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Dakar: 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 to be 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 are working with local counterparts to support a programme of regional outreach events. These will take place in cities around the world, beginning in April 2012.

The goal of the event series is to publicise the findings of the Special Report to policy maker, practitioner and private sector audiences. The events  are intended 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 Dakar, Senegal is invitation only. Speakers will include IPCC authors and invited guests from the West African region.

The event programme is available here.

Read about the event series here.

Presentations from the event

Isabelle Niang Diop, IPCC Lead Author, Fourth Assessment Report: Overview of the SREX report

Cherif Diop, IPCC Lead Author, SREX: New dimensions of risk, vulnerability, exposure and resilience in the West African context

Sonia Seneviratne, IPCC Coordinating Lead Author, SREX: Changing climate extremes in West Africa

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

Event report:

Summary of the SREX outreach event in Dakar, Senegal

Further resources:

Postcard from Dakar

Resources related to the IPCC SREX report and regional reports

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