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Webinar: Adapting to extremes — exploring the challenges of the new decade

On 12 May, PLACARD hosted an event that took stock of current collaboration between climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR), showcasing success stories and diving into what is not going so well.

12 May 2020 at 14:00 CET

ending at 16:00 CET

Event contact

Kevin M. Adams


Background to the event

One of the more foreseeable consequences of climate change is an increased incidence and intensity of extreme events. The Global Risk Report, published in 2019 by the World Economic Forum, ranks extreme weather events and failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation as the first two risks to society most likely to happen in the next 10 years. Reducing such risks requires different societal sectors to align strategies and forge effective collaborations in this new decade, and make significant progress to achieve 2030’s targets of the three international agreements signed in 2015: Paris, Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Although the last five years marked significant efforts to enhance the coherence, coordination and communication between the CCA and DRR communities, still overlaps remain, as both aim to reduce negative impacts of climate change and disasters, respectively, on the natural environment, human society and economies, by anticipating risks and uncertainties, and addressing vulnerabilities.

As we enter a new and decisive decade, Europe begins a new scientific and policy cycle. The launch of the European Green Deal, the next EU research and innovation framework programme Horizon Europe, with a specific Mission on adaptation to climate change, and the future adoption of a new EU strategy on adaptation to climate change provide new opportunities for collaboration and the development of innovative solutions to respond to society’s challenges.

Within this context, the main purpose of our virtual conference was to explore opportunities for collaboration between climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction for the next decade with regard to policy, research and practical actions.


  • 13:45 – Short technical tutorial
  • 14:00 – Welcome
  • 14:10 – Participant introductions
    • Introductory activity promoting a short dynamic interaction of the participants creating an opportunity for people to meet each other and understand who the other participants are.
  • 14:20 – Stocktaking of current collaboration between CCA & DRR: successes and shortcomings
    • Five years into the Paris Agreement and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, major developments for CCA and DRR can be observed. In this first part of the conference, we will hear about how the collaboration and coherence between these communities has evolved at several levels and how it can go on:
      • Policy landscape
      • Needs and opportunities
      • Success stories of CCA and DRR integration in research, policy and practice
  • 15:00 – Break
  • 15:10 – Looking forward
    • Debate and the dialogue on several themes, namely (TBC):
      • European Green Deal
      • Climate Services
      • Narratives and communication for behavioural change
      • Foresight
      • Nature-based solutions
      • Education
      • Knowledge management
  • 15:45–16:00 – Recap and closing

About the Organizers

PLACARD (PLAtform for Climate Adaptation and Risk reDuction) is a platform for dialogue, knowledge exchange and collaboration between the Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) communities. The project is funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Framework programme. Program partners include:

Richard J.T. Klein
Richard J. T. Klein

Team Leader: International Climate Risk and Adaptation; Senior Research Fellow

SEI Headquarters

Sara Talebian
Sara Talebian

Research Associate

SEI Headquarters

Sukaina Bharwani

Senior Research Fellow and weADAPT Director

SEI Oxford

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Julia Barrott

Impact and Learning Officer

Global Operations

SEI Oxford

Karen Brandon
Karen Brandon

Senior Communications Officer and Editor


SEI Oxford

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