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The Role of Local Institutions in Climate Change Adaptation

Effective local institutions are central to society’s ability to respond to the impacts of climate change. Our capacity to adapt is dependent on a wide range of factors with complex institutional arrangements: production strategies, land and water governance, social support systems, household and gender dynamics, availability of weather and climate information, and interaction with external actors, among others. The interaction between local and national institutions is also an important, and often complex, factor.

Date & Time

May. 13, 2013
2:30pm – 4:30pm

Location

5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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The Role of Local Institutions in Climate Change Adaptation

Effective local institutions are central to society’s ability to respond to the impacts of climate change. Our capacity to adapt is dependent on a wide range of factors with complex institutional arrangements: production strategies, land and water governance, social support systems, household and gender dynamics, availability of weather and climate information, and interaction with external actors, among others. The interaction between local and national institutions is also an important, and often complex, factor.

In the context of climate change, how can such institutions themselves adapt to be both materially and socially effective? How important is it that such institutions are transparent, democratic, and inclusive? How can national institutions create effective enabling environments for local institutions? In this event, presenters from Oxfam America will share new research, based on field work carried out in Ethiopia and Mali, on the role of local institutions in adaptive processes. Additional perspectives on the role of national institutions will be shared by Heather McGray, Co-Director of the Vulnerability and Adaptation Initiative at the World Resources Institute.

The event will be followed by a reception at 4:30 pm.

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Media guests, including TV crews, are welcome and should RSVP directly to katharine.diamond@wilsoncenter.orgMedia bringing heavy electronics MUST indicate this in their response so they may be cleared through our building security and allowed entrance. Please err toward responding if you would like to attend.


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Environmental Change and Security Program

The Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) explores the connections between environmental, health, and population dynamics and their links to conflict, human insecurity, and foreign policy.  Read more

Africa Program

The Africa Program works to address the most critical issues facing Africa and U.S.-Africa relations, build mutually beneficial U.S.–Africa relations, and enhance knowledge and understanding about Africa in the United States. The Program achieves its mission through in-depth research and analyses, including our blog Africa Up Close, public discussion, working groups, and briefings that bring together policymakers, practitioners, and subject matter experts to analyze and offer practical options for tackling key challenges in Africa and in U.S.-Africa relations.    Read more

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