Nathan participates in 7th Ouranos Symposium in Montreal

2017 November 21

The Symposium Ouranos is a major event in Québec, which will bring together some 500 experts in the fields of climate sciences and adaptation to climate change. The objectives of the symposium are to present the latest projects results and the 2014-2019 programming, to foster networking and exchanges as well as to celebrate the 15thanniversary of Ouranos.

Nathan presented his poster on utilizing System Network methods to assess vulnerability and adaptation in the Inuit Nunangat in northern Canada.


@ccadapt at COP23

2017 November 14

James and Melanie have been representing @ccadapt at the COP this year. Melanie was in Bonn for week 1, attending a number of events focusing on climate change and Indigenous peoples. James is currently around for week 2, and has been involved in events focusing on the release of the Adaptation Gap Report and events focusing on climate change and Indigenous peoples.


Nature highlights Ella’s Research

2017 November 10

The journal Nature recently highlighted the work of Ella Belfer. Ella’s work looks at the framing of indigenous peoples in climate change articles from 1995 – 2015. Her work highlights that colonial context is rarely mentioned in such papers and how indigenous knowledge is most valued in these spaces when corroborating scientific knowledge.

Check out the article.

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Participatory scenario planning and climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability research in the Arctic

2017 November 9

Flynn, M., Ford, J., Pearce, T., Harper, S., IHACC Research Team. (2017) Participatory scenario planning and climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability research in the Arctic. Environmental Science & Policy, 79, 45 – 53.

Participatory scenario planning (PSP) approaches are increasingly being used in research on climate change impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability (IAV). We identify and evaluate how PSP has been used in IAV studies in the Arctic, reviewing work published in the peer-reviewed and grey literature (n = 43). Studies utilizing PSP commonly follow the stages recognized as ‘best practice’ in the general literature in scenario planning, engaging with multiple ways of knowing including western science and traditional knowledge, and are employed in a diversity of sectors. Community participation, however, varies between studies, and climate projections are only utilized in just over half of the studies reviewed, raising concern that important future drivers of change are not fully captured. The time required to conduct PSP, involving extensive community engagement, was consistently reported as a challenge, and for application in Indigenous communities requires careful consideration of local culture, values, and belief systems on what it means to prepare for future climate impacts.

View the article’s info-graph below that explains the process of Arctic Participatory Scenario Planning:


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@CCADAPT involved in UNEP 2017 Adaptation Gap Report

2017 November 8


The United Nations Environment Program released the 2017 Adaptation Gap Report yesterday at COP23 today in Bonn. @ccadapt’s Prof. James Ford and Alex Lesnikowski were lead authors for chapter 3 focusing on the conceptual and methodological challenges and opportunities for adaptation tracking, and also had contributing author roles on other chapters. The report makes a strong case for the need for nations to start tracking adaptation and outlines opportunities for this. Moving forward, the TRAC3 team based at Leeds, Wageningen, and McGill aims to implement many of the recommendations in the report, creating a second generation global adaptation index.

Read the full report: UNEP Adaptation Gap Report 2017