We live in an interconnected world where the impacts of climate change in one country can have knock-on impacts on others. International trade, financial flows, movements of people and shared natural resources can all spread such effects, while the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the speed and severity that risk propagates throughout our globalized economy.

Adaptation science should support the policy community to adopt a transboundary lens to better manage the systemic nature of climate risk. And given that adaptation is not necessarily benign – it can redistribute vulnerability and create or magnify risk for others, especially across borders – we also need to apply a global outlook to our adaptation plans and actions.

This webinar will explore what transboundary climate risks are, the gaps in research agendas, and the implications for adaptation programming, policy and global governance. Discussions will revolve around why we need greater international collaboration on adaptation and the benefits this could realize.

This webinar is part of the WASP Science Policy Brief series convened to support researchers, policymakers and practitioners to further their knowledge and capacity and underpin effective adaptation to climate change. It is supported by Adaptation Without Borders , CASCADES, Mistra Geopolitics and Stockholm Environment Institute, and is co-hosted by TERI and World Adaptation Science Programme .


13:00–13:15: Introduction and opening remarks

  • Katy Harris, Director of Adaptation Without Borders

13:15–14:15: Presentations and panel discussions

Science for policy – an introduction to transboundary climate risk and the implications for adaptation

  • Magnus Benzie, Research Fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute

Future research agendas on transboundary climate risk, drawing on examples from the Asian context

  • Prabhakar Sivapuram Ventaka Rama Krishna, Research Manager at the Institute for Global Environmental Studies

The implications of cascading climate risks for global food security and for adaptation programming, drawing on the example of Tunisia

  • Hanne Knaepen, Policy Officer at the European Centre for Development Policy Management

The knowledge needs on transboundary climate risk from a UNFCCC perspective

  • Annett Möhner, Team Lead in the Adaptation Division of the Climate Change Secretariat of the UNFCCC

The implications of compound and systemic risk for governance, drawing on lessons from COVID 19

  • Reinhard Mechler, Lead of the Systemic Risk & Resilience group at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

14:15–14:45:  Q&A and discussion with the audience

14:45–15:00: Discussant reflections and closing remarks


  • Richard Klein, Senior Research Fellow at Stockholm Environment Institute and member of the Science Committee of the World Adaptation Science Programme

Closing remarks

  • Katy Harris, Director of Adaptation Without Borders

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