Albert Salamanca

Senior Research Fellow

Albert is presently the cluster lead for Climate Change, Disasters, and Development at the Stockholm Environment Institute's Asia Centre. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the institute. Albert has over 15 years of experience working in Southeast Asian countries on climate change adaptation, natural resource management, conservation, development, and the maintenance of sustainable lifestyles. His research interests include resilience, risk, vulnerabilities, traditional ecological knowledge, mobility and spatial links, disaster displacement, and sustainable livelihoods. He is a member of the UK GCRF Living Deltas Hub. His recent co-edited work includes the "Climate Change, Disasters, and Internal Displacement in Asia and the Pacific," the "Routledge Handbook of Global Development", and the "Report for the Mid-Term Review of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction". He is a member of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage Expert Group on Slow Onset Events and an advisor to Samdhana Institute's fair, green and global alliance programme.

Albert contributes to weADAPT, the Sustainable Mekong Research Network, the Mekong Think Tank and Thought Leadership Programme, and the ADB GMS Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability Programme. He is leading a project on EBA-enhanced climate field schools for climate resilience funded by the Global EBA Fund.

He was formerly in charge of the SEI's global initiative on Transforming Development and Disaster Risk, and he also contributed to the Climate Services Initiative through the School of Climate and Living Traditions. He was also in charge of the Partnership in Governance Transition: the Bali Cultural Landscape and the Regional Climate Change Adaptation Knowledge Platform (AKP). Albert was also the Mekong Partnership for the Environment's Action Research Advisor. 
Durham University awarded him a doctorate in geography.


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Advancing climate policy: harnessing Indigenous knowledge at the science-policy interface

Learn about Indigenous Peoples’ experience in climate policy negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the importance of bridging Indigenous and scientific knowledge systems in this SEI policy brief.

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weADAPT's 15th Anniversary: The Future of Climate Change Adaptation

SEI marked the 20th anniversary of the Oxford Centre and the 15th anniversary of weADAPT with an event that addressed goals for and barriers to adaptation, and ideas to achieve greater progress.

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Human Rights in the Process of National Adaptation Planning

Learn about the outcomes of mapping conducted on multisectoral NAPs available in 2020-2021. This study discusses entry points to ensure that human rights principles are meaningfully integrated and guide the NAP process.

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Is the New IPCC Report a Game Changer for Adaptation? SEI's Response to AR6

Read SEI's response to the IPCC AR6 WGII report exploring what's new, what's missing and whether it is a game changer for adaptation.

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Climate-Smart Land Use (CSLU) in ASEAN

The Climate-Smart Land Use (CSLU) project strengthens the coordination role of members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in contributing to international and national climate policy processes on climate-smart land use in agriculture and forestry.

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Leadership for Responsive Climate Actions in Agriculture, Forestry and Food systems

Learn about the role of leadership in promoting transformational change towards a low-carbon, resilient, and food secure economy and society, both globally and regionally. 

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

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Climate, Food Security and Agriculture

Climate change is already noticeable through extreme weather events such as droughts and floods, water scarcity and changes in rainfall patterns as well as greater CO2 concentrations in the atmosph

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Gender and Social Equality

This theme aims to deepen engagement on issues of gender and social equality in the context of environment and development, foster collaborations and strengthen capacity.
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Disasters and Climate Change

Generating knowledge to integrate disaster risk reduction (DRR) with equitable, sustainable and resilient development, recognizing that development and DRR are interlinked.  
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Small Islands and Climate Change

This theme curates information on the impacts of climate change on islands and the many approaches and activities that island inhabitants have done to respond to these impacts.
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Cities and climate change

Views on trends, challenges, findings and case studies of cities adapting throughout the world.
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National Adaptation Planning

Designing robust, flexible adaptation strategies for national adaptation plans.
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