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Five members of the Climate Change Adaptation Research Group are attending the UNFCCC COP20 conference in Lima, Peru. Dr. James Ford will be chairing an official side event titled “Indigenous peoples, health, and community-based monitoring systems” as part of the Indigenous Health Adaptation to Climate Change (IHACC) project team, along with Michelle Maillet who will be presenting at the event. Both Dr. Ford and Malcolm Araos will be presenting a booth at the exhibit portion of COP20 on the Tracking Research in Adaptation to Climate Change Consortium (TRAC3) project. There will also be IHACC booths at the “Voces por el Clima” fair and the “Climate and Health Summit” side events, where Dr. Ford, Michelle Maillet, Mya Sherman and Margot Charette will be present at different times to promote and explain the IHACC project.

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Recent Group Publications

    CCARG highlights from COP20

    2014 December 17

    James, Shuaib, and Michelle at the side event “Indigenous peoples, health, and community-based monitoring systems”

    Five members of the Climate Change Adaptation Research Group attended the UNFCCC COP20 conference in Lima, Peru. Additionally, many IHACC project researchers, including PI’s Dr. Shuaib Lwasa and Dr.Alejandro Llanos, participated in the conference. Here are some of the group’s highlights from COP20.

    Panelists and speakers at the side event co-organized with Tebtebba

    IHACC researchers participated in an official COP20 side event, co-organized by the Tebtebba, the Indigenous Peoples’ International Centre for Policy Research and Education, and McGill University, on community-based adaptation, monitoring and information systems, as well as health impacts in indigenous peoples’ communities. The event was very well attended, over the room capacity with at least 80 attendees.

    CCARG lab members also went to and participated in many side events, including an interactive workshop on public participation at the UNFCCC. Michelle attended the daily briefing for Canadian stakeholders from the chief and deputy chief negotiators for Canada, Dan McDougall and Franca Jacovella. Every day, after updates from the Canadian negotiators, delegates had an opportunity to ask questions.

    Mya Sherman and Malcolm Araos at the Trac3 and IHACC booth at COP20

    Malcolm Araos spent a lot of time at the Trac3 and IHACC booth at the exhibit portion of COP20, where he shared information about the project to a constant stream of delegates. Every day a different IHACC team member was available to answer questions about the project. There were also IHACC booths at the “Voces por el Clima” fair and the “Climate and Health Summit” side events, where IHACC booklets were distributed. Overall, we were able to distribute research findings to large number of policymakers from Canada and abroad, indigenous leaders from Latin America, researchers and government officials.

    One of the TRAC3 posters at the COP20 booth.

    Mya Sherman was the recipient of the New Investigator award as well as the People’s Choice Award for Best Presentation at the Climate and Health Summit. New Investigators have the opportunity to have their climate and health research work viewed and critiqued by some of the biggest names in the field during the summit. Mya’s presentation slides, titled “Vulnerability and adaptive capacity of community food systems in the Peruvian Amazon: A case study from Panaillo”, can be found by clicking here.

    IHACC was able to have a full day meeting to discuss research results and future directions for the work that is happening in Peru. Margot, who spent a lot of time at COP20 meeting researchers and students from UPCH, was able to further collaborate with the Peruvian team and prepare for her upcoming Master’s work.

    Mya Sherman wins New Investigator award and People’s Choice Award for Best Presentation

    2014 December 8

    A big congratulations to Mya Sherman, who won the New Investigator award as well as the People’s Choice Award for Best Presentation at the Climate and Health Summit in Peru during COP20. The 2014 Climate and Health Summit took place alongside the next UN climate summit, (COP20) on December 6th. CCARG member Mya Sherman was selected as a “New Investigator” by the summit organizing body. New Investigators have the opportunity to have their climate and health research work viewed and critiqued by some of the biggest names in the field during the summit.

    During the summit, Mya won the People’s Choice Award for Best Presentation for her presentation titled “Vulnerability and adaptive capacity of community food systems in the Peruvian Amazon: A case study from Panaillo”.

    Mya Sherman presenting as a New Investigator at the Climate and Health Summit in Lima, Peru

    Official COP20 Side Event “Indigenous peoples, health, and community-based monitoring systems”

    2014 November 27

    Join us at an official COP20 side event, co-organized by the Tebtebba, the Indigenous Peoples’ International Centre for Policy Research and Education, and McGill University, on community-based adaptation, monitoring and information systems, as well as health impacts in indigenous peoples’ communities. IHACC researchers will be presenting at this event.

    Speakers: Kimaren Ole Riamit (ILEPA, Kenya); Tarcila Rivera Zea (Chirapaq, Peru); Dr. Alejandro Llanos (Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia); Dr. Shwaib Lwasa (Makerere); Dr. James Ford (McGill Univeristy); Michelle Maillet (McGill University); Grace Balawag (Tebtebba).

    Date: Wednesday,03 Dec 2014
    Time: 15:00—16:30
    Location: Maranga (130)


    “Are we adapting” reaches 100 citations

    2014 November 27

    Our paper “Are we adapting to climate change?,” published in Global Environmental Change (Berrang-Ford, Ford, Paterson, 2011) , has now been cited 100 times in Web of Science. One of the first adaptation tracking articles, the paper is one of the most cited adaptation papers of the last 5 years.