Laura Schaefer

Project Manager

Laura Schäfer is a project manager for the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII) hosted by UNU-EHS. The project explores how climate risk insurance, embedded into comprehensive risk management, can contribute to increasing the resilience of people and communities vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change. In this context the project supports the G7 InsuResilience Initiative in making climate risk insurance work for poor and vulnerable people, increasing the number of people benefitting from the tool by up to 400 million by 2020.
For MCII, Laura supports and coordinates advocacy and policy activities with regard to the UNFCCC negotiations on adaptation and loss & damage, focusing the work of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism.
In a liaison function for MCII and UNU, Laura also works as a policy advisor for Germanwatch, e.V., an independent environment and development organization. She coordinated Germanwatch’s “Adaptation Fund NIEs in Africa: Independent insights” project and developed an approach to track and measure adaptation actions in developing countries.
Laura holds an M.A. in "Sustainable Development in Multi Level Governance" from the University of Bremen and a B.A. in political science from the University of Darmstadt. Prior to her engagement with MCII she worked as Consultant for the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW) in Berlin and for the GIZ in Bremen and Cambodia.

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Climate Risk Insurance for the Poor and Vulnerable

This project focuses on how climate risk insurance can be used as a tool to effectively support poor and vulnerable populations in the aftermath of a climate-related shock.

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