In previous lives both Tom and I were involved in founding weADAPT, which is run by our friends down the road at SEI Oxford. Amazingly, weADAPT is now celebrating 10 years as an online platform for sharing knowledge, tools and case studies around climate adaptation!
We'll be at the European Climate Change Adaptation Conference in Glasgow this week, mostly in the Business and Innovation sessions. We're excited to be pitching in the Resilience Innovation Challenge on Wednesday, and looking forward to seeing old and new faces! Hoping for lots of stimulating conversations and good discussion around our work on Private Markets for Climate Resilience. See you there!
So Trump has done what he always looked likely to do, and let the climate deniers around him pull the U.S out of the Paris Accord. This is a massive failure of U.S leadership, but how much does it really affect action on climate change? Judging from early reaction, and the noises we've heard over the last 6 months the answer is. . .not much.
Frank Thomalla let us know that the Asia Center in Bangkok just joined the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk network. He leads an initiative on Transforming Development and Disaster Risk, now in its second phase. This network and initiative are key to bringing disasters and adaptation together. Both need to move along the continuum from 'good resource management' to transformations that are prepared for the coming climeractic.
In late April, GCAP and Grupo Laera headed to Washington DC to present the Private Markets for Climate Resilience (PMCR) project at Proadapt’s “Climate Risk and Investment Symposium: Framing Private Challenges and Opportunities”. The conference, organized by Proadapt, a program of the Multilateral Investment Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank, in partnership with the Nordic Development Fund, showcased thought leaders and practitioners with topics which included examples of resilience investments in selected sectors, evolving investment instruments, models and metrics, developments in climate resilience data, analytics and entrepreneurship, among other issues.