Daniel Morchain

Associate, Resilience & Climate Change Adaptation

My research focus has been on adaptation of European and Asian cities to climate change and to other environmental and socio-economic pressures. In Asia - especially in the Philippines - I have worked with local governments in the development and implementation of strategies to adapt to climate change, as well as at creating links between communities' natural resource management and poverty alleviation measures. In Europe, I have conducted research on cities' vulnerabilities and responses to changing climatic and environmental conditions.

I'm interested in working with communities in building resilience, while using natural resources in a sustainable way. I think there is a good potential to achieve this goal through more decentralised, small-scale 'nodes' of activity.

I am also the editor of the initiative called "Urban adaptation to climate change" and collaborate adding content to other initiatives, as well.
Together with my colleagues I started the urban initiative in March 2012 and in a few months we are now a group of almost 20 collaborators. Still, the amount of content and case studies in this initiative has to grow significantly in order to make it a reference for people interested in the topic.
On weADAPT I would like to see an increasing number of members sharing content and feeling that there is great value in doing that. Innovation from the side of the platform developers and editors (us!) will be crucial in achieving this.
Theatre of the Oppressed: a multilayered look at the adaptation space

Challenging predominant views with Theatre of the Oppressed

Theatre of the Oppressed is a powerful tool for challenging top-down approaches. This short film and article show how this approach can be used to build resilience.

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Report based on survey: Climate Change Adaptation Practice in Semi-Arid Regions

The Research into Use (RiU) element of the research project Adaptation at Scale in Semi- Arid Regions (ASSAR) aims to ensure that ASSAR’s research outputs and findings are taken-up in adaptation practice and policy spheres across semi-arid regions. 

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Equatorial Guinea case study

Between 2011 and 2012, a regional baseline assessment to analyse vulnerability was conducted in five landscapes of the Congo Basin as part of the ‘Climate Change and Forests in the Congo Basin: Synergies between Adaptation and Mitigation (COBAM)’ project. This briefing note summarises the results for the Monte Alén–Monts de Cristal landscape.

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Current vulnerability in Equatorial Guinea

A regional baseline assessment to analyse vulnerability was conducted in five landscapes of the Congo Basin.

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First results of our urban adaptation survey

Photo by Phyllis Grifman

It's been two months since we sent out the link to the weADAPT urban adaptation survey and we have obtained 16 responses so far... must be...

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Climate Change and Forests in the Congo Basin: Synergies between Adaptation and Mitigation (COBAM)

The COBAM project aims to provide stakeholders with the information, analysis and tools they need to adapt to climate change and reduccarbon emissions in the forests of the Congo Basin

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Daniel is a member of the following Themes, Networks or Projects

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This 5-year research project seeks to better understand barriers and enablers to widespread transformative adaptation to advance adaptive livelihoods for vulnerable groups
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Guidelines and tools for assessing the social and biophysical vulnerability to climate change.
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Governance, institutions and policy

Advancing new insights into good governance for sustainable development in the face of social and ecological change.
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Nature-based Solutions

Enhancing nature-based solutions to support climate adaptation.
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Adaptation Decision Making

Sharing methods, tools and approaches for adaptation decision-making.
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Climate Adaptation Training

Training modules and other resources on climate analysis, vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning.
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