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

Complex, compound, cascading, cross-border climate risks have arrived in the IPCC. These were all but overlooked in previous IPCC reports, so it is notable that the new Working Group II report on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability not only recognizes cascading climate risks and the need for cross-border collaboration but mentions them no less than four times in the summary for policymakers. Read some of the key takeaways from AWB partners here and here.  

Transboundary and cascading climate risks also feature prominently in Africa’s Climate Change and Resilient Development Strategy and Action Plan (2022–2032), with an action to ‘Enhance coordination between the regional economic communities and Member States in addressing and managing transboundary and cascading climate risks’. We look forward to working with the African Union, regional economic communities and Member States on this pioneering vision in the months and years ahead.

Magnus Benzie and Frida Lager (2022)
Tackling cascading climate risk to meet the global adaptation challenge 

In order to achieve the Global Goal on Adaptation, we need urgent leadership and action to address transboundary and cascading climate risks. But which countries have the interest, capacity and responsibility to act? SEI’s latest analysis suggests potential coalitions that might ignite a new era of global climate diplomacy on adaptation. 

Birgit Bednar-Friedl et al (2022)

Adapting to transboundary climate risks in trade: investigating actors and strategies 

There is growing recognition that international trade can transmit climate risks across borders, requiring new forms of and approaches to adaptation. This advanced review synthesises knowledge on how, by whom and where adaptation actions can be taken in the agriculture and industrial sectors to reduce these transboundary climate risks.  

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More stories from an interconnected world 

In the last newsletter, we shared stories about how climate risk crosses national borders, and what that means for climate adaptation and international cooperation (from Jamaica and the US Midwest, to the Hindu Kush Himalayas, to Brazil and the global trade in coffee). This time, we share the latest story in the series on pastoralism, farming and a changing climate in the Sahel region and explore the implications of cascading climate risk for global food security in this new BBC podcast episode.  

Photo by Sadan Ekdemir on Unsplash

Country feature: how is Sweden thinking about transboundary climate risk?

Next year, Sweden will revise its climate adaptation strategy. Through Managing Partner SEI, AWB has been working with the Swedish National Expert Council for Climate Adaptation – convening workshops, reviews and written inputs – so that the Council can better understand and integrate transboundary climate risk in their background report. Check out the report to see how Sweden is accounting for cascading climate risks in business, food and agriculture, as well as understand justice in adaptation, and read more about the journey here


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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