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Key Reviews on Climate Change:
Climate Policy:
  • Earth Negotiations Bulletins (ENB, IISD) of the 26th Meeting of the Subsidiary Bodies to the UNFCCC (SB 26) in Bonn, Germany, May 7-18, 2007

Workshops:
  • Climate Change and Development in Africa, Oxford University, Oxford, 12 March, 2007. As part of the Tyndall work program, the Oxford Centre of the Environment organized this workshop to debate effective development in Africa under changing climate conditions. In this context, participants discussed how research efforts could be better aligned with information needs of development practitioners. See link for workshop summary and presentations.
  • Sharing Climate Adaptation Tools, Geneva, 11-12 April, 2007. Jointly organized by IISD, the World Bank and IDS, the workshop brought together groups from development agencies, academia and NGOs, which are engaged in the development of screening methodologies and tools for assessing climate risks and vulnerabilities met for an information exchange in Geneva. See link for presentations.
Adaptation Tools Workshop Report April 2007fin.pdf

Publications:
  • Scientific Expert Group (SEG), 2007: Confronting Climate Change: Avoiding the unmanageable and managing the unavoidable. Report prepared for the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development. Sigma Xi, Research Triangle, NC, and the United Nations Foundation, Washington, DC, 144 pp.
  • Tyndall Working Paper on Portfolio Screening to support the mainstreaming of adaptation to climate change in development assistance (Klein et al. 2007).
  • Climate Risk Management in Africa: Learning from Practice (2007) by the Climate Society Team of IRI, Columbia University. Publication
  • Changes in Extreme Weather in Africa under Global Warming by the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute
--> For further information on the publication go to Climate Change in Africa. This links also to valuable data.
  • On better terms: A Glance at Key Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Concepts Consultation Version 2006. A product of the Working Group on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction of the Interagency Task Force for Disaster Reduction. United Nations, Geneva.

VARG Events:
Linking Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management for Sustainable Poverty Reduction
VARG Workshop held at UN-ISDR, Geneva, October 2-4, 2006
In its current work program VARG focuses on the inter-linkages between disaster risk management and adaptation to climate change. With funding from the EC three case studies were carried out in Vietnam, Kenya and Mexico. Anchored in the findings of these studies, the VARG workshop brought together more than 50 participants from bi- and multilateral agencies, representatives from Kenya, Mexico and Vietnam, the private sector, NGOs and regional disaster risk management and climate change experts, and academics to identify opportunities and barriers to managing current and future climate risks as well as entry points for action. The workshop was hosted by UN-ISDR and supported by DFID, DGIS, GTZ, OECD and SIDA.

Agenda: VARGworkshop-Oct2-4_Agenda.doc Meeting Summary:VARG workshop Geneva 2006 Summary.doc

Presentations (according to agenda topics)

Overview:Overview-DRM&CCAdaptation FS-VARG.ppt

Country Studies:

Mexico.pptVietnamKenya.pptSynthesis: Country Studies Synthesis.ppt

Perspectives from Donor Agencies:

Prespectives-Present1-WB.pptPerspectives-Present2 OECD.pptPerspectives-Present3-SIDA.ppt

1. Discussion Session: Data and Information
MD-UNDP.pptAD-WMO.ppt

2. Discussion Session: Capacity Building and Coordination

UNISDR.pptFV-UNFCCC.pptADPC-ARS.pptDKKV-GT.ppt

3. Discussion Session: Financing and Engagement of the Private Sector
FS_VARG WB.pptRZ_ECLAC.pptXL DFID.pptCU-SwissRe.ppt

Disclaimer: The messages presented here do not necessarily represent official opinions and hence should not be attributed to any organizations nor considered policy positions. The view points outlined here are solely intended for discussion with the goal of contributing to the understanding on how current and future climate risks can be addressed within the broader development context.

Related VARG events:
  • SB-22: VARG Side Event: Disaster Risk Management in a Changing Climate; Bonn, Germany, May 19, 2005

SB22 DRM&CC side event Summary.doc Presentation: DRM&CC-VARG-FNS-SB22_Presentation.ppt
  • World Conference on Disaster Reduction: Thematic Session; Kobe, Japan, January

WCDR-report-session-1-7.pdf

Reports
VARG Discussion Paper "Disaster Risk Management in a Changing Climate" (Sperling F. & F. Szkeley, 2005):
DRM&ClimateChange_FNS&FS-VARG.pdf DRM&CC-FNS-FS_ 2005 full.pdf(updated version with addendum on the outcomes of WCDR)

Further Reading:
UNDP report Reducing Disaster Risk: A Challenge to Development provides a comprehensive global analysis of natural disasters over the past decades in the context of development. The report and further background information can be obtained at http://www.undp.org/bcpr/disred/rdr.htm