PRISE PI Eva Ludi joined PRISE global synthesis consultant Erin Roberts to disseminate PRISE research evidence at the UNFCCC Bonn Climate Change Conference – April 2018, including the Talanoa Dialogue. The Talanoa Dialogue brought together representatives from governments and non-state representatives representing a broad range of NGOs and research institutions. The Talanoa Dialogue discussed the questions “Where are we?”, “Where do we want to go?” and “How do we get there?”. As a representative of the Research and Independent NGOs group, PRISE was allocated to a Talanoa Group of 35 people trying to answer the question “Where do we want to go”.
Dr Ludi highlighted PRISE research evidence to support the view that climate resilient and equitable economic development is possible in marginal areas like semi-arid lands, and that a resilient world is possible. Dr Ludi added that by framing adaptation and climate-resilient economic development as a global opportunity, instead of a challenge, we can move beyond focusing on barriers towards identifying entry points for collectively developing a resilient world. PRISE plans to produce a synthesis report and recommendations based on the Talanoa discussions, which will feed into the political process at UNFCCC COP 24 in Katowice, Poland, in December.
PRISE also attended a SBI/SBSTA Technical Expert Meeting – Adaptation of the Adaptation Committee, chaired by CARIAA’s SPAC Member Dr Musonda Mumba (UNEP). Dr Ludi sat on a panel organised by Samantha Harris from BSR (Business for Social Responsibility) on Adaptation Planning for Vulnerable Groups. The panel discussed aspects around why climate change disproportionately affects women and how this relates to adaptation, and what some of the solutions PRISE is working on to address this are.