganda, and expected person TBC from Zambia Climate Change Network
Open for abstracts Yes
Number of presenters you can add through the abstract submission process  2 (10min each)

S61: Private Adaptation in Semi-Arid Lands.

Full session – 1h45
Session title S61: Private Adaptation in Semi-Arid Lands.
Conference Theme Adaptation & development
Cross-cutting Topic  
Sector  
Content and objectives (max 100 words) There are interactions and co-dependencies between adaptation within households and within enterprise; in terms of how they are affected by climate change, and in the strategies, that they use to recover and adapt. Yet these links are poorly understood.

With a focus on semi-arid lands, this session focuses on exploring the resilience of small and medium enterprise alongside, and in connection with, that of households. It does this with the aim of distilling broad lessons about the kinds of policies, institutions and other investments that can enable climate resilient development across a broad spectrum of actors.

Format Presentations with Q&A discussions.
Confirmed speakers Kate Gannon (GRI-LSE); Florence Crick (GRI-LSE); Elizabeth Carabine (ODI); Brian Harding (SNV-Nairobi)
Open for abstracts Yes
Number of presenters you can add through the abstract submission process 2 additional presenters, with preference for one of these presenters to have strong experience of working with/within the private sector.

S91: Adaptation and Development in Small Island Developing States

Full session – 1h45
Session title S91: Adaptation and Development in Small Island Developing States
Conference Theme Adaptation & development
Cross-cutting Topic Financing of adaptation and climate resilient development; Learning from doing; South-South knowledge and learning.
Sector Agriculture, biodiversity and ecosystems, fisheries, coastal zones, water, energy, tourism, health, education, infrastructure, economic planning.
Content and objectives (max 100 words)  The time attainment of the development goals of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are threatened by climate-change. Climate-change adaptation and development goals may converge to foster structural transformations, acting on the constraints that impede the attainment of human needs, and improving the management of specific climate-stressors. Yet lack of data and research capacity remains a major challenge, particularly for the most impoverished and vulnerable communities in SIDS. This session explores how communities from SIDS are affected by climate-change, on evidence of sound adaptation (planned and spontaneous), and factors capable of enhancing or inhibiting SIDS people’s long-term ability to deal with climate-change.
Format  Themed presentations with interactive Q&A 
Confirmed speakers  None, for the time being (We are finalising with a representative of Alliance of Small Island States. (AOSIS) and a top scholar. We hope to confirm the two speakers by the end of December)
Open for abstracts Yes
Number of presenters you can add through the abstract submission process  4

S103: Building Climate Resilient Pathways for Sustainable Development: The Role of Integrated Climate Risk Management and Transfer

Full session
Session title S103: Building Climate Resilient Pathways for Sustainable Development: The Role of Integrated Climate Risk Management and Transfer
Conference Theme Adaptation & development
Cross-cutting Topic Models of collaboration

Knowledge co-production and research into use

Sector Thematic: Disaster Risk Management, Insurance

Targeted (through case studies): Agriculture, MSMEs, Renewable Energy.

Content and objectives (max 100 words) In the light of the current momentum on the role of insurance in building resilience of vulnerable communities, the session aims to shed light on the need of insurance approaches to be embedded in the broader adaptation plans of vulnerable countries. It will highlight how insurance particularly contributes to different SDGs by featuring case studies on integrated climate risk management from Ghana, Morocco, China and Barbados, and seeks to emphasise the importance of effectively monitoring the actual impact of insurance on people’s resilience by presenting a method for impact evaluation using appropriate indicators.
Format Themed presentations with interactive Q&A including fireside chats:

Part A (20 mins’) – Overview: Climate change, SDGs and risk transfer

·       The ever increasing risks and impacts of climate change, force the poor and vulnerable to seek new options. However, these options might further erode their coping capacity and trap them in poverty, impeding the achievement of the SDGs. These everyday challenges of people will be presented with the aid of a photo film from real live stories.

Part B (65 mins’) – Fireside chat: How climate risk insurance (CRI) can aid in reaching the SDGs

·       Risk transfer, such as insurance plays a role in helping spread risks across communities and nations. The session moderator will engage in a fireside chat with the presenters of the four case studies, focusing on integrated climate risk management in agriculture (Ghana), SMEs (Morocco), urban resilience (China), and renewable energy (Barbados).

Part C (20 mins’) Evidence on CRI and Resilience:

·       Limited evidence exists on the impact of CRI on vulnerable populations and existing analysis often lacks a resilience lens. MCII and the London School of Economics (LSE) will present their integrated methodology to measure resilience and the impacts of CRI. It focuses on how subjective and objective factors and a mixed-method approach can aid practitioners in the future.

Confirmed speakers (Chair) Mr. Soenke Kreft, Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII)

Ms. Charlotte Norman, National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), Ghana.

Mr. Matthias Range, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Dr. Hicham Ezzine, University Mohammed V of Rabat, Morocco

Mr. Raul Fernadez, Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII)

Open for abstracts Yes
Number of presenters you can add through the abstract submission process 2 (max)
Side event – Monday afternoon
Session title S122: Adaptation in Fragile Contexts: A field-based exploration of the unique challenges of building climate resilience in fragile contexts 
Conference Theme Adaptation and Development 
Cross-cutting Topic Climate resilient development
Sector International Development
Content and objectives (max 100 words) Most climate resilience research efforts focus primarily on politically stable-contexts. However, increasing numbers of people face conflict and displacement from ecological degradation, violent extremism and disasters. Many of these people are particularly vulnerable to impacts of climate change, which can exacerbate drivers of fragility. Too often development and humanitarian aid programs fail to adequately understand and address the underlying drivers of risk, and struggle to prevent populations in fragile states from backsliding into poverty. This session will explore these issues with case studies from Uganda and Ethiopia, and the exploration of a new methodology for assessing resilience in fragile contexts.  

 

Format Presentation and Discussion 
Confirmed speakers Eliot Levine, Mercy Corps 
Open for abstracts Yes
Number of presenters you can add through the abstract submission process 1
Full session – 1h45
Session title S165: Forum of the UNFCCC Adaptation Committee: Integrating climate change adaptation with the Sustainable Development Goals and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction
Conference Theme Adaptation & development
Cross-cutting Topic  
Sector All
Content and objectives (max 100 words) The UNFCCC Adaptation Committee promotes the coherent implementation of enhanced action on adaptation.

The international community made an unprecedented set of commitments to pursue a sustainable future by producing three landmark global agendas: The Paris Agreement; the Sustainable Development Goals; and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Having dedicated an expert meeting to the benefits of an integrated implementation of these agendas in 2017, the Adaptation Committee looks forward to introducing the key messages from its technical work, and to a constructive discussion with a diverse audience on further ideas and opportunities to advance the three agendas in unison.

Format Presentations with Q&A
Confirmed speakers
  • UNFCCC Adaptation Committee
  • To be confirmed (moderator)
  • To be confirmed (speaker)
  • To be confirmed (speaker)
  • To be confirmed (speaker)
Open for abstracts Yes
Number of presenters you can add through the abstract submission process 1

S182: After the Floods: Reactive adaptation and rebuilding for resilience in cities

Full session – 1h45
Session title S182: After the Floods: Reactive adaptation and rebuilding for resilience in cities
Conference Theme Adaptation & development
Cross-cutting Topic Disaster response, Reactive Adaptation, Flood management
Sector Non-government, Government, Academia
Content and objectives (max 100 words) After the Floods will discuss the aftermath of major flood disasters in the world’s megacities and how this influences their ability to adapt to future climate conditions and the urgency in emulating this in other cities around the world. Including a regionally diverse group of megacities, the session will focus on recent weather events and how contrasting cities such as Houston and Mumbai are responding to the after effects of major flooding.

 

Objectives include looking at immediate emergency responses, rebuilding strategies, effective flood management tools and the opportunity for political leverage to undertake urgent and serious adaptation action going forward.

Format Panel Discussion
Confirmed speakers Tbc (We are planning to secure three contrasting cities that have dealt with major flooding issues in 2017)
Open for abstracts Yes
Number of presenters you can add through the abstract submission process 2 relevant abstracts depending on how many cities we confirm.

S184: Understanding and integrating climate change adaptation and mitigation in cities

Full session – 1h45
Session title S184: Understanding and integrating climate change adaptation and mitigation in cities
Conference Theme Collaboration, knowledge co-production& research into use
Cross-cutting Topic  
Sector  
Content and objectives (max 100 words) The transition towards zero carbon cities requires enormous investments in our cities’ energy systems, buildings, transport infrastructure etcetera. At the same time, cities need to take adaptation measures to protect themselves against current and future extreme weather events. Failing to integrate the two policies could potentially lead to mal-investment and conflicts of interest, but also missed opportunities.

Various cities will present practical examples and lessons learnt from integrating adaptation and mitigation (or failing to do so). WSP will present the ‘Adaptation Mitigation Interaction Assessment’ tool that aims to support cities in systematically analyzing the potential interactions between adaptation and mitigation.

Format ·       5’: Opening: Setting the scene – Chantal Oudkerk Pool (C40)

·       8’: Melbourne’s adaptation strategy refresh: keeping the city cool and low carbon – t.b.c. (City of Melbourne) 

·       8’: New York’s 1.5 degrees plan: increasing climate resilience through mitigation measures – t.b.c. (New York City) 

·       8’; Integrated climate governance in Ethekwini – t.b.c. (Ethekwini)

·       8’: Flood-proof sustainable infrastructure – Johan Verlinde & Jorg Pieneman (City of Rotterdam) 

·       8’: Rio de Janeiro case study – t.b.c. (City of Rio de Janeiro)

·       15’: ‘Adaptation Mitigation Interaction Assessment’ tool – Elan Theeboom (WSP)

·       15’: Scientific abstract (t.b.c.)

·       30’: The audience is invited to join in with their experiences, recommendations and questions.

Confirmed speakers Chantal Oudkerk Pool (C40)

Johan Verlinde & Jorg Pieneman (City of Rotterdam)

Elan Theeboom (WSP)

Open for abstracts Yes
Number of presenters you can add through the abstract submission process 1 presentation of 15 minutes max and requiring former approval by the session organizer to make sure the selected abstract matches well with the other presentations

Modes of Collaboration, Knowledge Co-Production & Research into Use

What are we learning from transdisciplinary & engaged research processes?  How do we maximise the uptake of evidence from research & innovations into policy & practice?  How do we “go the last mile” – from good research, good policy, great ideas to implementation on the ground that leads to real change, for many?

S46: Pathways Praxis for Values, Rules and Knowledge

Full session – 1h45
Session title S46: Pathways Praxis for Values, Rules and Knowledge
Conference Theme Collaboration, knowledge co-production & research into use
Cross-cutting Topic Governance; multi-level learning; co-production
Sector All sectors: livelihoods & conservation; rural & urban; terrestrial, coastal & marine. 
Content and objectives (max 100 words) What theory and practice is effective for building the capacity of organisations to actively facilitate the evolution of their decision contexts to expand their future decision options?

This session will share experiences seeking to actively evolve decision contexts – the systems of societal values, rules and knowledge that enable the adaptation options available to decision makers (Gorddard et al. 2016). Selected talks will introduce a workshop on participants’ experiences with different theories and practice in various contexts. The session will build new practitioner-researcher networks and capture emerging lessons about building adaptation governance capacity and fostering multi-level learning to enable adaptation.

Format Themed presentations with interactive Q&A

Presentations followed by a workshop, and 4-page ‘practice notes’.

Confirmed speakers Brigitte Baptiste, Humboldt Institute.

Claudia Munera, Australian National University.

Jody Gates, Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, South Australia.

Paul Ryan, Australian Resilience Centre.

Paul Hardisty, Australian Institute of Marine Sciences.

Open for abstracts No – (Unless there are any ‘extremely relevant’ submitted abstracts. They would need to fit the intent of being about the experience of trying to enable adaptation through interventions to actively evolve the decision context.)
Number of presenters you can add through the abstract submission process 1 (if ‘extremely relevant’ as per above.)

S58: Practical application of decision scaling climate resilience approaches in the infrastructure sector.

Half session – 45 minutes
Session Title S58: Practical application of decision scaling climate resilience approaches in the infrastructure sector.
Conference Theme Collaboration, knowledge co-production & research into use
Cross-cutting Topic Practical application of decision scaling climate resilience approaches
Sector Infrastructure
Content and objectives (max 100 words) This session will explore the practical application of decision scaling climate resilience approaches in the infrastructure sector to aid decision making under uncertainty.

Mott MacDonald will share details of the draft World Bank hydropower climate resilience guidelines. The World Bank will give an update on the guidelines piloting phase and roll out plans and give a call to action for their use.

Objectives:

  • Disseminate guidance on how the hydropower infrastructure sector can undertake climate resilience assessments using a bottom up decision-scaling approach.
  • Give a call to action for responsible national and regional authorities to use the World Bank climate resilience hydropower guidelines.
Format Themed presentations with interactive Q&A

Following each short presentation, the subsequent Q&A sessions will allow the wide-ranging audience to explore the findings and examples in more detail and share their knowledge and learning.

Confirmed speakers
  • Dr David Viner F.Inst.Env. Sci. (Global Practice Leader, Climate Resilience, Mott MacDonald) – Chair of the Session
  • Pravin Karki (Global Lead for Hydropower and Dams, World Bank) – Rapporteur of the Session
Open for abstracts Yes
Number of presenters you can add through the abstract submission process 2

S59: What’s the best way of doing adaptation? - On the way to good standards for organizations

Full session – 1h45
Session title S59: What’s the best way of doing adaptation? – On the way to good standards for organizations
Conference Theme Collaboration, knowledge co-production& research into use
Cross-cutting Topic  
Sector Cross-sector
Content and objectives (max 100 words) How can organizations be sure to follow the state-of-the-art in adaptation research? How to make the efforts in adaptation reliable and maybe even comparable? Over the last years several initiatives started to set up standards in bringing adaptation actions into practice. We invite key actors to give an insight into the ongoing work, show up where scientist and practitioner can engage and discuss future perspectives. The workshop will put a special focus on the work of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the correspondent national standardisation bodies. This session is also open for contributions from other perspectives (e.g. standardisation approaches in different professions, business sectors or regions) as they may face similar issues.
Format Presentations with Q&A, followed by a panel discussion with the presenters
Confirmed speakers International Standards on Adaptation – The ongoing work at ISO on adaptation standards and how experts may engage here (Ira Feldmann, Greenhouse Gas Management Institute/Greentrack.com, ISO representative on climate actions and adaptation strategy). The importance of standards on adaptation – the case of South Korea (Soojeong Mejong, Korean Environment Institute). Foster Good Practice on Vulnerability assessment – the case of Germany (Clemens Haße, Federal Environment Agency Germany). The value of adaptation standards for multilateral development banks (Asian Development Bank, asked)
Open for abstracts Yes
Number of presenters you can add through the abstract submission process 2

S65: Building Climate Resilience in Fragile Contexts

Full session – 1h45
Session title S65: Building Climate Resilience in Fragile Contexts
Conference Theme Collaboration, knowledge co-production& research into use
Cross-cutting Topic Climate information services, agriculture, food security, capacity building
Sector International Development  
Content and objectives (max 100 words) The provision of weather and climate information has the potential for increasing the resilience of communities to impacts of a variable and changing climate. However, while innovative approaches to delivering climate information to farmers show promise, evidence on the effectiveness of CIS programs in benefiting farmers’ livelihoods remains inadequate. The Mercy Corps Lead Climate Information Research Initiative (CISRI) seeks to fill these gaps through a synthesis of existing knowledge, analyses of existing programs, and piloting approaches for evaluating uptake and effectiveness of existing CIS programs.  This session will review findings from this research, and facilitate discussion on future CIS investments.
Format   Presentations with groups discussion 
Confirmed speakers Eliot Levine, Mercy Corps 

Ed Carr, Humanitarian Response and Development Lab

James Hanson, Columbia University’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society 

Open for abstracts Yes
Number of presenters you can add through the abstract submission process  2

S82: Hotspots 2.0: Innovation for Climate Resilient Development

Full session – 1h45
Session title S82: Hotspots 2.0: Innovation for Climate Resilient Development
Conference Theme Collaboration, knowledge co-production& research into use
Cross-cutting Topic Adaptation and development
Sector  
Content and objectives (max 100 words) Scale-up of innovations for climate-resilient development still remains a challenge in developing countries. This is attributed to inter alia failure by relevant authorities to make appropriate institutional adjustments that would facilitate scale up of the innovations. It is therefore unlikely that any meaningful progress towards climate resilient development will be made in an area or sector unless deliberate efforts integrate proven scale-up options. Using tested case studies of scale up options formulated around climate services, ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA), ICTs and food value chains, the session will showcase adaptation innovations that have been successfully deployed in the global south.
Format Panel and World Café
Confirmed speakers 1
Open for abstracts Yes
Number of presenters you can add through the abstract submission process 4

S92: Multidimensional Framework and Response Matrix for Migration

Half session –  45 minutes
Session title S92: Multidimensional Framework and Response Matrix for Migration
Conference Theme Modes of collaboration, knowledge co-production and research into use
Cross-cutting Topic Food Security, Climate Change and Violence as drivers of migration
Sector Agriculture Economics/Research institution
Content and objectives (max 100 words) Societies have witnessed different flows of migration between and within countries in recent decades, whether by events such as conflicts and environmental related, food insecurity or socio-economic pressures. The objective of this Open Session is to discuss on this matter with experts. Educators, activists, researchers and policy makers are welcomed to think together with our consortium, which aim to develop an interdisciplinary method to assess migration tendencies linked with crises (e.g. food security, climate change and violence), and to develop a response matrix to evaluate policies related to migration.
Format Open Session, Round Table
Confirmed speakers Chair: Stefan Sieber.

Rapporteurs: Izabela Liz Schlindwein

Other Team Members: Sabine Kurtenbach, Christoph Gornott, Henryk Alff, Srijna Jha

 

Open for abstracts Yes
Number of presenters you can add through the abstract submission process 2

S104: Learning around the campfire: methods for sharing knowledge and know-hows about what works best when addressing climate change adaptation

Half session – 45 minutes
Session title S104: Learning around the campfire: methods for sharing knowledge and know-hows about what works best when addressing climate change adaptation
Conference Theme Collaboration, Knowledge Co-Production and Research Into Use
Cross-cutting Topic Learning, knowledge transfer, tools
Sector  
Content and objectives (max 100 words) This session will tackle the emerging and challenging topic of knowledge transfer between practioners of climate change adaptation, policy-makers and the scientific community.  Contributors will discuss best practices regarding teaching strategies, skills, methods, techniques and tools that enhance the participation and uptake of information by practioners in the adaptation community.

 

Presentations and a facilitated discussion will showcase novel and collaborative examples of teaching techniques and alternative formats, such as blended learning, that mixes both web-based learning and instructor-based courses. The usefulness of a modular approach to teaching various components of climate change adaptation to different audiences will also be explored.

Format Campfire
Confirmed speakers Two speakers
Open for abstracts Yes
Number of presenters you can add through the abstract submission process 2

S124: Using and evaluating participatory scenario tools for adaptation

Full session – 1h45
Session title S124: Using and evaluating participatory scenario tools for adaptation
Conference Theme Collaboration, knowledge co-production & research into use
Cross-cutting Topic  Participatory Scenarios
Sector  Development
Content and objectives (max 100 words) Presenters and participants share their experiences of participatory scenario methodologies in the context of their respective adaptation projects. The session explores what evidence there is for the impact of these methodologies in practice and how outcomes and impacts might be measured. Participants should leave the session with; 1) a better understanding of the different types of participatory scenario frameworks that are being applied in adaptation, and which might be the most appropriate methodology to choose for different intended outcomes; and 2) with new questions about where the field of participatory scenarios methodologies can and should go next.
Format Part one will be in a “market place” format, where participants choose to listen to and engage in brief discussions with three participatory scenarios methodologies presented (10 minutes each) out of 6 – 10 presentation options. In part two, participants choose one of the scenario methodologies to explore further, focusing on what and how evidence can be used to document and evaluate impact. The session concludes by harvesting insights and learnings from the participants in plenary.
Confirmed speakers Teresa Perez, Researcher, University of Cape Town

Laura Schmitt Olabisi, Associate Professor, Michigan State University

Saskia Werners, Wageningen University & Research,

Jeremy Richardson, Climate Resilient Infrastructure Development Facility (CRIDF) climate resilience lead, CRIDF/Pegasys

Edmond Totin, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)

Open for abstracts Yes
Number of presenters you can add through the abstract submission process This will depend on how many people are likely to attend the session.

S127: Methods for enhancing the co-production and application of science-based evidence into adaptation planning in LDCs and SIDS

Full session – 1h45
Session title S127: Methods for enhancing the co-production and application of science-based evidence into adaptation planning in LDCs and SIDS
Conference Theme Collaboration, knowledge co-production & research into use
Cross-cutting Topic  
Sector  
Content and objectives (max 100 words) The proposed session examines challenges associated with the co-production and application of science-based evidence for robust adaptation planning in LDCs and SIDS. A keynote presentation and four short interventions will highlight key gaps related to four themes: (1) knowledge co-production; (2) science-policy communication barriers; (3) in-country scientific awareness and capacity building; (4) autonomous adaptation and the role of the private sector. At a world café, participants will then share their views and explore solutions for improving LDCs and SIDS capacity to produce and use scientific information to support the development of national adaptation strategies.
Format   World Café
Confirmed speakers  Sarah D’haen/Adelle Thomas/Delphine Deryng
Open for abstracts Yes
Number of presenters you can add through the abstract submission process 4 – (i.e. one short contribution of ~2 slides for each of the four themes mentioned above)

S204: UCCRN Urban Planning & Urban Design Lab

Full session – 1h45
Session title S204: UCCRN Urban Planning & Urban Design Lab
Conference Theme Collaboration, knowledge co-production & research into use
Cross-cutting Topic Urban Planning & Urban Design
Sector  
Content and objectives (max 100 words) The UCCRN proposes an Urban Planning and Urban Design Lab Session and external side event focused on the coupled GHG mitigation and urban heat stress adaptation and resiliency. Teams of Participants will be drawn from city government and stakeholders from each city participating in the session. The Teams will interact and learn from one another’s experiences in their on-going climate change programs and will together develop perspectives on taking efforts to the next level of engagement and implementation. The goal of the sessions will be to rapidly and deeply build capacity across multiple stakeholder sectors in cities to implement climate mitigation, adaptation, resilience, and transformation related to climate change. The UCCRN Lab Session will draw its analysis and strategy from four evidence-based urban heat action principles: 1) Efficiency of urban systems 2) Form and layout 3) Heat-resistant construction materials 4) Vegetative cover.
Format World Cafe
Confirmed speakers Cynthia Rosenzweig, Sean O’Donoghue, Jeffrey Raven, Mattia Leone, Somayya Ali Ibrahim
Open for abstracts Yes
Number of presenters you can add through the abstract submission process  2

S139: Models of enabling researcher-practitioner collaboration: successes and failure

Full session – 1h45
Session title S139: Models of enabling researcher-practitioner collaboration: successes and failure
Conference Theme Collaboration, knowledge co-production and research-into-use
Cross-cutting Topic Other – Transdisciplinarity
Sector Civil society, applied researchers
Content and objectives (max 100 words) In recent years, the number of large multi-country, multi-disciplinary research-for-impact programmes and projects intended to understand and respond to global environmental change, including climate change adaptation, has increased. This session will stimulate reflection on how diverse, innovative approaches have created enabling environments for researchers and practitioners to work collaboratively and to understand what has led to program/project success or failure. Panellists and participants will explore what we have learned about enabling environments while thinking about collaborative models from multiple perspectives, including how models of collaboration designed and, in retrospect, what have been the strengths and weaknesses of the model?
Format Open session. Participatory panel discussion with Questions and Answers
Confirmed speakers Panellist: Ken De Souza (Department for International Development, United Kingdom) , Prathigna Poonacha (Indian Institute for Human Settlements), Jesse DeMaria-Kinney (Oxfam), Chair: Georgina Cundill-Kemp (International Development Research Centre, Canada)
Open for abstracts Yes
Number of presenters you can add through the abstract submission process 2

S154: Communicating climate projections: Design approaches, interpretation and application

Full session – 1h45
Session title S154: Communicating climate projections: Design approaches, interpretation and application
Conference Theme Collaboration, knowledge co-production & research into use
Cross-cutting Topic Communication, Information dissemination, Climate Services
Sector Energy, Water, Agriculture, Cities (Multiple)
Content and objectives (max 100 words) Climate change increases the frequency of extreme heat, droughts and rain. Communities, governments and businesses need to understand uncertain climate projections for making robust decisions and attaining suitable developmental goals. Producers of climate information need to account for decision-contexts for providing user-relevant information. Integrating risk communication expertise and transdisciplinary empirical research from academia, meteorological agencies and climate service providers, the session hosts i) design approaches and user-testing methods for evaluating communications of climate projections ii) ‘effective’ communication strategies and techniques in theory and practice iii) challenges arising from inter-individual and cultural differences in perceptions of communications and subsequent adaptation decisions.
Format 10 minute-presentations, followed by 5 minutes Q & A. Synthesizing 15 minute-panel discussion with all speakers aiming at identifying main challenges for successful communication of climate change projections.
Confirmed speakers Astrid Kause, Anna Steynor, Philip Antwi-Agiey
Open for abstracts Yes
Number of presenters you can add through the abstract submission process 3

S159: What’s the best way of doing adaptation? - On the way to good standards for organizations

Full session – 1h45
Session title S159: What’s the best way of doing adaptation? – On the way to  good standards for organizations
Conference Theme Collaboration, knowledge co-production& research into use
Cross-cutting Topic Cross-sector
Sector  
Content and objectives (max 100 words) How can organizations be sure to follow the state-of-the-art in adaptation research? How to make the efforts in adaptation reliable and maybe even comparable? Over the last years several initiatives started to set up standards in bringing adaptation actions into practice. We invite key ac-tors to give an insight into the ongoing work, show up where scientist and practitioner can engage and discuss future perspectives.

The workshop will put a special focus on the work of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the correspondent national standardisation bodies. This session is also open for contributions from other perspectives (e.g. standardisation approaches in different profes-sions, business sectors or regions) as they may face similar issues.

Format presentations with Q&A, followed by a panel discussion with the presenters
Confirmed speakers
  1. International Standards on Adaptation – The ongoing work at ISO on adaptation standards and how experts may engage here (Ira Feld-mann, Greenhouse Gas Management Institute/Greentrack.com, ISO representative on climate actions and adaptation strategy)
  2. The importance of standards on adaptation – the case of South Korea (Soojeong Mejong, Korean Environment Institute)
  3.  Foster Good Practice on Vulnerability assessment – the case of Germany (Clemens Haße, Federal Environment Agency Germany)
  4. The value of adaptation standards for multilateral development banks (Asian Development Bank, asked)
Open for abstracts Yes
Number of presenters you can add through the abstract submission process 2-3

S207: Community engagement for adaptation of coastal communities

Side event – Monday afternoon
Session title S207: Community engagement for adaptation of coastal communities
Conference Theme Collaboration, knowledge co-production and research into use
Cross-cutting Topic Community engagement
Sector Linking researchers and practitioners
Content and objectives (max 100 words) This session aims to discuss theoretical and practical considerations around community engagement in coastal adaptation to climate change. We plan to have a moderated panel discussion around key challenges in community engagement and how these have been addressed – what has worked (or not) and what we have learnt.  We plan for this session to be moderated to facilitate considerable input from the audience in terms of posing questions to be discussed.  The relevance of this topic comes from the panel’s mix of academics and practitioners from different country contexts where they are activity involved in local communities.
Format Panel debate/discussion
Confirmed speakers ·       Anne Leitch, Griffith University. Australia

·       Kerrie Foxwell-Norton, Griffith University, Australia

·       Camille Manning Broome, Center for Planning Excellence, Louisiana

·       Justin Kozak, Center for Planning Excellence, Louisiana

Open for abstracts Yes: we are seeking a case study from Africa
Number of presenters you can add through the abstract submission process 1 – 2 number of presenters can be added through the abstract submission process.

S237: Defining and measuring effective adaptation

Full session – 1h45
Session title S237: Defining and measuring effective adaptation
Conference Theme Collaboration, knowledge, co-production & research into use    
Cross-cutting Topic All; Metrics
Sector All
Content and objectives (max 100 words) It will look at what has worked and what has not worked in the context of defining and measuring effective adaptation. Lessons will be drawn from the 2017 Adaptation Gap Report released by UN Environment at COP23, and build on international experience in setting standards for adaptation.
Format Presentations with Q&A
Confirmed speakers TBD
Open for abstracts Yes
Number of presenters you can add through the abstract submission process 4

Learning from Doing

What works & has not worked at different scales, from regional, to national, to local & community?  What needs to be in place (enablers) & be circumvented (barriers) to maximise the chances of success in different adaptation settings? How do we improve the way learning occurs so that acknowledgement of failure or partial success is valued?

S175: Mainstreaming nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation

Full session – 1h45
Session title S175: Mainstreaming nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation
Conference Theme Learning by doing
Cross-cutting Topic  
Sector Academic, practitioners and government
Content and objectives (max 100 words) Bilateral donors and international funding programs are increasingly looking to implement nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation and disaster risk management. However, implementation of these types of interventions remains challenging due to lack of common guidance and lack of coordinated sharing of knowledge. To advance the field of nature-based solutions more rapidly several institutions are now working towards common guidelines, particularly around flood risk management. Implementation following the risk management cycle and collective learning from case-studies is key. This session aims to present the state-of-the-art guidance for implementation and to invite flood risk practitioners and governments to share their lessons on implementation.
Format  Open: presentations with Q&A
Invited speakers
  • Importance of covering the full range of solutions for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. Brenden Jongman (GFDRR)
  • Nature-based solutions in climate funding – Pradeep Kurukulasuriya (UNDP)
  • Guidance for implementation – Bregje van Wesenbeeck (Deltares)
  • Learning by doing: on-going pilots for climate adaptation – Luca Sittoni (EcoShape)
  • Natural based flood risk management: policy, practice, and research lessons from Asia – Missaka Hettiarachchi/Anita van Breda (WWF)
Open for abstracts Yes
Number of presenters you can add through the abstract submission process  1

S180: Towards an adaptive climate proof freshwater supply in salinising deltas and possible solutions for deltas worldwide: examples from the Rhine and Meuse Delta in The Netherlands and the Volta Delta in Ghana

Full session – 1h45
Session title S180: Towards an adaptive climate proof freshwater supply in salinising deltas and possible solutions for deltas worldwide: examples from the Rhine and Meuse Delta in The Netherlands and the Volta Delta in Ghana
Conference Theme Learning from doing
Cross-cutting Topic –        We will stress the importance of a nationwide climate adaptation approach, including financial instruments;

–        We will present subsurface measures to increase water availability in areas with saline (ground)water and we will show adaptive measures to manage the impact of salinisation on small-scale farming;

–        We will demonstrate tools to design and upscale measures for a climate robust freshwater supply, and;

–        We will present a tool to determine the level of pollution in the freshwater system in the Volta delta.

Sector Agriculture in in salinising deltas
Content and objectives (max 100 words) In our session, we will focus on technical, financial and political strategies to coop with impacts of climate change on fresh water supply for agriculture in salinizing deltas, with examples from the Rhine and Meuse Delta in The Netherlands and the Volta Delta in Ghana. This session will explore the following questions, related to the themes of AF2018:

  1. How can we organize and finance a development towards a more resilient fresh water supply and more careful use of fresh water?
  2. How do we facilitate debate on water availability with stakeholders?
  3. What are feasible measures and water management principles to increase adaptive capacities?
  4. How do we implement adaptation: from pilots to a change in mind set?
Format Presentations, Q&A’s and World Cafe type of discussion
Confirmed speakers 3
Open for abstracts Yes
Number of presenters you can add through the abstract submission process 2

Financing of Adaptation & Climate Resilient Development

What are we learning from the new global, regional & national funding mechanisms, such as the Adaptation & Green Climate Funds?  Where are the examples of “transformative” projects that the GCF seeks to fund?  What might transformative adaptation look like? How do we measure adaptation?

S73: Weathering the Storm: Integrating Climate Risks into Infrastructure Financing

Full session – 1h45
Session title S73: Weathering the Storm: Integrating Climate Risks into Infrastructure Financing
Conference Theme Financing of adaptation
Cross-cutting Topic Financing for climate-resilient infrastructure
Sector Infrastructure, financing
Content and objectives (max 100 words) This session explores how infrastructure banks, development finance institutions, and other investors can begin to integrate climate risks into their infrastructure investment decision-making to ensure those investments are more physically and financially resilient. The objectives of this session are to help participants understand investor perspectives regarding climate-resilience and potential opportunities for using climate-resilient investment in infrastructure to promote transformative adaptation. This session will include public and private, and developing and developed country perspectives, providing valuable takeaways for all audience members, regardless of their context and where they are on the adaptation planning spectrum.
Format Themed presentations with interactive Q&A
Confirmed speakers Stacy Swann, Founding Partner, Climate Finance Advisors

John Firth, CEO and Co-Founder, Acclimatise

Dr. Amal-Lee Amin, Chief of the Climate Change and Sustainability Division, Inter-American Development Bank

Open for abstracts Yes
Number of presenters you can add through the abstract submission process 1 – specifically a private investor perspective

S78: Green Climate Fund’s approach and scope for providing support to climate adaptation activities

Full session – 1h45
Session title S78: Green Climate Fund’s approach and scope for providing support to climate adaptation activities
Conference Theme Financing of adaptation
Area of interest Finance
Content and objectives (max 100 words) The session is divided into two parts: a presentation and a moderated session. The presentation is expected to inform stakeholders about the Green Climate Fund’s approach and scope for providing support to climate adaptation activities. It will also cover the GCF’s ongoing and planned support activities to enable public and private sector engagement in adaptation activities in the Least Developed Countries, Small Island Developing States, and African countries. The moderated session will facilitate sharing of best practices to financing climate adaptation.
Format Presentations with Q&A – Panel discussion
Confirmed speakers Green Climate Fund Secretariat (TBD)
Open for abstracts Yes
Number of presenters you can add through the abstract submission process 3

S190: Building capacity to bridge the investment gap in flood risk management

Full session – 1h45
Session title S190: Building capacity to bridge the investment gap in flood risk management
Conference Theme Financing of adaptation
Cross-cutting Topic Financing of adaptation and climate resilient development
Sector Water sector (public & private, flood risk management)
Content and objectives (max 100 words) The global dialogue on financing climate adaptation is maturing. To meet the SDGs as well as the water security goals emanating from climate change adaptation strategies, there are still many challenges ahead to increase the capacity to absorb the required investments. This is primarily a result of the low capacity in the water sector to design realistic and ‘bankable’ proposals, and to unfamiliarity of financiers with the water sector. The question arises how to bridge this investment gap? What are the needs of whom and who should take the lead in this?

We seek contributions that elaborate on these questions in particular in the field of flood risk management.

particular Round table
Confirmed speakers TBC
Open for abstracts Yes
Number of presenters you can add through the abstract submission process 5

South-South & South-North Knowledge and Learning

How does a Southern perspective change the global framing of adaptation & development?  Are there critiques of Northern approaches to adaptation in research, funding, & practice?  How do we enhance South-South collaboration; what successes point the way to do this?

S16: Scaling up ecosystem-based adaptation by using south-to-south and south-to-north learning

Full sessions – 1h45
Session title S16: Scaling up ecosystem-based adaptation by using south-to-south and south-to-north learning
Conference Theme South-to-south learning and south-to-north learning
Cross-cutting Topic Ecosystem-based adaptation
Sector All
Content and objectives (max 100 words) This session aims to present an engaging panel on scaling up ecosystem-based adaptation, particularly in the context of south-to-south learning and south-to-north learning, by taking examples of what has worked in those contexts. This will be used as a stepping stone to integrate into GCECA’s working theme group ‘Scaling up Ecosystem Based Adaptation’
Format Introductory presentation, followed by a panel discussion
Confirmed speakers TBD
Open for abstracts Yes
Number of presenters you can add through the abstract submission process 4

S137: Climate Change Adaptation policies and their implementation in LDCs: Prospect for Sharing, Learning and Collaboration across the globe

Full session – 1h45
Session title S137: Climate Change Adaptation policies and their implementation in LDCs: Prospect for Sharing, Learning and Collaboration across the globe
Conference Theme South-South and South-North knowledge & learning
Cross-cutting Topic Adaptation and Development
Sector
Content and objectives (max 100 words) The session will consist of presentations on the following topics:

–        Topic-1: Assessing climatic vulnerability of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and highlighting needs of the local communities

–        Topic-2: Climate change adaptation policies in the LDCs

–        Topic-3: Community Based Adaptation (CBA) case studies from LDCs

–        Topic-4: Building South-South and South-North knowledge transfer and collaboration

Objectives:

– Share cross-country experiences, and improve knowledge on successful adaptation policies and interventions

– Enhance understanding about integrated approach, process and institutions required to sustain the socio-economic development

– Develop consensus on South-South and South-North collaboration to facilitate knowledge generation and dissemination

Format  Lecture set-up dialogue
Confirmed speakers  Chair: Dr Saleemul Huq
Open for abstracts Yes
Number of presenters you can add through the abstract submission process  4

S186: Adaptation Governance From The National To The Local Level

Full session – 1h45
Session title S186: Adaptation Governance From The National To The Local Level
Conference Theme South-South and South-North knowledge & learning
Cross-cutting Topic Adaptation governance
Sector National to local adaptation frameworks
Content and objectives (max 100 words) Better understanding of the importance of good governance and linkages from national to community level in adaptation planning and implementation. The session allows participants to share experiences and perspectives on how to shape national adaptation plans to ensure that they are efficient and effective in reaching the most vulnerable in local communities. Contributions from civil society and government mainly in the Global South – as well as from researchers studying adaptation policy processes and their dilemmas. Tools such as the Joint Principles for Adaptation (by Southern Voices on Adaptation) and the Adaptation Good Practice Checklist (by CARE) shared and discussed.
Format World Café – up to 10 tables with up to 10 participants at each
Confirmed speakers Session facilitators:
Peter With, CARE Danmark,
Fiona Percy, CARE International,
Table hosts and discussants:
Rajan Thapa, CEN/Climate Change Network Nepal
Esbern Friis Hansen, Danish Institute for International Studies
Julius Ng’oma, CISONECC, Malawi
Angie Dazé, NAP Global Network, IISD
Charles Tonui, African Center of Technology Studies
Charles Abén, National Agricultural Advisory Services, Uganda
Open for abstracts Yes –  for World Café table contributions, see below
Number of presenters you can add through the abstract submission process Up to 14 contributors as table hosts or discussants. Table hosts will give a presentation on up to 10 minutes (no slides) and lead the discussion at the table.

Criteria for contributors:

§  An involvement with adaptation governance (decision-making or finance) – at national / sub-national (district/municipal) or local community level

§  A mix of civil society actors, government staff, researchers, private sector, finance institutions

§  A mix of experiences from national, district/municipal and community levels