Developing Climate Resilience: An Island Perspective

| October 3, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Fort Jeudy Grenada by Tony Hisgett | Flickr | CC BY 2.0

Wednesday, October 5th, 1:30 to 5:00 pm (EDT) at the Wilson Center in Washington, DC

With the increase in frequency and severity of natural disasters and emergence of slower-moving impacts of climate change, such as sea-level rise, small-island states are often seen as particularly vulnerable. However, they have also proven themselves as innovators of climate resilience through effective risk management, disaster prevention, and climate-compatible development. This session will explore crucial aspects of island resilience in two panels: how islands can serve as resilience “incubators,” and what other states can learn from islands as they adapt to their own climate risks. It will bring together policymakers, scientists, donors, practitioners, and members of the diplomatic community with the goal of exploring island resilience initiatives and how they may be applied elsewhere. Learn more and RSVP here.

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This event is supported by the Munich Re Foundation and is a part of our Managing Our Planet series, organized in cooperation with the Brazil Institute and George Mason University.


1:30-1:45 – Keynote
Ambassador Angus Friday of Grenada

Ambassador for Climate Change and Small Island Developing States Issues Ronny Jumeau of Seychelles

Jainey Bavishi, White House Council on Environmental Quality

1:45-3:15 – “Islands as Resilience Incubators”
Moderator: Roger-Mark De Souza, Director of Population, Environmental Security, and Resilience, Wilson Center

Maxine Burkett, Professor of Law, University of Hawaii
Valerie Hickey, Practice Manager, Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice, World Bank
Kalim Shah, Assistant Professor of Environmental Policy, Indiana University

3:15-3:30 – Coffee break

3:30-5:00 – “What Can We Learn From Islands and How Is it Relevant Elsewhere?”
Moderator: Tom Lovejoy, UN Foundation; University Professor, Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University
Kate Brown, Executive Director, Global Islands Partnership
Shereen D’Souza, Foreign Affairs Officer, U.S. Department of State (Invited)
John Furlow, Climate Change Specialist, Impacts and Adaptation, U.S. Agency for International Development

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