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Stories from an interconnected world

Delve into stories about how climate risk crosses borders - and what that means for climate adaptation and international cooperation.
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Published on 9 November 2021

How climate risk connects the world

The impacts of climate change do not stop at national borders, instead crossing them along several pathways. That’s what what we call transboundary climate risk (TCR). Transboundary climate risk can have vast effects on everything from international trade and supply chains to capital flows, human mobility and natural resources shared between countries. Likewise, governments implementing policy measures to adapt to climate impacts can have effects far beyond the jurisdiction of the governments that enacted them.

The Adaptation Without Borders partnership seeks to build global resilience to transboundary climate risk and describes this risk as “the possible outcomes or consequences of climate-related hazards and change and/or adaptation responses. Transboundary climate risks are climate risks that cross national borders”.

Of corn, glacial lakes and coffee

Our narratives take a closer look at how transboundary climate risk is triggered and how it spreads and propagates across borders. What challenges and opportunities does this create for climate adaptation and enhanced international cooperation? Read the case studies to find out.



Katy Harris
Katy Harris

Senior Policy Fellow

SEI Headquarters

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Magnus Benzie

Senior Research Fellow

SEI Oxford

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