Sino-German Cooperation
on Biodiversity, Climate and Environment
On behalf of International Climate Initiative (IKI)

Newsletter on “Climate Risk and Resilience in China (CRR) – Training Webinars on ICMA, ECA, and CLIMADA” Webinar Training

The Climate Risk and Resilience (CRR) project aims to empower local pilot cities with an Integrated Climate Risk Management (ICRM) framework and an Economics of Climate Adaptation (ECA) approach to identify and assess climate hazards, exposures, and vulnerabilities. The project ensures knowledge transfer and experience sharing among adaptation and city resilience projects, similar studies, international and local best practices. From October 2020 to January 2021, the CRR Project organized four webinars on ICRM, ECA, and CLIMADA. About 160 people joined each webinar and benefited from this series of science and methodology-oriented capacity building.

The CRR project hosted the webinar training, technically supported by Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII), which is hosted by United Nation University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS). Dr. Maxime Souvignet led the MCII research team and conducted together with Dr. SUN Tianyin of Tsinghua University the training webinars. Experts from both national and local level attended the training, namely from the Chinese National Centre for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NSCS), Center of Science and Technology and Industrialization Development (CSTID) of Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD), China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR), Shenzhen Academy of Environmental Science, Shenzhen Urban Public Safety and Technology Institute.

The MCII and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) have developed an ICRM approach. MCII and GIZ identified the disaster risk management cycle, also known as the PPRR approach –  prevent, prepare, respond and recover − as a valuable way to 1) systematically analyze and pinpoint where insurance can add value, 2) provide an overview to public authorities/government officials of the status of international political momentum, and 3) find synergies between the practical activities and policy of DRM and climate change adaptation (CCA).

ECA approach offers a unique approach towards the flexible identification of cost-effective CCA measures for a variety of projects and sectors. The methodology can be flexibly applied from the national down to the local level to different sectors and different hazards. It also gives guidance on what aspects to focus on during a feasibility study.

CLIMADA is an open-source and -access global probabilistic risk modelling and adaptation economics platform. Available in Python and MATLAB/Octave. It offers a unique integrated approach combining identification and assessment of climate hazards, economics, and mitigation measures. CLIMADA supports the appraisal of risk management options and adaptation measures with the aim to strengthen weather and climate-resilient development.

The CRR project expects to encourage and empower decision-makers to integrate a science-informed, risk-based, and solution-oriented approach to formulate adaptation strategies and make climate-resilient investment decisions. The project will technically support experts and pilot cities to enhance their capabilities and competency in addressing climate change-induced risks as well socio-economic impacts.

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