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Stepping up international action for climate resilience 


Event accompanying the adoption of the new EU Climate Adaption Strategy

Stepping up international action for climate resilience 

Friday 26 February 2021 | 14:00 - 16:00 CET



Adaptation is a cross-cutting issue in the external action of the EU and of the Member States, spanning development cooperation, migration or security. Strengthening international collaboration for climate resilience is a key priority for the EU. Adaptation efforts need to be effectively targeted to reach the most exposed, vulnerable, conflict- prone or marginalised communities, leaving no one and no place behind.

The new EU Adaptation Strategy will promote regional approaches, with a focus on adaptation in Africa and Small Island Developing States. The Strategy will further advance a Green Agenda for Western Balkans and strong green partnerships with the EU Neighbourhood. Insights form the ongoing research within two EU H2020 projects RECEIPT and CASCADES will set the stage for in-depth discussion on how remote climate change impacts may affect the resilience in Europe.


  • Katy Harris is Senior Expert at the Stockholm Environment Institute and Director of Adaptation Without Borders.
  • Bart van den Hurk is Strategic Research Advisor Climate Change at the Water Knowledge Institute Deltares and Professor at the Institute for Environmental Studies in Amsterdam.
  • Maarten van Aalst is Director of Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre and Professor at the University of Twente.
  • Tessa Schmedding is EU Affairs Expert in the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Regional Office for Europe.
  • Bina Desai is Head of Programmes at the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre and a member of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Taskforce on Displacement under the Warsaw Mechanism for Loss and Damage.
  • Daniel Stadtmüller is Team Leader of InsuResilience Secretariat at the German Corporation for International Cooperation.
  • Christopher Reyer (moderator) is leading the Forest and Ecosystem Resilience Group at Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.