African Development Bank / Alliance for Global Water Adaptation / Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre / Stockholm International Water Institute / Women Engage for a Common Future

Equity in Climate Change Adaptation (1/3)

Sunday 25 August | 11.00-12.30 | Room: M3
Susanna Starck, SIWI

Inequity in climate change adaptation - who are most vulnerable?

Impacts from climate change pose many challenges to water and sanitation development and management. Evidence shows that poor and ethnic minorities are both highly exposed to climate extremes and often have lower adaptive capacity. This duality adds a dimension of vulnerability to groups already facing many other challenges. If poorly undertaken, adaptation processes can potentially exacerbate inequalities, causing maladaptation.

Equity in Climate Change Adaptation is a three-part seminar that aims to contribute to efforts to mainstream equitable climate adaptation that reduces water related vulnerabilities for all. We will focus on identifying the determinants that constrain or enhance equitable adaptation and vulnerability reduction. How can adaptation strategies be more inclusive and enhance the adaptive capacity of the most vulnerable?

This session is the first of three that will set the agenda for the rest of the day and through to World Water Week 2020 – where climate change will be the focal point of the conference. Here, we want to get at the essence of what equity means in the context of climate change adaptation. Who are the most vulnerable? Why? How do we identify and engage the most vulnerable in our adaptation efforts?

Gold standard events are committed to ensure the gender balance in speakers/panellists and young professional representation in the session.

Programme

Inequity in climate change adaptation - who are the most vulnerable?

This session is the first of three that will set the agenda for the rest of the day and through to World Water Week 2020 – where climate change will be the focal point of the conference. Here, we want to get at the essence of what equity means in the context of climate change adaptation. Who are the most vulnerable? Why? How do we identify and engage the most vulnerable in our adaptation efforts?

11:00 Welcome and introduction
Session chair Prof Guillermo Donoso, Water Law and Economics Centre, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile 

11:05 Equity in Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Resilience
Hans Guttman, Executive Director, ADPC 

11:20 Keynote address
Verena Demmelbauer, WECF 

11:35 Panel discussion
Moderator: Dr John Matthews, Executive Director, AGWA 
Juana Rosa Vera-Delgado, Global Forest Coalition  
Caroline Brown, Pegasys Strategy and Development 
Caroline King, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology 

12:25 Closing remarks from the chair
Prof Guillermo Donoso 

12:30 End of session