Uncertainty about future risk trends plays a central role in whether or not policymakers and practitioners can make decisions that help society adapt to climate risks and capture the opportunities ahead.
Such decisions need to be informed by data about future demographic change, where and how people live in rural and urban areas, and land use conversion or industrialisation — factors that will substantially influence future trajectories and patterns in exposure. Likewise, changes in social protection systems or insurance regimes will greatly influence future levels of vulnerability.
A Summer Academy, to be held in Bonn, Germany, from 24 to 28 September, will focus on the question: “What do decision makers in policy and practice need to know about risk and adaptation futures?” The programme is being jointly organised by the UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and Munich Re Foundation, in partnership with the UNFCCC.
Young professionals (including academic scholars), policymakers, and practitioners are invited to apply by 27 May 2018. Up to about 30 participants will be selected.
The Summer Academy on World Risk and Adaptation Futures will have a special focus on urbanisation. The programmes three objectives are to:
For more information, or to apply, see the 2018 Summer Academy announcement about on the UNU-EHS website.