MCII at Adaptation Futures 2018
Wednesday, 20 June 2018 | 09:15 - 11:00 | Applications of earth observation data for risk management and resilience building

Applications of earth observation data for risk management and resilience building

ORGANISER/S

  • Laura Canevari, Acclimatise
  • PARTNER INSTITUTION/S Group on Earth Observations (GEO), Switzerland
  • NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, United States of America
  • Space4Climate, United Kingdom

 

CHAIR

Mmboneni Muofhe, GEO, South Africa Mmboneni Muofhe, GEO Co-chair and Head of South Africa’s Delegation to GEO, South Africa

RAPPORTEUR

Briony Turner, Space4Climate, Institute for Environmental Analytics, UK

SESSION SUMMARY

Engaging a variety of climate data providers and users interested in the use of Earth Observation (EO) data to strengthen and develop climate services, the session will encourage participants to discuss the potential of using existing and emerging earth observation data in combination with other types of data (e.g. socioeconomic). Data providers, as well as current users and emerging EO data users will participate in the discussion to ensure a range of different viewpoints. A key objective for the session is to promote the interaction between data providers and data users and to uncover challenges and enabling factors for data use to support climate resilience building.

PRESENTATIONS

  • Yana Gevorgyan, [NOAA/GEO] Improving Food Security with Earth Observations: GEO Global Agriculture Monitoring Initiative (GEOGLAM)
  • Krishna Malakar, [IDP in Climate Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India] Understanding factors associated with weather warning responses in marine fishermen
  • Shona Paterson, [Future Earth Coasts] How can Earth Observation Data support sustainable development in the Caribbean?
  • Neuni Farhad, [C40] Using Earth Observation Tools for Cities: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Madhuri Gotety, [Aalborg University] Identification and Classification of Coastal Towns and Cities: Prioritising the implementation of Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Initiatives in Denmark Angelica
  • Nardo Caseri, [Cemaden] Probabilistic rainfall nowcasting warning system for flash flood risk management
  • John Firth [Acclimatise] Earth observation: Supporting strategic climate resilience building in financial services
  • Briony Turner [Space4Climate] Climate Data Store: authoritative hub of climate information for understanding past and future impact of climate change across a variety of market sectors.
  • Sönke Kreft, [UNU] Applying the ECA approach to climate insurance
  • John Firth [Acclimatise] How best to engage potential users with National Centers for Environmental Information’s (NCEI) climate and weather data
  • Beth Greenaway [Wind Storm Information Service (WISC)] Enhancing the insurance sector’s understanding of the nature of windstorms over the European continent.

 

PANELLISTS/ FACILITATORS

  • Yana Gevorgyan, NOAA/GEO, U.S. Yana Gevorgyan is a Senior International Relations Specialist at U.S. NOAA Satellite and Information Service. Ms. Gevorgyan manages the participation of the United States government in the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO). She coauthored the GEO Strategic Plan for 2016-2025: Implementing GEOSS and provides thought leadership in the development of action plans to implement GEO’s strategic objectives.
  • Geoff Busswell, MRAeS, FRAS, Telespazio VEGA UK Ltd Geoff has a PhD in Astrophysics and his career in the space sector spans CGI, the Satellite Applications Catapult and Telespazio. In 2015 Geoff joined Telespazio VEGA UK where he is of Head of Sales & Marketing for their Satellite Systems & Operations Business Unit. Geoff has since built a leading European company position in using satellite solutions for the climate change marketplace across sectors such as agriculture, maritime and insurance.
  • Laura Canevari, Acclimatise, U.K. Laura has extensive experience consulting on and researching climate change risks and adaptation opportunities in the private sector. As business development and market analyst associate, Laura’s main objective is to align the company´s climate services to the needs of clients, in particular financial institutions.
  • Beth Greenaway, UK Space Agency, U.K. Beth Greenaway is Head of Earth Observation and Climate at the UK Space Agency where she leads on Earth Observation policy, strategy and funding. Beth devised the UK Environmental Observation Framework and was fundamental to production of the Data Sharing Action Plan through the GEO Data Sharing Working Group. Beth brings a broad knowledge and enthusiasm for the whole Earth Observation system, facilitating growth and innovation and solutions to societal issues.
  • Tegan Blaine, USAID, U.S. Tegan Blaine is a Senior Climate Change Advisor at USAID, where she provides strategic thinking and technical analysis on climate change for the Africa region. Prior, she worked at McKinsey and the U.S. Department of State. Tegan has a Ph.D. in climate from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. She also taught math and physics in Tanzania.

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Wednesday, 20 June 2018 | 14:15 - 16:00 | Building climate resilient pathways for Sustainable Development: The role of integrated climate risk management and transfer

Building climate resilient pathways for Sustainable Development: The role of integrated climate risk management and transfer

ORGANISER/S

Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII)

PARTNER INSTITUTION/S

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Germany, Ghana, Morocco and China

CHAIR

Soenke Kreft, MCII

FACILITATOR

Kehinde Balogun, MCII

SESSION SUMMARY

In 2015, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted. It represents a transformational vision that aims to establish a world free from poverty, hunger and diseases. In the same year, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction included financial risk-sharing mechanisms in its resolution. The Paris agreement (UNFCCC COP21) also featured insurance-related approaches by recognizing the role of risk transfer in building resilience, which can play a role in helping countries reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In particular, SDG 1: Ending poverty everywhere, SDG 8: Promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, and SDG 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change, and in a more indirect role SDG 9: Building resilient infrastructure and SDG 17: Strengthen the means of implementation. However, insurance is not a stand-alone approach, and needs to be embedded in the broader adaptation plan of vulnerable countries. In addition, poorly designed and/or implemented climate insurance may reduce incentives for risk reduction thus increasing moral hazard and potentially lowering resilience and hampering SDGs achievement. Insurance products therefore need continuous evaluation based on appropriate resilience indicators. The session aims to present case studies on integrated climate risk management from Ghana, Morocco, China and Barbados with an interactive Q&A. The session will close with a presentation on a method for evaluating the actual impact of insurance on people’s resilience using appropriate indicators.

Presentations

  • Matthias Range, [Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)]  Overview: Climate change, SDGs and risk transfer
  • Foster Gyamfi, [Ministry of Finance, Ghana] Climate Insurance Solutions for Sustainable Development – Agricultural Insurance in Ghana
  • Meshia Clarke, [Barbados Renewable Energy Association (BREA)] Applying Integrated Disaster and Climate Risk Management on Renewable Energy in Barbados
  • Handuo Cai, [Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)] China Enhancing Urban Climate Resilience in China through Integrated Climate Risk Management and Risk Transfer Solutions
  • Hicham Ezzine, [Réseau Entreprises Climat + University Mohammed V of Rabat] Increasing resilience of SMEs and their value chain using Climate risk insurance in Morocco
  • Catherine Simonet, [Overseas Development Institute (ODI)] Layering and tailoring financial services for strengthening resilience to livelihood risks: Experience from Kenya, Ethiopia, Senegal and Nepal
  • Soenke Kreft, [MCII] Evidence on CRI and Resilience

PANELLISTS/ FACILITATORS

  • Kehinde Balogun, Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII), Germany. Ms. Balogun holds a Master’s degree in Disaster Risk Management from the University of the Free State, South Africa, and a Bachelor degree in Business Management from the National University of Lesotho. She currently works for MCII at the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) in Germany.
  • Foster Gyamfi, Ministry of Finance, Ghana Foster Aboagye Gyamfi is a Senior Economic Officer at the Ministry of Finance, Ghana with over a decade expertise in Finance covering areas such global climate change financing and microfinance. He holds an MA in International Development and Corporation and a MSc in Business Administration, Finance option from Korea University and Sikkim Manipal University respectively.
  • Meshia Clarke, Barbados Renewable Energy Association (BREA), Barbados Meshia is a trade specialist with a focus on NGO Development and Association Building. Most recently she has worked towards the development of Barbados’s first National Energy Policy 2017-2037 and the creation of the Electricity Market Study. She is also the Executive Director of the Barbados Renewable Energy Association (BREA).
  • Handuo Cai, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), China Handuo is a Technical Advisor for GIZ China, responsible for technical and organizational implementation of the Alliance of Risk Transfer Solutions in China and Advancing Climate Risk Insurance Plus (ACRI+). They support the National Strategy of Climate Change in China, on which Handuo has been working for over 8 years.
  • Hicham Ezzine, Réseau Entreprises Climat + University Mohammed V of Rabat, Morocco Dr. Ezzine has a background in engineering and remote sensing, with more than 18 years of experience in natural hazards modelling and disaster reduction. He was Chief Engineer at the Royal Center of Remote Sensing Space (Rabat, Morocco) and has carried out several missions for the UN, international cooperation institutions, and different Ministries in Morocco. Catherine Simonet, Overseas Development Institute (ODI), UK
  • Catherine Simonet is a Research Fellow on Risk and Resilience at ODI. She is a Development Economist with research interests in climate change adaptation, vulnerability and resilience. Her work focuses on adaptation in LDCs and marginalised places and the impact of shocks on economic development and vulnerability.
  • Soenke Kreft, Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII), Germany Mr. Soenke Kreft leads MCII’s work on both feeding back insurancerelated expertise into international policy making processes, as well as continuing the implementation of innovative ideas on how to make climate risk insurance work for poor and vulnerable people at risk from climate change.
  • Matthias Range, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Matthias Range has 13 years expertise in strategic planning and implementation of various projects in the area of financial system development and in political dialogue gained with GIZ. This was prepared by an MBA in Germany and Singapore. He heads the think tank Advancing Climate Risk Insurance Plus and runs several public private partnerships with European (re)insurance companies.

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Thursday, 21 June 2018 | 09:15 - 11:00 | Advance effectiveness and unleash potential of integrated adaptation: leveraging EbA

Advance effectiveness and unleash potential of integrated adaptation: leveraging EbA

ORGANISER/S

Jesse Renema, Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation (GCECA)

CHAIR

John Firth, Acclimatise Group Ltd.

RAPPORTEUR

Sebastiaan van Herk, Bax and Company development and agenda setting programme with the Least Developed Countries group on climate-induced Loss and Damage which in turn provided the rational to launch G7 InsuResilience.

SESSION SUMMARY

This session aims to advance effectiveness and unleash potential of integrated adaptation through sharing examples of ecosystembased adaptation in different context. The focus is on south-to-south and south-to-north learning, as well as increased recognition by broader stakeholder groups. This will be used as a stepping stone to integrate into GCECA’s thematic group ‘Scaling up Ecosystem Based Adaptation’.

PRESENTATIONS

  • Nand Agrawal, [ICIMOD] Women smallholders in Himalayas
  • Nadia Bood, [WWF] Meso American Reef case study in Belize
  • Jessica Kavonic, [ICLEI] Urban Natural Assets for Africa: Rivers for Life

 

PANELLISTS/ FACILITATORS

  • Christiaan Wallet, GCECA Christiaan Wallet is founder and current Operations Director of the Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation. He is based at GCECA’s office in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Previously Christiaan was project manager for the 2016 Adaptation Futures conference.
  • Saliha Dobardzic, Adaptation Fund Saliha Dobardzic is Senior Climate Change Specialist with the Adaptation Fund. Prior to this position, she was a Senior Climate Change Specialist with the Global Environment Facility’s climate change adaptation program, namely the Least Developed Countries Fund and Special Climate Change Fund, where she was involved in strategic, technical, and policy aspects of the $1.4 billion program portfolio. Previously, Saliha worked on environmental, international waters, and integrated coastal zone management issues with the World Bank’s MENA region.
  • Soenke Kreft, MCII Soenke Kreft is Executive Director of the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative. He is a forerunner in international climate policy, having lead the Climate Policy Team at the German NGO Germanwatch for the past 3 years, which allowed him to provide major inputs to the Paris Agreement (UNFCCC) and also contribute to other initiatives, such as the G7 InsuResilience. Soenke has been familiar with MCII for many years and participated in the initiation of the first phase of MCII’s project “Climate Risk Adaptation and Insurance in the Caribbean” in 2011, and was responsible for a large capacity
  • Luc Gnacadja, LoCAL UNCDF Luc GNACADJA, architect by profession, founder and President of the think-tank GPS-Dev (Governance & Policies for Sustainable Development), is a former minister of environment of Benin and the immediate past Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Desertification. In this latter capacity, he has been the architect of the concept of “Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN)” in the Rio+20 process, now reflected as SDG target 15.03. He is a recipient of the World Bank’s Green Award (2002).
  • Lynn Scarlett, TNC Former Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Lynn Scarlett is Co-Chief External Affairs Officer at The Nature Conservancy and the Global Climate Strategy Lead. In this role, Scarlett directs all policy in the United States and the 70 countries in which TNC operates and oversees TNC’s climate policy and communications. Scarlett also served at Interior as the Acting Secretary of the Interior in 2006.

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