RT 4 Joining forces: tackling adaptation, alleviate poverty and inequalities

Wednesday 11 May, 13.30 – 15.15, Town Hall

The effects of climate change are increasing and unevenly distributed, hitting poor countries and people disproportionally. Following Paris, billions of dollars will be invested every year in adaptation. From a moral and humanitarian point of view one of the major challenges is investing in adaptation and development while reducing poverty and in-equity. There also proves to be a clear cost of inaction in this respect, urging governmental attention. Which approaches do we need and how can different actors join forces? That is the debate in this roundtable, enriched with reflections from the World Bank, Bhutan, Ethiopia, OECD and the EU.

Organised by Willem Ligtvoet, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, the Netherlands
Pieter Terpstra, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands
Partners The World Bank,  OECD, EC/DG DEVCO
Chair Heather McGray, World Resources Institute
Rapporteurs Willem Ligtvoet, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, the Netherlands
Pieter Terpstra, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands
Presentations

Setting the scene – climate change adaptation, poverty and inequity
Stéphane Hallegatte, The World Bank

Pitch: Adaptation and in-equity in Bhutan
Pema Tenzin, Programme leader, Gross National Happiness Commission, Bhutan

Pitch: Adaptation in practice: women farmers in Tanzania
Siti Bakar Makame, Agricultural Officer, Community Forests International, Tanzania

Pitch: Poverty and inequity: the costs of in-action
Aziza Akhmouch, Head of the Water Governance Programme, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Pitch: How the EC supports developing countries to tackle climate change impacts, poverty and inequalities
Marjeta Jager, Deputy Director General Directorate-General International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO), European Commission

Panel

Stéphane Hallegatte, The World Bank, USA
Pema Tenzin, Gross National Happiness Commission, Bhutan
Siti Bakar Makame, Community Forsts International, Tanzania
Aziza Akhmouch, Head of the Water Governance Programme, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Marjeta Jager, Deputy Director General Directorate-General International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO), European Commission

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