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Perspectives for Humanitarian Action in a Changing Climate
(90-minute webinar)

The climate crisis has joined conflicts and economic inequality as one of the main drivers of hunger. Climate shocks such as drought, storms, and floods have more than doubled over the past 4 decades and cause increasing losses and damages to food systems. Heatwaves and wildfires are picking up speed and represent new challenges for governments and the humanitarian system. At the same time, lower-level climatic variations play an increasing role in driving chronic hunger. Climate-induced migration and displacement aggravate displacement and conflict, both within countries as well as between them. Against the backdrop of unabated global warming, humanitarian and development actors are challenged to direct more targeted support to countries that are experiencing increasingly severe and compound impacts of climate change on food security. Building on observations and experiences in the field, this webinar will provide an overview of climate change as a humanitarian issue and discuss solutions and perspectives for humanitarian action in a rapidly changing environment. 

Advance reading suggestion: Climate Risk Financing: Early Response and Anticipatory Actions for Climate Hazards | World Food Programme (wfp.org)

Oct 28, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Gernot Laganda
Director of Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction at the United Nations World Programme (WFP) 2016 Maurice R. World Fellow @Yale University
Gernot Laganda is leading the Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction Programs at the United Nations' World Food Program (WFP). He supports WFP Country Offices and the governments they serve to understand the effects of climate change on food security, develop strategic actions to reduce climate risks in country programs, and make innovative climate finance instruments work for vulnerable communities. Gernot joined WFP from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), where he managed the world’s largest climate change adaptation program for smallholder farmers. A geoscientist by training, Gernot has spent the past 20 years working at the nexus between disasters and development - holding posts with NGOs supporting disaster relief and reconstruction projects in Afghanistan and Tajikistan; serving as Humanitarian Program Specialist with the Austrian Development Agency; and managing climate and environmental programs with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP)...