India event: MoES-UKRI COP26 partnership event: sustainable and inclusive climate adaptation and resilience: local leadership for a global goal
The event was co-hosted by India’s Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) and UKRI on 29 September.
In line with other workshops in the series, the India-UKRI partnership event aimed to identify solutions for locally led, but globally connected, climate adaptation and resilience research funding and practice. It engaged a range of different stakeholders in informing future research priorities.
India’s Principal Scientific Advisor Professor K Vijay Raghavan delivered a high-level statement outlining India’s commitment to partner with the UK on climate change adaptation and resilience research.
This was followed by a cross-government of India panel that explored the gaps, feasibility and opportunities for adaptation and resilience research, focused around the series core question set.
Finally, thematic, interactive breakout sessions were held to further explore the scope for climate change adaptation research from the perspectives of:
- food and water security
- energy security
Outputs from the discussions will feed into the synthesis report for the series, and also serve as a resource to help shape the future of MoES-UKRI partnerships in climate change research.
View the Padlet where break-out discussions were captured.
Ocean and climate change: building adaptation, mitigation, and resilience
The UKRI-GCRF One Ocean Hub hosted an event on 27 September as part of the COP26 climate adaptation and resilience events series.
Climate change is driving rapid and vast changes to the ocean and consequently the ways that people relate to it. Adaptation and mitigation to these changes will be essential to maintain the services and values that it provides.
The event showcased One Ocean Hub research on climate change impacts and building adaptation and resilience in some of the hub’s focus countries.
The event also explored strategies to build adaptation and mitigation processes; given the complexity of challenges posed by climate change, multidisciplinarity and science and policy engagement are key. There is a pressing need to integrate both marine science and social sciences in ocean research.
- Dr Bernadette Snow (University of Strathclyde, UK): building coastal resilience: the case study of Algoa Bay, South Africa
- Dr John Ansah and Dr Gina Yaa Oduro (University of Cape Coast, Ghana): benefits and cautions around adaptation measures: bringing the voices of marginalised communities
- Dr Lynne Shannon (University of Cape Town, South Africa), Dr Kelly Ortega Cisneros (University of Cape Town and Nelson Mandela University, South Africa), and Dr Emannuel Acheampong (University of Cape Coast, Ghana): climate change and sustainable fisheries: developing a model for adaptation
- Professor Murray Roberts (University of Edinburgh, UK): climate change and deep-sea ecosystems
- Professor Elisa Morgera (University of Strathclyde, UK): the nexus between ocean, climate change, biodiversity and human rights.
Outputs from discussions at the event which relate to the core question set will feed into the overall synthesis report for the series.
Watch a recording of the event on YouTube.
Building transformational pathways to adaptation in Eastern Africa
The workshop, hosted by BIEA-Cambridge-York-IGP was held on 16 September. It brought together a diverse range of scholars and stakeholders involved in different cross-disciplinary projects in eastern Africa spanning the environmental and social sciences and the humanities to explore:
- examples of successful adaptation strategies
- the role of research in enabling transformation and building resilience
- identifying key knowledge and training gaps that need to be addressed to equip the next generation of researchers with the interdisciplinary skills for developing regionally and locally appropriate responses to current climate-driven challenges.
China event: sustainable and inclusive climate adaptation and resilience in a carbon neutral future: local leadership for a global goal
On 15 September, the Administrative Centre for China’s Agenda 21 (ACCA21), affiliated to China Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), and UKRI jointly hosted a workshop to showcase regional climate adaptation and resilience research priorities and strengths.
The event engaged decision makers, local researchers, and practitioners in interactive conversations and gained insights from adaptation and resilience research conducted at a range of scales.
China and UK colleagues welcomed the opportunity to share international views and exchange knowledge in this field.
Key questions discussed included:
- what are the existing climate adaptation gaps and what research is needed to respond to them?
- what planning and implementation regimes are appropriate at national, sub-national and local level to make sure accelerated adaptation is also increasing the general well-being of local community?
- what lessons can we learn from current research on the evaluation of adaptation feasibility and outcomes from multiple viewpoints? How can evaluation research feed into the immediate needs of adjusting current climate adaptation policy, finance and programming?
- how can adaptation finance meet adaptation needs and what modalities can be used to get finance flow to where it is needed in building resilience urgently and at scale?
- what key messages around adaptation and resilience would you like to see given at COP?
Intercontinental virtual conference: the fifth global summit of the Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes (GADRI)
Overall theme: engaging sciences with action.
This year’s global summit took place on 31 August and 1 September and was particularly attentive to emphasising the importance of the global alliance and its supporting regional alliances in bringing disasters research to bare on the outcomes of COP26.
The fifth Global Summit of GADRI will contribute to COP26 through interrelating research programmes that can provide impetus to climate change and health challenges to influence climate policy in working for disaster resilience and response.
On 1 September, a session was held around exploring solutions to bridge the gaps for implementation of science action, including four focal topics as follows:
- bridging the collaboration gaps: integrating disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation for a science in action agenda
- bridging the knowledge gaps: exploring solutions for transforming data into action
- bridging the science-policy gaps: contextualising governance to explore opportunities for action
- bridging the generational gap: catalysing science in action by youth engagement.
Outputs from discussions around these focal topics will have relevance to the core question set and feed in to the overall synthesis report for the COP26 adaptation and resilience events series.
Chile event: regional impact and risk assessment of climate change: the role of research
On 26 August, the Science and Innovation Network, in collaboration with the British Embassy Santiago, hosted a discussion with key academics working in assessing the impact and risks of climate change from a local perspective.
This was a closed event with invitations issued directly to a range of academics working in relevant areas of research. Discussions provided really interesting insights into the key climate adaptation and resilience challenges facing Chile and the approaches being taken to address them.
The results from this solution-driven discussion will be brought into the overall report for the series and feed into the finale event.
Launch of Africa-led events: profiling global impacts and upscaling opportunities for climate research in Africa
A string of Africa-led events are being co-hosted by the African Research Impact Network (ARIN) as part of the COP26 adaptation and resilience series.
The events aim to bring together a range of different stakeholders to showcase ongoing adaptation and resilience research based in Africa and gain insights on opportunities for upscaling these.
Discussions between stakeholders will also:
- generate insights into the landscape, extent and effectiveness of adaptation and resilience initiatives in Africa
- inform the development of the new Adaptation Research Alliance (ARA).
The core question set has been further re-framed for the African context and will guide discussion throughout the Africa-led events:
- what are the major adaptation research gaps in Africa and what research is needed to respond to the adaptation gap in Africa?
- what examples are there of transformative adaptation research enabling action through addressing social justice, capacity building and governance? And why are these considered transformative, for example, what is considered transformative in an Africa context?
- what forms of research partnerships are required to achieve these transformations? How best should the UK engage African researchers and policy makers in pursuing these transformative opportunities? How has COVID-19 and the resultant shifts in UK funding affected adaptation research in Africa?
- evidence shows that Africa is registering relatively low presence at the global UNFCCC climate action platforms, such as the Global Climate Action Portal. How can we best profile adaptation research and actions taking place in various African countries to the global scale? And what support is required to achieve this?
A pan-Africa launch event took place on Thursday 29 July, building on outcomes of the COP26 adaptation and resilience events series global launch held on 3 June 2021.
The launch generated key insights to inform more targeted regional workshops in Africa and other regions. At the pan-Africa launch, high-level African and UK representatives gave their perspectives around key research challenges facing Africa in relation to the core question set, through a range of keynote speeches and panel discussion.
- Event Chair, Dr Joanes Atela, Convener, ARIN
- Dr Helen Adams, Head of Science Engagement, COP26 Cabinet Office Unit
- Dr Sarah Webb, Associate Director, UKRI-NERC International
- Panel Moderator, Professor Shuaib Lwasa, Global Centre on Adaptation
- Mrs Mariam Allam, Lead Negotiator, African Group of Negotiators on Climate Change
- Anand Patwardhan, Adaptation Research Alliance (ARA) Co-Chair
- Dr Emily Masawa, Climate Change Adaptation Technical Advisor and Negotiator
- TETRA TECH ARD
- Dr Funso Samorin, Regional Principal Officer, Climate Change and Green Growth Program, African Development Bank.
Participants then moved into break-out rooms to continue sharing their experiences of climate adaptation and resilience research in Africa and consider the broader strategic lessons for COP26, in relation to the core question set.
A report to summarise the outputs of these discussions will be made available shortly.
Recordings of the event, split into three sessions are also available:
East Africa event
The East Africa Event took place on 27 August 2021 and followed a similar format to the launch, but with presentations and discussions focussed on the East Africa context.
- Event Chair, Dr Joanes Atela, Convener, ARIN
- Chris Kiptoo, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Kenya
- Professor Fekadu Beyene, Environment, Forest and Climate Change Commission & UNFCCC Focal for Ethiopia Ministry of Environment
- Laura Scott, UK Collaborative on Development Research (UKCDR)
- Christophe Bazivamo, Deputy Secretary General in charge of Productive and Social Sectors, EAC
- Professor Shuaib Lwasa, Global Centre on Adaptation
- Ms Vera Bukachi, Kounkuey Design Initiative
- Dr Grady Walker, University of Reading
- Dr Yuner Huang, University of Edinburgh and Dr Luciano Andriamaro, Conservation International
- Dr Morten Byskov, University of Warwick.
Following presentations given by the speakers above, the participants took part in break-out groups to consider the four core questions from an East African perspective. The discussions provided useful insights in to real-world examples of adaptation and resilience challenges, and lessons learned for East Africa.
A report and recordings of the East-Africa event will be made available as soon as possible.
A third and final event with regional foci in west and south Africa will take place on 8th October. Details of how to register will be made available shortly.
June 2021 global launch
The kick-off event took place on 3 June.
The event looked at the need to generate global commitment for locally led, but globally connected, adaptation research funding and practice that enables sustainable and inclusive development in the face of climate change.
The event included:
- keynote talks from prominent members of the UK and international climate adaptation and resilience community
- UK and internationally led examples of adaptation and resilience research
- introductions to recent UK-led initiatives focused on adaptation and resilience research
- reflections and feedback around the pre-event consultation, focused on core questions that will frame events series.
Welcome and setting the scene (Professor Christopher Smith, UKRI International Champion).
High level statements
- Dr Debra Roberts, IPCC Co-Chair Working Group Two
- Professor Gideon Henderson, Chief Scientific Adviser, UK government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
- Dr Madhavan Nair Rajeevan, Secretary to the government of India Ministry of Earth Sciences
- Dr Huang Jing, Director General, Administrative Centre for China’s Agenda 21, Ministry of Science and Technology
- Dr Dorsamy (Gansen) Pillay, Deputy Chief Executive Officer for the Research and Innovation Support and Advancement of the National Research Foundation of South Africa
- Professor Saleemul Huq, Director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development in Bangladesh, IPCC Lead Author
- Marie Staunton, Strategic Coherence of ODA-funded Research Board Chair.
Read more about high level statement speakers (PDF, 208KB).
Adaptation and resilience research showcase
We showcased a selection of collaborative, locally led and globally relevant research aligned to the UK COP26 presidency’s adaptation and resilience theme, including:
- resilience of the UK food system, Dr John Ingram, University of Oxford
- collaboration across disciplines and countries: investigating drivers of biodiversity change, Professor Thomas Meagher, University of St Andrews
- the use of technology as a catalyst for strengthening stakeholder collaboration in building disaster resilience, Professor Terrence Fernando, University of Salford
- climate information for adaptation: insights from Africa and India, Professor Declan Conway, London School of Economics and Political Science
- climate adaptation in China: building resilience for endangered species and vulnerable ecosystems, Professor Jianguo Wu, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences.
Introduction to recent UK-led initiatives focused on adaptation and resilience research
- UK Collaborative on Development Research (UKCDR) UK-funded research on climate change and international development review findings, Laura Scott, UKCDR
- adaptation research alliance, Dr Rosalind West, UK government Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.
Reflections on pre-event consultation and general Q&A
Event facilitators (Realise Europe Ltd) and Dr Sarah Webb, Associate Director NERC International.
The core question set (see introduction above) was shared in advance of the kick-off meeting to allow the community to input thoughts via an online forum (XLeap) in advance of the event.
Points raised within the XLeap online forum were synthesised and fed into the kick-off event.
This marked the start of a global conversation around the core question set, which further events in the series can build upon going forwards.
Launch event outputs
Materials and outputs from the launch event are available via the XLeap Forum, including:
- video recordings of the launch event plenary sessions: high-level statements, research showcase and introduction to UK-led initiatives
- video recordings of pre-recorded talks and copies of slides delivered during the launch event, with Q&A
- key points raised around the core question set through the pre-event consultation
- detailed points raised around the core question set during break-out discussions held at the launch event. A synthesis report is due to be made available shortly.