Former President of Costa Rica José María Figueres commended efforts in adaptation and the GAIN Index during a keynote address March 29. Figueres spoke to more than 100 people attending the panel discussion, “A Conversation on the Future of Central America: The Challenges of Climate Change and Natural Disasters,” hosted by The Brookings Institution and the Central American Bank for Economic Integration in Washington, DC.
Engineers will be among those on the front lines of adaptation. From improving the resilience of water pipes and energy transport systems to redesigning how entire urban areas are built, engineering firms will need to solve new challenges created by population growth, urbanization and climate change.
Incorporation of new scientific, economic and social science data is becoming more critical as unprecedented changes are upon us. Engineering innovation and technology will be part of the solution. These were the main takeaways according to participants at the Engineers Without Borders (EWB)–USA 10-year anniversary International Conference in Henderson, Nev., March 22-24.
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a briefing with GAIN and several development organizations and NGOs March 20 to discuss adaptation to climate change issues in Latin American countries.
GAIN CEO Dr. Juan José Daboub led the convening, which focused on how the GAIN Index can help to allocate investments to adaptation issues in Latin American countries. Listen to the presentation here. Stay tuned for a summary of the discussion to be posted to The Inter-American Dialogue website, www.thedialogue.org.
For an in depth analysis of how the GAIN Index illustrates the growing resilience of a Latin American country, see Dr. Daboub’s video about El Salvador.
GAIN’s Dr. Bruno Sanchez-Andrade Nuño helped lead the World Bank’s Climate Data Meeting, which focused on how climate data and open source tools can assist people in addressing climate change and development challenges. Read Dr. Sanchez’s featured summary, which includes a list of nine ideas for applications that could further adaptation to climate, population, development and other global forces at hand.
The meeting was held in anticipation of the “Apps for Climate” competition — the deadline is March 16, 2012. GAIN is excited to learn about new ideas from the participants since our GAIN Index is one of the leading open source data tools to help policy makers, businesses and development practitioners understand their climate risks and opportunities. GAIN looks forward to the results of the competition and exploring new ways to share and utilize global data.
Mr. Kenneth Hersh, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Global Adaptation Institute (GAIN), led a panel on adaptation at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland on January 26, 2012. Read how he and other business, government and academic leaders are addressing adaptation challenges in the WEF summary document Adapting to Climate Risk.