Article / 08 May, 2018
Boosting Resilience to Climate Impacts in Communities and Ecosystems – Expert Meeting in Bonn

UN Climate Change News, 8 May 2018 - In an effort to step up action to increase resilience to climate change impacts such as floods or droughts, experts and governments are convening 9 and 10 May in Bonn to discuss how successful adaptation in communities and ecosystems can be scaled up and replicated.

The gathering is taking place during the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn (to 10 May) as part of the so-called Technical Expert Meetings on Adaptation. It aims to pave the way for global policies, practices and investments to be translated into policy options and actions that meet the needs of vulnerable communities, groups and ecosystems.  The meeting is being convened in a collaborative manner, drawing from leading organizations in their respective fields.

The event is a great opportunity for non-party stakeholders such as intergovernmental organisations, businesses, indigenous communities, practitioners at sub- national level and other actors to provide input to these important topics. Cooperation and inclusiveness are essential to increasing resilience.

At the event called “Adaptation Planning for Vulnerable Communities, Groups and Ecosystems”, experts and governments together will discuss successful adaptation examples that show good practices, approaches and experiences of local adaptation planning that benefit vulnerable communities, groups and ecosystems. They will also discuss how these contribute to national policies and how such good practices can reach scale. 

In multiple sessions, experts and governments will zoom in on specific topics around vulnerable communities and ecosystems that help in adapting to climate change. These includes the effective management of ecosystems, meaningful capacity strengthening and engagement of local and community representatives in decision-making processes, identifying adaptation technologies and mobilizing resources.

Given that women tend to be disproportionately affected by climate change while playing a huge role in food production especially in developing countries, one session will specifically focus on building adaptive capacity of women.

All sessions will produce a set of recommendations to boost support for respecting areas and actions, ease the move from planning to implementation and increase coordination between the national and local levels, amongst others.

In conjunction with the event, a Facebook Live event on “Boosting resilience for the most vulnerable” will take place on Thursday, 12.30 CEST on the UNFCCC Facebook account.

See here for more details about the meeting