SP 6.1 Enhancing adaptation to changing extremes: showcasing standard operating procedures for forecastbased action from three continents

 Tuesday 10 May, 13.30 – 15.15, Penn Room I

Given increasing extremes with climate change, this session will convene a dialogue between scientists and practitioners on adaptation to reduce the impact of extreme events. Four pilot projects in Africa, Latin America, and Asia have successfully established triggers for risk-reducing actions using weather forecasts in advance of an actual disaster. In an interactive ‘marketplace’ format, project teams from the pilots will showcase learnings and instigate debate between participants on the concept of a ‘forecast-based financing system’. Offering the experiences from these pilots, we invite participants, both scientists and practitioners,  to discuss the challenges of receiving, translating and taking action from forecasts.

Organised by Erin Coughlan De Perez, Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre, the Netherlands
Elisabeth Stephens, Department of Geography and Environmental Science, University of Reading, United Kingdom
Andrew Kruczkiewicz, International Research Institute for Climate and Society, USA
Partners Red Cross (Peru, Mozambique, Uganda, Germany)
Bangladesh Red Crescent
Institute for Environmental Studies, VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Chair Erin Coughlan De Perez, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, the Netherlands
Rapporteur Catalina Jaime, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, the Netherlands
Presentations

Hydrological advances: the application of global models in data-scarce regions of Uganda
Elisabeth Stephens, University of Reading, United Kingdom

El Nino: triggering forecast-based action at several months’ lead time in Peru
Juan Bazo, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, Peru

Storm Watch: innovative actions for extensive cyclone preparedness In Mozambique
Flavio Monjane, Mozambique Red Cross, Mozambique

Risk modelling: tying forecasted flood levels with actual impact
Ahmadul Hassan, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, Bangladesh

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