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Climate Change Talks

January 31, 2019

IDRC has been supporting research, building capacities, and developing strategic partnerships worldwide for more than a decade in order to find innovative solutions for climate change adaptation. The Centre’s investments in climate research directly benefit the world’s most vulnerable people by helping communities become more resilient in the face of climate change, better prepare for extreme weather events, and develop the right adaptation tools to cope with an uncertain future.

Climate Change Talks is a free bi-weekly podcast that shares unique insights and perspectives from leading climate change and development researchers and practitioners.

Nitya Rao and Daniel Morchain

Structural power, gender, and climate change – Part 3: gender dynamics within an ever-changing context

Nitya Rao is professor of gender and development at the University of East Anglia and Daniel Morchain is the senior advisor of resilience and climate change adaptation for Oxfam Great Britain. In this last installment of the series they discuss the link between social, climatic, environmental, and economic challenges in water-stressed environments like the semi-arid regions, with a particular focus on gender dynamics within an ever-changing context.

Amina Maharjan

Structural power, gender, and climate change - Part 2: Migration

Amina Maharjan is the livelihoods specialist on migration for the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (or ICIMOD), in Nepal. She discusses the link between migration, climate change, and power relations.

Maureen Miruka

Structural power, gender, and climate change - Part 1: Agriculture

Maureen Miruka is the director of agriculture and market systems for CARE USA. She discusses some of the challenges and opportunities that specifically affect power relations and social norms in agriculture, and how she has addressed them throughout her work.

Gonzalo Lizarralde

Supporting adaptation initiatives in local communities

Gonzalo Lizarralde is professor at the Université de Montréal’s School of Architecture. He discusses the best approaches to adapt vulnerable informal settlements to climate change, particularly those in Latin America and the Caribbean. Other topics of discussion include the role of women in the process of climate adaptation, as well as the need to support bottom-up, sustainable initiatives.

Ken De Souza

Climate change hotspots and "Research Into Use"

Ken de Souza is a research manager for the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID). He is also responsible for the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA), a DfID/IDRC partnership that aims to build resilience to the effects of climate change in Africa and Asia. De Souza discusses the hotspot approach and “Research Into Use”, two key aspects of the CARIAA program.

David Wei

Enhancing private sector engagement on climate change adaptation

Private sector involvement in climate change adaptation is widely regarded as a critical step to scale up access to resources. In collaboration with IDRC, David Wei leads Business for Social Responsibility’s (BSR) climate practice. BSR aims to enhance the range of investment choices available to the private sector to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support climate compatible development.

Sophia Huyer

Gender sensitive climate smart agriculture in Latin America

Sophia Huyer is the gender and social inclusion research leader of the CGIAR Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Program (CCAFS) and she is director of Women in Global Science and Technology. Here she discusses CCAFS’ work on gender and climate smart agriculture, the program’s collaboration with IDRC, and she highlights results of work conducted in Latin America.