Fifth International Climate Change Adaptation Conference

Date: 19 June 2018

Time: 14.15 – 16.00

Venue: Cape Town International Conference Centre

City: Cape Town

Country: South Africa


Adaptation Committee: 2018 Adaptation Forum

“Integrating climate change adaptation with the SDGs and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction”

Adaptation Futures 2018, the fifth in the Adaptation Futures international conference series on global adaptation, was recently held in CT from 18 to 21 June. The conference aimed to facilitate dialogues for solutions between key actors from diverse perspectives and regions and attracted over 1300 scientists, practitioners, business leaders and policymakers from around the world. 183 sessions were held, including 160 innovative and participatory special sessions, designed and run by key stakeholder organisations.

The AC’s Adaptation Forum built on a technical expert meeting which was held in 2017, also on the topic of “Integrating climate change adaptation with the SDGs and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction”. Participants further elaborated on some of the key messages from the expert meeting, adding an additional perspective from the audience of the Adaptation Futures conference, including experts from the research, science and practitioners’ communities.



Rapporteur: Cecília da Silva Bernardo, Member, Adaptation Committee


Welcome, opening and framing of the Adaptation Forum

Moderator: Musonda Mumba

Overview of the work of the Adaptation Committee

Chair: Pilar Bueno, Co-Chair, UNFCCC Adaptation Committee

Video: Key messages on the topic of integrating adaptation with the SDGs and the Sendai framework on Disaster Risk Reduction


Case study presentation

  • Overarching guiding question

Ms. Aisha Khan, Civil Society Coalition for Climate Change (CSCCC)

Panel discussion:

Moderator and 3 panellists

  • Guiding question on capacity building

Panellist 1: Ms. Bettina Koelle, Red Cross and Red Crescent Climate Centre

  • Guiding question on data management and interpretation

Panellist 2: Mr. Tufa Dinku, Lead, Enhancing National Climate Services (ENACTS) initiative, International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI)
(Columbia University)

  • Guiding question on NAPs

Panellist 3: Mr. Raul Alfaro-Pelico, World Bank - Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR)

Moderated general discussion



Moderator, Chair


Concept Note,

Brief summery report