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Understanding transboundary climate risks: the need for global adaptation

The world’s economies, societies and ecosystems are deeply interconnected, and climate shocks can cascade across countries and continents, sectors and systems. This webinar will discuss key findings from Adaptation Without Borders‘ first flagship report.

20 April 2023 at 11:00 CEST

ending at 13:00 CEST

Sweden and Online

The report provides new evidence on ten transboundary climate risks of global importance that affect critical sectors and regions: from water resources in high mountain environments, to fish stocks in the open ocean, industrial supply chains, and energy and global finance systems, as well as human health, livelihoods, mobility patterns, and physical and mental well-being.

Authors of four chapters (on terrestrial resources, energy, finance and livelihoods) will set the scene for a discussion on the policy implications of these systemic risks, and on the need for global cooperation on adaptation.

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Watch the recording of the launch event. Video: IDDRI / YouTube


Moderator: Richard J.T. Klein, Senior Research Fellow, SEI, Sweden

11:00–11:15 Introduction and Presentation of the 2023 Global Transboundary Climate Risks Report

  • Katy Harris, Senior Policy Fellow, SEI, Sweden
  • Ariadna Anisimov, Research Fellow, Institute of Development Policy, University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • Alexandre Magnan, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations, France

11:15–11:45 Four Chapters

Shared River Corridors in Mountain Regions: The Case of the Hindu Kush Himalaya

  • Jakob Steiner, Fellow Himalayan University Consortium (HUC/ICIMOD), Nepal, and University of Graz, Austria

Interconnected Energy Systems: Tropical Cyclones on the East Coast of Africa

  • Jinsun Lim, Policy Analyst, International Energy Agency

Transboundary Climate Risks and Health: A Deep Dive on Infectious Diseases

  • Kristine Belesova, Senior Lecturer in Global Population Health, Imperial College London

Cross Border Risks to Livelihoods

  • Sarah Opitz Stapleton, Research Associate, Overseas Development Institute, UK

11:45–12:15 Q&A

12:15–12:35 Perspectives from Policy and Practice

  • H.E. Aminath Shauna, Maldives’ Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Technology (video)
  • Saleemul Huq, Director, International Centre for Climate Change and Development, Bangladesh

12:35–12:55 Q&A

12:55–13:00 Conclusion

  • Katy Harris, Senior Policy Fellow, SEI, Sweden
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Aerial view of dyke, salt marsh and coastline, Netherlands.

Aerial view of dyke, salt marsh and coastline, Netherlands. Photo: ollo / Getty Images.

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Katy Harris
Katy Harris

Senior Policy Fellow

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