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Is Global Climate Change Good for Business?

Is Global Climate Change Good for Business?
By Steve Wilson

Steve Wilson, head of the proadapt facility in the Multilateral Investment Fund, outlines how the market for climate resilience is potentially far larger even than the rapidly growing markets of renewable energy and energy efficiency.


... A First Inquiry into the Market for Climate Resilience


A new study attempts to shed some light on the growing market opportunity posed by climate resilience. The inquiry, by the Global Climate Adaptation Partnership in the United Kingdom and Grupo Laera in Colombia, will assess the markets for climate-resilience solutions in two sectors, agriculture and transportation, in three emerging markets: Colombia, South Africa, and the Philippines. These solutions are in the form of many types of products and services that help buyer better manage their exposure to climate risks, and they also include emerging investment models and public-private partnerships that help to reduce climate vulnerability....


 Read the entire article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/fomin/is-global-climate-change_b_14552270.html


The Oxford Adaptation Academy 2017 - NOW is the time to apply!

oxford uni scapeThe seventh annual Oxford Adaptation Academy is scheduled for August 13-25th, 2017. That may seem a long way off but, each year, there are sadly a few people who try to book at the last minute and discover that they have left it too late. It can take longer than you realise to organise flights, visas, sponsorship, leave from work, and so on.

The OAA is a unique incubator for leadership and innovation within the field of climate adaptation and resilience. It continues to evolve, with each year's programme building on the success of the previous ones. We bring together thought leaders in a diverse range of fields all of which have a bearing on practical responses to climate change. Their contributions are 'glued together' by a core faculty; they help you integrate the ideas with your existing and planned work, and look at yourself and how you will draw on your unique strengths in the future. The programme lasts two weeks, and participants emerge with a very different perspective on adaptation, how it is going to be achieved, and their role in tackling the big issues associated with it. We are humbled by the achievements of some of our participants, and the commitment that their employers have shown to the Academy over several years.

GCAP (the Global Climate Adaptation Partnership), was established in 2010 and was recently independently ranked among the top 10 leading climate think tanks globally. Its team provides knowledge services related to national adaptation investment and finance, climate economics, climate adaptation strategy and planning, and climate risk screening. We support managers holding over $1 billion in funds.

If you feel that you would like to raise the bar on your work and career in this fascinating and massively expanding field, we urge you to read more about the OAA. If you have questions, please ask. More information, the application form, and details of fees, can be found here: http://www.climateadaptation.cc/our-work/adaptation-academy/what-we-offer/oxford-adaptation-academy

We offer a substantial reduction in the fees to anyone booking before February 1st. Now is the time to apply!


Meetings with the Global Adaptation Institute

Tom Downing is advising the Global Adaptation Institute on development and use of an index on adaptation. The GAI approach seeks to evaluate the relative risk (a classical vulnerability model) against the institutional readiness for adaptation investment with a particular target of national decision making and private investment. Juan Jose Daboub (left) is the CEO of the Institute, with Jose Maria Aznar (centre) chair of the Institute's board.

... very interesting people grappling with big-scale issues!


UNFCCC participating in Academy again

The United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has increased its support to enable three participants to attend the Oxford Adaptation Academy this year.

There are still a few places available. Do join us in August, and encourage anyone who might be interested in attending to look at the GCAP website; unfortunately there are no scholarships available. We encourage applicants to apply before 1 June.

Visit the Academy website for more information http://www.climateadaptation.cc/our-work/adaptation-academy/what-we-offer/oxford-adaptation-academy 

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Diagnostic tool for businesses

The Global Climate Adaptation Partnership, with the University of Bath and the University of Manchester, has recently received an award from the UK Technology Strategy Board (TSB). TSB's objective is to accelerate economic growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation.

Working with Aster Housing Group the project will provide a robust Adaptation Planning Service (APS-UK) for businesses in the UK. Taking into account the client's business processes, this visual, interactive diagnostic tool will map their exposure to climate related hazards. A strategic decision can then be made that appraises cost and benefits of appropriate management actions.

The outcome is robust planning for businesses facing vulnerability to climate related risks, with the expectation that this prototype will be easily transferred to other businesses in the housing sector. It is a 12 month project and is managed by Daniel Black & Associates (db+a).