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Addis Ababa: Managing the regional risks of climate extremes and disasters – learning from the IPCC Special Report


The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has spent the last two years preparing a Special Report entitled ‘Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters for Advancing Climate Change Adaptation’ (SREX). The Report’s Summary for Policy Makers was launched on the 18th November 2011, with the full report released in hard copy in March 2012.

The IPCC, the Overseas Development Institute, Norway’s Climate and Pollution Agency, Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network worked with local counterparts to support a programme of regional outreach events. These took place in cities around the world, between April and August 2012.

The goal of the event series was to publicise the findings of the Special Report to policy maker, practitioner and private sector audiences. The events aimed to improve access to and use of the latest science and social science information on changing disaster risks to better anticipate climate-related disasters and build resilience.

This event in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia included speakers from the IPCC and invited guests from the East African region. The event programme is available here.

Presentations from the event:

Dr. Joel Atuti, World Vision: perspectives from a community worker

David R. Easterling, IPCC Lead Author: climate extremes in East Africa and Africa

Dr. Balgis Osman Elasha, IPCC Coordinating Lead Author: local and national risk management options

Dr. Chris Field, IPCC WGII Co-Chair : key findings of the IPCC SREX report

Dr. Chris Field, IPCCWGII Co-Chair: responding to the IPCC SREX findings

Dr. Reinhard Mechler, IPCC Lead Author: economics of disasters and disaster losses

Youcef Ait Chellouche, Deputy Regional Coordinator: UNISDR Africa programmes and the SREX report

Further resources:

Postcard from Addis Ababa

Resources related to the IPCC SREX report and regional report

Read about the event series here.

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