GAIN Chief Scientist Addresses Business Conference : Bonn, Germany

Distinguished leaders from around the world gather in Bonn, Germany, several times each year to discuss solutions to climate change challenges. 


Dr. Ian Noble, GAIN Chief Scientist, presents on the GAIN Index. 

Rising steadily, along with climate change challenges, is the call to focus on adaptation.

Bonn, Germany

In March, GAIN Chief Scientist Ian Noble presented the keynote address, “Global Mapping of Adaptation to Climate Change,” at a conference with other leading scientists in Bonn, Germany.

“Adaptation to Climate Change – A Case for Business?” was organized by the City of Bonn and GIZ, a German development agency working on sustainability challenges. Approximately 100 attendees gathered to help create an adaptation initiative for the European Union.

“It was an excellent forum with a diversity of business interest represented and plenty of opportunities to discuss the conference theme,” Noble said. “As a whole, we must continue to educate about adaptation to climate change.”

With measurable data, world climate change experts at the conference confronted the future of sustainability challenges. Dr. Noble, who led the creation of the GAIN Index, introduced this valuable tool which helps decision makers prioritize investment to affect climate change challenges.

The GAIN Index ranks 161 countries according to their levels of vulnerability and readiness to adapt to the effects of population growth, urbanization and climate change.

Attendees of the meetings included representatives from Allianz, Bayer, CafeDirrect, Chiquita, Munich Re and Swiss Re, as well as members of several German government agencies, and Bonn and United Nations representatives.

The Bonn Climate Change Conference takes place annually in Bonn, Germany. It was created in 2007 by the government of North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany, to stimulate global conversation about strategic international development intertwined with consumption, development and sustainability challenges.

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