Thursday 7 January | Friday 8 January
Friday 8 January
09:00 – 10:00

Assessing the Literatures Key issues in the SREX (What role for gray literature, diverse languages, subjective and qualitative research etc.)
Present by
Dr. Karen O’Brien, University of Oslo, Norway
Moderate by
Dr. Anand Patwardhan, Indian Institute of Technology, India 

Scientific assessments have prioritized peer-reviewed literature that conforms to the standards of scientific research, and that is widely accessible. The majority of the literature reviewed in scientific assessments such as IPCC reports are written in the English language. However, new literatures have emerged from post-modern critiques of traditional science, from post-normal science, from action research, and from reports and studies carried out by governments and non-governmental organizations—and there is an immense literature on SREX-relevant topics published in non-English languages.   Qualitative methods and subjective research have also contributed to a deeper understanding of what climate change means for individuals, households, communities, and organizations confronted with climate extremes and disaster risk.  This presentation and discussion will focus on key issues related to the scope of SREX, in particular, how can the report embrace diverse languages, types of knowledge, and perspectives to provide a truly global assessment on “Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation”.

10:00 – 11:00

Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation in the Asian Context
Moderate by
Mr. Atiq Kainan Ahmed, Social Scientist, ADPC 

Ř       Presentation of case study – Bangladesh, Philippines and Indonesia: by Mr. S.H.M. Fakhruddin, Senior Technical Specialist, ADPC
The case studies will show how ADPC implemented and developed Climate Forecast Applications for disaster management in three different countries in collaboration with their respective government agencies as well as local and international organizations.   

Ř       Presentation of case study: Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction: Experiences from the Himalayas, by Dr. Lisa Schipper
The work in the Hindu-Kush Himalayas aimed to document local responses to climate hazards as well as change.  Due to the nature of the case study locations, there was considerable emphasis on the impacts of extreme events.  The main overall finding indicated that local adaptive capacity is dependent on larger-scale policy and market contexts, and that the concept of ‘local’ capacity needs to be expanded to recognize these linkages.  This presentation touches on some of the overall findings with regard to preparing for extreme events and some of the main messages from the work.

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:30 Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation in the  Asian Context
articipants will be divided into groups for discussion on issues related to disaster risk management and climate change adaptation within the Asian context.
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15.00 Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation in the Asian Context
Participants will continue their discussion and present their findings
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 – 16:00

Identifying Synergies to Advance Human Security
By Dr. Karen O’Brien, University of Oslo, Norway

The synergies between climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction have enormous implications for human security, which can be described as the capacity of individuals and communities to respond to threats to their environmental, social, and human rights. In this presentation, I will discuss how and why it is important to critically assess the synergies between responses to climate change and disaster risk in relation to the normative concept of human security. I will argue that it is not sufficient to assess impacts and vulnerability to climate change extremes and disaster risks, and then identify the strategies to reduce those risks. It is also important to include an evaluation of how adaptation and disaster risk reduction strategies themselves may create new winners and losers, influencing the security of distant people and future generations. Considering human security as a rationale and benchmark for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in the face of climate change emphasizes both equity issues and the growing connections among people and places.

16:00 – 16:15
Seminar Closure
By Dr. Bhichit Rattakul

Executive Director





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