Planning for future climate change crises workshop

HFP recently hosted a successful “Planning for Future Climate Change Crises” event, bringing together leading UK scientists, policy makers, and aid organisations.

These are particularly relevant given the recent posts on climate change severity and the importance of policy dialogue.  Please feel free to download and distribute.  PDF’s and PPT’s from this event can be found here:

http://www.humanitarianfutures.org/mainsite/events/view_events.php?page_ID=24

Key excerpts:

  • We should do what military strategists and the engineering and insurance communities have done for years – estimate an acceptable level of risk and plan accordingly.”
  • Remove uncertainty by using worst-case scenarios. If the worst doesn’t occur then that’s good; if it does, then we’re prepared = win win!”  – Mike Edwards, CAFOD
  • “It is important to consider how climate forecasts relate to aid organisation’s planning time scales.  Do 20 year forecasts matter if your planning cycle is on a 3 year window?”  – Dr. Andy Morse, University of Liverpool
  • We need aid organisations to tell us what kind of forecasts they need if we are to be able to provide it to them.”  – Dr. Richard Jones, The Met Office
  • “90% of climate change adaptation strategies can be implemented without the need for climate forecasts.  These are low regret, easy win options that benefit people now.” – Dr. Ron Wilby,  Loughborough University
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One Response to Planning for future climate change crises workshop

  1. […] between science and public understanding.  This was one of the main issues which emerged from our Climate Science / Public Policy Futures Group (covered […]

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