China event: sustainable and inclusive climate adaptation and resilience in a carbon neutral future: local leadership for a global goal
As part of the COP26 Adaptation and Resilience events series, the Administrative Centre for China’s Agenda 21 (ACCA21), affiliated to China Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), and UKRI will jointly host this workshop on 15 September, 15:00 to 18:15 China Standard Time (CST), 08:00 to 11:15 (BST).
The workshop aims to identify solutions for locally led, but globally connected, climate adaptation and resilience research funding and practice that enables sustainable and inclusive development in the face of climate change. The event will engage decision makers, local researchers, and practitioners in interactive conversations and help to inform a high-profile local adaptation and resilience research strategy.
The workshop will focus on showcasing regional adaptation and resilience research priorities and strengths. There will also be speakers from the UK sharing UK-China collaboration experience and achievement, and organisations such as Asia Pacific Network (APN) and Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes (GADRI) sharing international views and exchanging knowledge in this field.
Discussions are focussed around core questions that have been developed by an international group of IPCC authors, aiming to identify the priorities and gaps for regional adaptation and resilience research and contribute to a co-produced message to be presented at COP26, together with other international delivery partners.
Key questions to be discussed:
- 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?
Building transformational pathways to adaptation in Eastern Africa
16 September, 08:30 to 16:30 EAT
This workshop brings 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.
What does the climate of the future hold for insects, and how do we know where they are heading?
20 September 2021, 16:00 to 17:00
A live session on insect monitoring in the tropics.
Attendance at this event is open to all.
Ocean and climate change: building adaptation, mitigation, and resilience
27 September 2021, 11:00 to 13.00 GMT
Organised by: The UKRI-GCRF One Ocean Hub 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.
Given the complexity of challenges posed by climate change, multi-disciplinarity and science and policy engagement are key to build suitable adaptation and mitigation processes. There is a pressing need to integrate both marine science and social sciences in ocean research.
The event aims to explore the impacts of climate change and strategies to build adaptation and mitigation processes.
It will also showcase the One Ocean Hub research on climate change impacts and building adaptation and resilience that is built on existing networks in some of our focus countries.
The One Ocean Hub adopts inter- and trans-disciplinarity. We work with stakeholders and experts from varied disciplines including:
- marine science
The One Ocean Hub tools and technology to support ecosystem mapping and sustainable fisheries, for example, have been developed across marine and social sciences.
- 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.
India event: MoES-UKRI COP26 partnership event: sustainable and climate adaptation and resilience: local leadership for a global goal
29 September, 14:00 to 17:30 (IST), 09:30 to 13:00 (BST)
The event is co-hosted by India’s Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) and UKRI.
In line with other workshops in the series, the India-UKRI workshop aims to identify solutions for locally led, but globally connected, climate adaptation and resilience research funding and practice that enables sustainable and inclusive development in the face of climate change.
The event will engage decision makers, local researchers, and practitioners in interactive conversations and help to inform a high-profile local adaptation and resilience research strategy.
India’s Principal Scientific Advisor Prof K Vijay Raghavan will deliver a high-level statement outlining India’s commitment to partner with the UK on climate change adaptation and resilience research.
This will be followed by a cross-Government of India panel that will explore the gaps, feasibility and opportunities for adaptation and resilience research.
Finally, there will be (by special invitation only) thematic, interactive breakout sessions that will further explore the scope for climate change adaptation research from the perspectives of multi-hazards, food, water, energy and health.
Discussions held at this workshop will contribute towards a co-produced message to be presented at COP26 later this year. A report from the workshop will also serve as a resource to help shape the future of MoES-UKRI partnerships in climate change research.
A link to register to attend the event will be provided shortly.
Philippines event: Building science-based climate change adaptive and disaster resilient nation
Tuesday 19 October
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST-Philippines) and UKRI will be co-hosting a webinar on 19 October 2021 (15:00, Manila Time / 08:00, London Time) with the theme of ‘building science-based climate change adaptive and disaster resilient nation’.
The virtual event will bring together partners from both Philippines and UK, global communities, researchers, and policymakers to showcase relevant research in the Philippines and support solution-driven discussions.