Patricia Espinosa addresses the opening plenary of the Bonn Conference. Photo by UNClimateChange on Flickr.

Welcome to the latest update from the Adaptation Without Borders global partnership.  

Last month, the Bonn Climate Change Conference, the 56th session of the UNFCCC subsidiary bodies, saw transboundary climate risk rise up the political agenda. Following our submission on the Global Goal on Adaptation earlier in the year, we made a number of interventions in the GLaSS (Glasgow–Sharm El-Sheikh work programme on the Global Goal on Adaptation) technical workshops and Global Stocktake roundtables on adaptation. The importance of accounting for transboundary climate risk, and strengthening international cooperation on adaptation, were cited by a number of Groups and Parties, including (among others) AILAC, AOSIS and YOUNGO, as well as Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Colombia, the European Union, the Maldives and the United States. 

Watch our AWB side event here: The Global Goal on Adaptation Ambition: A Global Challenge Is More Than The Sum Of Its Parts. 

Shipping containers in Antwerp, Belgium. Photo by Paul Teysen on Unsplash
Transboundary climate risk and trade 

What is the role of trade in transmitting climate risk across borders, and how could trade policy strengthen resilience and adaptation to such risks? AWB partner SEI explored these questions in a new CASCADES podcast episode on Sweden’s trade-related climate risk exposure, and talked about how adaptation has to evolve to manage such risks in this podcast episode from the Adaptation Research Alliance. Meanwhile, in this webinar hosted by the World Trade Organisation, we discuss the role of trade and trade policies in adapting to the consequences of climate change, including transboundary climate risks.  

A flooded pub in the U.K. Photo by Chris Gallagher on Unsplash

Financing adaptation to transboundary climate risk 

What are the implications of transboundary climate risk for adaptation finance? Ahead of the G7, Richard Klein and Tabea Lissner made the case for a dramatic scaling up of adaptation finance, not only in light of the moral and historical imperative for wealthier countries to do so, but also accounting for their self interests.   

Wheat farming in Luxembourg. Photo by Johny Goerend on Unsplash

Summer reading 

Two journal articles released in June 2022, make the perfect summer read. The first – an article by AWB partner IDDRI – argues for increased support for transdisciplinary adaptation research associated with three scientific frontiers – understanding the potential for effective climate risk reduction (including understanding maladaptation, residual risk, and adaptation limits); assessing systemic, cascading, and transboundary risks; and tracking adaptation progress – and the second – an article by AWB partner SEI – outlines a new protocol for case-study research on transboundary climate risk. 

The partnership

Adaptation Without Borders is brought to you by three founding members – SEI, ODI and IDDRI – and nine partners – Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, ENDA Énergie, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI), PlanAdapt, the University of the West Indies (UWI) and Winrock International.

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