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Adaptation without Borders - Indirect Impacts of Climate Change

The impacts of climate change are not confined by national borders. In our globalised and interdependent world, the effects of climate change in one place can be experienced in another – cascading through trade and supply chains, financial flows, movements of people and shared natural resources. In a similar way, the actions we take to adapt to climate change can also have effects far beyond the jurisdictions of the actors implementing them.

This calls for a much more cooperative and multilateral approach to adaptation – one which builds resilience across scales. No country is immune to the effects of transboundary climate risk, and no government can address these effects alone.

This theme aims to gather evidence and analysis of transboundary climate risk and to support a social network of practice for those working in this field. It features articles, reports, blogs, events and videos on a variety of topics, including cross-border climate risk assessments, adaptation governance, and the implications of transboundary climate risks on (for example) trade, production and food security.

Publications come primarily from Adaptation without Borders, a new global partnership hosted by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), which aims to harness international cooperation to effectively govern and manage cross-border and cascading climate risks.

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Category:

Identifying Transboundary Climate Risks

In a world connected as never before, climate change risk assessments need to better account for our global interdependencies. This category brings together work relevant to understanding the complex nature of transboundary climate risks. Publications below provide insight into how transboundary climate risks manifest, how they are transmitted, and how they might be identified, assessed and tracked. 

 
Flooded street in Venice
Article

Climate impact induced crisis in Europe: an exploration of scenarios

This report examines six scenarios of climate impacts that can trigger social, political, economic or financial crises in Europe in the next decade.

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Quantifying transnational climate impact exposure
Article

Quantifying transnational climate impact exposure: new perspectives on the global distribution of climate risk

This research develops a global index of exposure to transnational climate impacts.

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Haitian citizens crowding on a ship
News

Inescapably intertwined: the reality of globalisation and borderless climate risks

Climate adaptation efforts are unlikely to succeed if done in geographic isolation. The Transnational Climate Impacts Index examines country exposure to climate change from an international view.

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Shipping containers
Article

Introducing the Transnational Climate Impacts Index: Indicators of country-level exposure – methodology report

This paper introduces a new framework for examining climate change impacts and adaptation needs from an international perspective.

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The Adaptation without Borders Index of exposure
Article

The Adaptation without Borders Index of exposure to indirect impacts of climate change

Applying a new conceptual framework, SEI has developed the Adaptation without Borders Index of Exposure (or AwB Index, for short).

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Conceptual framework for assessing indirect impacts of climate change
Article

Conceptual framework for assessing indirect impacts of climate change

We here introduce a conceptual framework that can be used to identify these indirect impacts of climate change.

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Category:

Governing Transboundary Climate Risks

The global effects of climate change require solutions beyond the adaptation efforts of any single actor. Managing transboundary climate risks will require collaborative approaches that cross borders, where actors engage with one another to identify shared risks and potential opportunities. This category explores avenues to enhance regional and global adaptation efforts to better manage and address transboundary climate risks. 

Baltic sea
Article

Transboundary climate risk and adaptation

This policy brief summarises the present state of knowledge on transboundary climate risks and discusses the implications for adaptation programming, policy and global governance.

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Nile from the space
Article

A Just Transition for Climate Change Adaptation: Towards Just Resilience and Security in a Globalising World

This policy brief presents a novel framework for a just transition for adaptation, with the objective of achieving globally just resilience.

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Mountains in Nepal
Event

Climate action in the Hindu Kush Himalaya

17/12/2020 - 15:00 to 17:00

This event provided a platform for stakeholders from the Hindu Kush Himalaya to discuss how regional collaboration can deliver ambitious climate action in the region.

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COP21
News

Adaptation to climate change in the aftermath of the Paris Agreement: on the rise globally, but policy and scientific challenges ahead

This blog reflects on the developments in climate change adaptation since the signing of the Paris Agreement.

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This policy simulation offers an interactive and productive arrangement between scientific and extra-scientific actors
Article

Cascading Climate Impacts - Policy Simulation

The following blog presents the Cascading Climate Impacts Simulations tool developed by CASCADES.

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Bangkok
Article

Transboundary Impacts of Climate Change in Asia: Making a Case for Regional Adaptation Planning and Cooperation

This paper outlines prerequisites and needs for collective adaptation solutions to address the impacts of climate change on transboundary natural resources and other teleconnections.

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Two women walking in a flooded street
News

Changement climatique : penser les « trajectoires » de l’adaptation

This blog post shows how adaptation pathways can help us better address climate change. 
Cet article montre comment une approche par les "trajectoires" d'adaptation pourrait nous permettre de faire face au changement climatique.

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European Commission
News

Resilience and Green recovery in Europe: the critical role of the EU Adaptation Strategy

This blog post explores the features and implications of the revised EU Adaptation Strategy that will be adopted in 2021.

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“The aggregation of national interest does not amount to the global interest of the planet” – Youssef Nassef, Director of Adaptation at the UNFCCC
News

The Transboundary Risks of Climate Change

Why the UK Foreign Office’s international science and innovation division will be working closely with ODI, SEI and IDDRI to bring transboundary climate risk to the forefront ahead of COP26 and beyond.

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Rice production in Vietnam affects the food security of many – all over the world. Photo: Unsplash / Siamak Djamei
News

Watch the adaptation blind spot

We know Asia’s least developed countries are highly vulnerable to the direct impacts of climate change, but they also face threats from indirect impacts, which are only now starting to be grasped.

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global connections
Article

Towards a Global Adaptation Progress Tracker: first thoughts

This paper proposes to measure adaptation progress directly at the global level through the development of new indicators and using new technologies - the Global Adaptation Progress Tracker.

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Adaptation without Borders
Article

Global adaptation governance: An emerging but contested domain

This review article asks: to what extent does global governance of climate change adaptation exist?

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 a satellite image shows the Nile Delta
Article

Climate adaptation must be reframed from a local issue to a global responsibility

This brief provides several recommendations on how the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) could encourage better accounting of transboundary climate risk.

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Food preparation in Senegal
News

Adaptation without borders? Preparing for indirect climate change impacts

A SEI project produced resources that highlight the need to look beyond national boundaries in adaptation planning, and explain how policy-makers can start identifying indirect climate risks.

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Borderless climate risks side event at COP23
News

Resilience building at risk? Five key insights for addressing borderless climate risks

Can borderless climate risks be addressed in the follow-up of the Paris Agreement’s global goal on adaptation?

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Mazenod resevoir under construction, Lesotho
Article

Moving towards a growing global discourse on transboundary adaptation

This briefing note describes current adaptation plans and strategies addressing transboundary risks and highlights opportunities to enhance work on transboundary adaptation.

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Transboundary climate risks
News

Transboundary Climate Risks - Wilton Park Dialogue

The Wilton Park dialogue was convened with the recognition that climate change adaptation continues to be framed and addressed primarily at the local, subnational and national levels.

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Food Market
Article

Governing borderless climate risks: moving beyond the territorial framing of adaptation

This article looks at the paradoxes, challenges and opportunities in trying to govern often borderless climate risks through national or local adaptation policy.

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Credit: NASA image by Robert Simmon and Jesse Allen, based on Landsat 5 data from the USGS Global Visualization Viewer.
Article

Meeting the global challenge of adaptation by addressing transboundary climate risk

This brief from SEI, IDDRI and ODI finds that a transboundary view of climate risk creates opportunities for international cooperation on adaptation.

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Agricultural workers
Article

Transnational climate change impacts: An entry point to enhanced global cooperation on adaptation?

This brief explains how SEI developed indicators of transnational climate change impacts and discusses some of the implications for national adaptation planning and global cooperation on adaptation.

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indirect impact pathways
Article

National Adaptation Plans and the indirect impacts of climate change

This brief supports countries to take stock of the “indirect impacts” of climate change and to address them in their National Adaptation Plan.

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Category:

Impacts of Transboundary Climate Risks

Left unchecked, transboundary climate risks could impede progress towards virtually every one of the Sustainable Development Goals – increasing food and water insecurity, threatening trade and energy supplies, risking jobs and livelihoods, spurring social unrest and endangering our collective wellbeing. This category provides insights on their impacts for people, ecosystems and economies – with a particular focus on trade, business and food security.

Wheat harvest in the Texas Panhandle
Article

The Geopolitics of Food Security: Barriers to the Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger

This paper seeks to give geopolitics a more prominent place in the food security debate, outlining its impact across a range of areas that directly affect food security.

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EU-Mercosur meeting
News

The EU-Mercosur trade agreement: can a trade treaty be greened?

This blog post analyzes the conditions for a "greening" of the EU-Mercosur trade agreement compatible with both the legitimate expectations of civil society and the reality of trade negotiations.

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Businessmen in Japan
Article

Globalization of local risks through international investments and businesses: A case for risk communication and climate fragility reduction

This publication explores the globalization of local risks through international investments in Asia and present a climate fragility risk index to assess a country’s suitability for investing.

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 Freighters anchored at Dar es Salaam harbour in Tanzania.
News

Enhancing resilience within global value chains: the implications of COVID-19 for climate change adaptation and mitigation policies

This blog discusses the implications of the COVID-19 crisis in relation to trade within global value chains (GVCs) given the looming climate change crisis.

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Adaptation Without Borders policy brief
Article

Climate-resilient trade and production: the transboundary effects of climate change and their implications for EU member states

This brief provides an overview of the state of knowledge on transboundary climate risks in Europe, and explores how this knowledge could help Member States, businesses and the EU as a whole to advance climate-resilient trade and production.

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Container ships dock at the Euromax Terminal in the Port of Rotterdam. Photo: Frans Berkelaar
Event

Climate-Resilient Trade and Production

09/07/2020 - 08:30 to 11:00

This invite-only online seminar explores how European member states, European businesses and the EU as a whole can usher in a new era of climate-resilient systems.

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soybeans are loaded onto a truck
Article

International spillovers in SDG implementation: the case of soy from Argentina

The vast majority of Argentinian soy production serves foreign consumption, but has social, economic and environmental impacts in the producer country.

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Uploading freshly harvested oil palm fruit bunches. Photo: migin / Getty.
Article

Transparency and sustainability in global commodity supply chains

This research assesses the types of supply chain information that are needed to support improvements in sustainability governance.

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Map of Corporate Adaptation Projects and Opportunities
Article

The Business Case for Responsible Corporate Adaptation: Strengthening Private Sector and Community Resilience

This report presents a diverse set of global corporate adaptation projects to raise awareness, inspire action and highlight opportunities to further responsible corporate adaptation.

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Senegalese woman
Article

Djeneba's story

Families in Senegal typically spend around 30% oftheir monthly income on food, so even small changes in the price of rice impact the monthly food intake of families in Senegal.

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Millet processing
Article

Reducing vulnerability to food price shocks in a changing climate

This brief explores the impacts of food price shocks in a changing climate.

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Article

Senegal Films – Adaptation without Borders

On this page four short films explore these issues in relation to rice production, consumption and global trade.

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