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Building a more resilient tomorrow: IDRC at Adaptation Futures Conference 2021

September 28, 2021
IDRC staff, partners, and grantees are participating in sessions at the Sixth Adaptation Futures Conference, the premier international conference devoted entirely to climate-change adaptation, taking place this year in New Delhi, India, from October 5-8.
Squatter settlements in Tuvalu, built at the edge of a flooded stagnant tidal pool during a high spring tide.
Jocelyn Carlin|PANOS

IDRC is a proud sponsor of the biennial Adaptation Futures Conference, convened under the auspices of the United Nations. IDRC’s support and engagement at past conferences have been critical in broadening the participation of researchers from the Global South.  

Looking ahead, Canada will be hosting the seventh edition of Adaptation Futures in Montreal in 2023 — a critical year that will also see the beginning of a new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessment cycle and the first global stock-taking under the Paris Agreement. IDRC is already supporting work to redesign Adaptation Futures to enable more meaningful engagement from the Global South, to better replicate the capacity-strengthening and professional-networking benefits of in-person gatherings, and to reduce the carbon footprint of such gatherings.  

IDRC and partner sessions at the Sixth Adaptation Futures Conference 

Tuesday, October 5 

11:30-13:00 IST 
Managing Heat Stress in South Asia

This session shares lessons on potential adaptative measures, methodology and approaches to address the impact of extreme heat on health, work productivity and livelihoods of vulnerable population. 

11:30-13:00 IST 
Building networks for nature-based solutions for fragile mountain ecosystems 

This session will unpack case studies highlighting nature-based solutions for different sectors from various mountain regions worldwide. 

15:00-16:30 IST 
Climate-change adaptation as a critical approach to minimizing disaster risk: Insights from the field 

This session explores the differences in the understanding and practice of disaster risk reduction and adaptation in the Global South. 

16:30-18:00 IST 
Approaches and capacities for knowledge brokering for climate resilience in the Global South

This session shares lessons on the capacities needed to support effective knowledge brokering in the Global South in the context of COVID-19.  

16:30-18:00 IST 
Managing climate risk and financing adaptation: Emerging lessons from adaptation finance research in the Global South 

This session looks at existing international adaptation finance tools, analyses what lessons can be drawn about their effectiveness, and considers various climate insurance products in Pakistan, Thailand, and the Philippines as an adaptation finance option. 


Wednesday, October 6 

14:30-16:00 IST 
Financing investment in the Global South for a climate-resilient society 

This session aims to generate lessons for the design of innovative mechanisms to strengthen the flow of adaptation finance at multiple scales. 

17:30-19:00 IST 
PLENARY: Raising ambition and accelerating adaptation action 

Hosting women climate leaders from the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, the European Commission, UNEP, UNFCCC, CDC Group, and more, this session looks at the increasing urgency to accelerate climate-change adaptation action across the globe.  

19:00-20:30 IST 
The social lottery: Beating the odds to boost everyone’s climate resilience  

This session will showcase a new, innovative role-playing game developed by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network that enables participants to apply an intersectional lens to climate adaptation.  


Thursday, October 7 

19:00-20:30 IST 
Are we meeting the adaptation leadership challenge in the Global South? 

This session considers the unique leadership capacities required to advance adaptation and reflects on lessons learned from diverse climate-change leadership programs supported in the Global South.