BC3 co-chairs a session on Adaptation Tracking at the “3rd European Climate Change Adaptation Conference”, Glasgow 2017


Researchers from BC3, McGill University and Wageningen University organize a parallel session in the main reference forum on climate change adaptation at European scale, the "European Climate Change Adaptation Conference 2017" that is to held in Glasgow from the 5th to the 9th of June. This parallel session will focus on the challenges of measuring the progress on adaptation at multiple levels.

The European Climate Change Adaptation conference (ECCA) has become one of the main reference forums on climate change adaptation. The ECCA has a clear vocation to be a meeting point between science, decision making and the private sector to contribute to expand the policy space for adaptation.

This year, the ECCA conference will be held in Glasgow, from the 5th to the 9th of June. The programme features three plenary sessions, 85 parallel sessions, a poster drinks reception, a Ceilidh and a film screening. This year, for the first time, there is a special Business and Innovation programme to be run in parallel with the first two days of the conference.

One of these parallel sessions is organised by researchers from McGill University, Wageningen University and BC3 (Basque Centre for Climate Change). The session will focus on the challenges of measuring the progress on adaptation at multiple levels. Over the years, adaptation action has been reported at different administrative levels and contexts. With momentum coming out of the Paris Agreement, the need to understand the current state of adaptation and measure the progress and effectiveness of adaptation policy is critical for accountability of climate investments and policy orientated learning. The proliferation of adaptation tracking research requires a focus on the central challenges of the field.

The objective of the session is to examine and critically discuss the various methods and concepts and their applications for tracking adaptation to climate change. Adaptation measures and policies are designed and evaluated at many levels, including international, national, urban and project level. Crucial questions include: What are the benefits and limitations of aggregate versus discrete metrics for the various levels of adaptation? What are the needs of different stakeholders in measuring adaptation? What could be a meaningful baseline for tracking? How are adaptation metrics linked to the SDGs? What are key lessons learned for tracking adaptation and what are remaining challenges? This session aims to bring scientists together to discuss ways forward in adaptation tracking under the cross-cutting theme of evidence for action.

Photo by Paul Walter (CC BY 2.0): Glasgow – North bank including the SECC

Session Title:  Tracking Adaptation to Climate Change at Multiple Levels: International, National and Urban.

Session chairs: Dr Robbert Biesbroek (Wageningen University, Netherlands), Dr. Marta Olazabal (Basque Centre for Climate Change, BC3) and Dr. Elisa Sainz de Murieta (Basque Centre for Climate Change, BC3)

Contributing Authors: Robbert Biesbroek1,4, Dr Lea Berrang Ford2,4, James Ford2,4, Marta Olazabal3, Elisa Sainz de Murieta3,5, Ibon Galarraga3, Alexandra Lesnikowski2,4, Frances Wang4, Andrew Tanabe4, Luis Maria Abadie3

1Wageningen University
2McGill University
3Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3)
4Adaptation Tracking Collaboration (ATC), TRAC3
5Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE)

The session will include the following presentations:

  1. Framework for tracking adaptation to climate change. Robbert Biesbroek
  2. Assessing Stakeholder Needs for Adaptation Monitoring and Evaluation. Frances Wan
  3. Indicators for symbolic and substantive policy making for climate change adaptation. Andrew Tanabe.
  4. A policy instruments approach to conceptualizing adaptation policy in comparative studies. Alexandra Lesnikowski
  5. On the credibility of current local climate adaptation plans. Marta Olazabal
  6. Understanding risks in the light of uncertainty: low-probability, high-impact coastal events in cities. Elisa Sainz de Murieta

The full program, including the book of abstract will be soon available at http://ecca2017.eu/.

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