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Welcome to 2022 and the latest update from the Adaptation Without Borders global partnership.
This month, we’re delighted to announce the launch of a strategic collaboration between Adaptation Without Borders and the European Union to scale up international action on adaptation to manage the cross-border and cascading impacts of climate change.
The European Union officially joins Adaptation Without Borders with an initial contribution of €700,000 for 2022, enabling the Partnership to significantly scale up its efforts to identify and manage the cross-border and cascading climate risks that most threaten our societies, economies and ecosystems.
The funding also puts into practice the vision of the EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change, which recognises that in a deeply interconnected world, international action and cooperation on adaptation is  is “not only a matter of solidarity, but also of open strategic autonomy and self-interest” for the European Union and its member states.
We look forward to sharing further details about our 2022 programme of work in the next update. In the meantime, read our thoughts on why this matters in this letter to the Economist (or listen here) – responding to their portrayal of adaptation as a local to national issue, rather than the global challenge it represents.

Adaptation Without Borders @COP26


Adaptation Without Borders raised the profile of cross-border and cascading climate risks up the agenda of COP26 with a series of high-profile activities:

  • Watch our high-level launch event in the European Union Pavilion that shone a spotlight on the implications of cross-border and cascading risks for climate diplomacy, and made the case for a new era of adaptation defined by global cooperation, or read the short write-up
  • Understand more about how cascading climate risks are already having an impact by watching this dynamic roundtable, hosted by Chatham House and the Adaptation Without Borders partnership – ’Cascading climate risk: perspective from around the world’

A digital exhibition booth, a high-profile communications campaign and presentations at a number of events convened by others propelled cross-border risk into the spotlight. We’ll be building on these activities – as well as outcomes from the COP such as the launch of the two-year Glasgow-Sharm el-Sheikh work programme on the global goal on adaptation – in 2022.

Photo by v2osk on Unsplash

Stories from an interconnected world

Delve into stories about how climate risk crosses national borders, and what that means for climate adaptation and international cooperation. These features take a closer look at how transboundary climate risk is triggered and how it spreads and propagates across borders:

Major new research on transboundary climate risk

Adaptation Without Borders partners released a series of seminal reports in the run up to COP26:

  • Read SEI’s new report on climate change, trade and global food security: a first systematic, quantitative assessment of transboundary climate risks in major agricultural commodity flows – including maize, rice, wheat, soy, sugar cane, and coffee – as well as the implications for policy-makers
  • Read a new report from SPARC on perceptions of transboundary climate and adaptation risks from policy- and decision-makers across East and West Africa
  • Read IDDRI’s new report and blog on the transboundary implications of climate-related coastal migration – state of knowledge, factors of influence and policy pathways

Satellite image over the Nile River in Sudan. Photo: USGS

New Adaptation Without Borders policy submission

Read our submission – based on our latest policy brief ‘A Just Transition for Climate Change Adaptation: Towards Just Resilience and Security in a Globalising World’ – to the UNFCCC Katowice Committee of Experts on the Impacts of the Implementation of Response Measures. The brief was also presented at the 2nd World Forum on Climate Justice and Cairo Water Week and we look forward to continuing our work on Just Resilience in 2022.


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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