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Adaptation is Essential: Global Decision Makers Prioritize Urgent Need to Build Resilience

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From left, Claudia McMurray, Senior Counselor at The Prince of Wales’ International Sustainability Unit; Frank Nutter, President at the Reinsurance Association of America; and Dr. Raj Rajan, RD&E Vice President, Global Sustainability Technical Leader at Ecolab, participate in the Managing Risk and Responding to Change panel May 10.

The Annual Meeting & Scientific Convening of the Global Adaptation Institute (GAIN) centered on one theme – the urgent need to adapt to the changing global climate requires pragmatic solutions with the private sector leading the effort.

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GAIN Prizes honor adaptation leaders

Innovative examples of adaptation efforts to save lives and improve livelihoods were recognized May 9 at the Annual Reception of GAIN’s 2012 Annual Meeting & Scientific Convening in Washington, D.C. The Global Adaptation Institute (GAIN) awarded the first GAIN Prizes for work on adaptation at an event attended by world leaders in the public and private sector. The four GAIN Prizes, which are each a monetary and recognition award for work in adaptation to climate change, urbanization, population growth and other global challenges, are unique.  For more information, please visit the GAIN Prize site here.

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World Leaders Ready to Help the Most Vulnerable People Adapt

GAIN 2012 Annual Meeting & Scientific Convening

WASHINGTON, D.C. Adaptation Can’t Wait is a message that will resonate through the Global Adaptation Institute’s (GAIN) 2012 Annual Meeting & Scientific Convening in Washington, D.C., May 9-10. High-level presenters and panelists from AECOM, Baker & McKenzie, PepsiCo, Ernst & Young, Swiss Re, The World Bank, The Kresge Foundation and other prominent organizations as well as ministers of environment and commerce will partake in open dialogue on the subject of adaptation and how the private sector can create actionable solutions.

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The high level of interest in this annual event speaks to GAIN’s success thus far in raising awareness of the importance of adaptation. Record insurance losses from catastrophic disasters, a continued rise in global food prices and urbanization outpacing the ability of cities to provide proper sanitation and infrastructure prove that now is the time for the public and private sectors to tackle these challenges together.  

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