NEWS

Upcoming Events:

December 01, 2021: INQUIMUS Pre-event Online Workshop: „Transformational risk management and Loss & Damage: What are suitable approaches for assessing climate-related (residual) risks?“ (REGISTER HERE: https://www.inquimus.org/), Key-note speaker: Prof. Ortwinn Renn, Scientific Director at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam (Germany), Date & time: December 1, 2021, 10:00-12:30 (CET)

March 29-31, 2022: INQUIMUS Workshop: „Transformational risk management and Loss & Damage: What are suitable approaches for assessing climate-related (residual) risks?“ IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria

Past Events:

TransLoss / IUCA – COP26 Online Panel Discussion (November 09, 2021)

November 09, 2021: Tackling adaptation limits through transformational change. Isabel Hagen (Uni Zürich) was leading an online panel discussion as part of a set of events during COP26 organized by International Universities Climate Alliance:

Title: Tackling adaptation limits through transformational change
About event: What are the limits of adaptation to climate-related hazards and processes? This session explores whether equitable and community-lead transformationaladaptation can help reduce risk and losses and damages. The event was organised in the form of a panel discussion followed by a Q&A with the audience.
Date and time: Tue, 9 November 2021, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM CET

TransLoss_IUCA

The session was recorded and can be streamed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x70LNQTG72U
Link to the event (with information about panellists): https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/tackling-adaptation-limits-through-transformational-change-tickets-198741399877
The event is part of a set of events during COP26 organized by International Universities Climate Alliance.
Link to all COP26 events: https://www.universitiesforclimate.org/how-are-universities-leading-the-way-on-climate-change/

TransLoss / SINCERE – ECCA Conference Session (June 10, 2021)

The 5th European Climate Change Adaptation Conference (ECCA 2021, https://www.ecca21.eu/, http://www.jpi-climate.eu/ecca2021) took place in a virtual format from 25 May to 22 June 2021. It comprised a series of 9 webinars in the run-up to a high-level event on 22 June, integrating key policy messages of the webinars. The conference was co-organised by the European Commission, JPI Climate and three Horizon 2020 projects (SINCERE, CASCADES and RECEIPT). The high-level event was hosted by the European Commission, back to back with the annual European Research & Innovation Days (23-24 June).

The webinar on „Building back better: COVID recovery, resilience building and societal transformation” (10 June 2021, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXiEdDtjep8&t=6119s) was organised by the JPI Climate Action Group Enabling Societal Transformation (led by AG EST co-lead Elisabeth Worliczek) together with SINCERE (Martina Haindl) and other related projects (such as TransLoss: Thomas Schinko and Veronica Karabaczek). It aimed to answer the following overarching question „Is COVID a magnifying glass of society? If so, what does it highlight and what does it hide in the context of climate change?“. Four different break-out- groups (hosted by scientists and NGO representatives from EU and non-EU countries) interactively discussed these and subsequent questions from diverse perspectives.
The following main societal issues, derived from previous scoping activities (e.g. SOLSTICE Call: http://www.jpi-climate.eu/SOLSTICE), have been the focus of the webinar and the base for developing the key messages:

  1. Social justice and participation -> Key message: „The crises affects populations very differently and emphasizes existing inequalities and injustices. We call for participatory bottom-up initiatives as a means to foster a sense of a global common good to tackle multiple objectives and empower people.”
  2. Sense making, cultural meaning and risk perceptions -> Key message: „The crises demonstrates the interconnected elements of the web of life – humans and nature as one. We call for a thorough communication of both local and global issues and for giving science a voice in achieving this balance”
  3. Transformative finance and economy -> Key message: „Multidimensional and integrated socio-ecological goals and information systems help to achieve social and ecological goals that serve the common good. We call for new means of measure (away from GDP and profit) to consider global terms by accounting for consumption and production-based impacts.”
  4. Transformational governance -> Key message: „Faith and hope trigger community and locally led responses. We call for the co-creation of knowledge for decision-making and behavioural change that is able to address our perceptions and values by touching our emotions.”
    The derived key messages (transferred through an animated video) have been discussed within a high-level event panel session focusing on „What next for climate resilience? – Forward looking session on COVID-19 recovery and green societal transformation“ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJtxT7Xl–4&list=PLvvWSuqy3auYFtjGaE9t2okZG7USPiRol, starting at 1:05:10).

As part of the virtual conference, the SOLSTICE Call projects have been selected to be showcased at the Virtual ECCA Library. The graphical recording of the SOLSTICE Kick-off meeting on 28 April, 2021, that served as an inspiration for the consequent webinar, is available here: https://www.ecca21.eu/participants/284#363566.

All the sessions and webinar recordings are available on ECCA’s Youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4TtWZytp-ShUzffnP0vzgw

Presentations

April 12 & 13, 2021: TransLoss Presentation at “Österreichischer Klimatag in Leoben”, Montanuniversität Leoben, https://ccca.ac.at/fileadmin/00_DokumenteHauptmenue/03_Aktivitaeten/Klimatag/Klimatag2020___2021/Tagungsband_2021_v4.pdf

Press Coverage

Austrian Local News Coverage of TransLoss Project:

April 15, 2021: BMK, Kategorie Klima- & Umweltschutz: “Wie sich Gemeinden besser vor Klimawandelfolgen wappnen könnten”, https://infothek.bmk.gv.at/wie-sich-gemeinden-besser-vor-klimawandelfolgen-wappnen-koennten/
April 13, 2021: Die Presse: “So können sich Gemeinden besser vor Klimawandelfolgen wappnen” – https://www.diepresse.com/5964822/so-konnen-sich-gemeinden-besser-vor-klimawandelfolgen-wappnen

Publications

October 13-22, 2020: Disaster Research Days 2020 – Konferenzband, Herausgeber: Disaster Competence Network Austria, WEBINAR S E R I E S OCTOBER 13-22, 2021, https://www.dcna.at/files/tao/img/veranstaltungen/drd20/DRD20_Book_of_Abstracts_v1.pdf

The following paper has been published in the international peer-reviewed journal Sustainability Science, which reveals novel insights in the context of limits to adaptation and transformational risk management for tackling residual risks (WP3):
Mechler, R., Singh, C., Ebi, K., Djalante, R., Thomas, A., James, R., Tschakert, P., Wewerinke-Singh, M., Schinko, T. et al. (2020). Loss and Damage and limits to adaptation: recent IPCC insights and implications for climate science and policy. Sustainability Science DOI:10.1007/s11625-020-00807-9. Available (open access) at: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11625-020-00807-9

Interim Project Results – November 2020

The stakeholder and governance map displays the connections between individuals and institutions active in the field of disaster risk management and climate change adaptation, both of which are part of a comprehensive climate risk management approach and relevant for L&D issues (WP1).

Figure 1: Stakeholder and governance map for Austria

The initial assessment of the interviews carried out with Austrian experts are described in the following (WP1 & WP4):
• The main concerns regarding potential limits to adaptation in Austria, include increases in precipitation extremes and heat stress, but also greater socioeconomic vulnerability due to non-climatic factors such as the increased exposure of assets due to wealth increases as well as building and zoning choices.
• Extreme heat and drought are of particular concern for certain regions in Austria, disproportionately affecting the agricultural and forestry sectors, as well as more vulnerable parts of the population such as the sick and elderly. The loss of forests not only affects livelihoods and leisure, but also the availability of territory and human safety due to the importance of protection forests. Storms and stronger wind also significantly contribute to observed and predicted damages.
• Risks posed by floods and alpine hazards were mentioned but are not considered to be main sources of concern or potential impacts beyond affected communities’ ability to adapt due to the long tradition of technical risk management in Austria. The voluntary relocation of inhabitants in the Eferdinger Becken after heavy flooding in 2013, however, is a recent example of a measure with a more transformative impact, highlighting the growing insufficiencies of traditional flood risk management measures.

The literature review in WP2 showed that the science debate is focused on the general understanding of L&D and on how to properly quantify tangible and intangible dimensions of it. The applied literature is predominantly concerned with questions regarding what factors to include in the L&D assessment, how to measure them, what data to collect, how to store it and how to translate data into condensed but meaningful, policy-relevant information. Risk metrics are still a marginal issue.

Figure 2. Conceptual TransLoss CRM framework. Source: Own conceptualization based on Schinko et al. (2015, 2018) and GIZ et al. (2018)

We have further developed the conceptual CRM framework that has been introduced in the context of L&D by previous ACRP-funded research. Specifically, we have further extended the previous 6-step approach by two more steps, which now better highlights the two closely interlinked elements of the CRM framework: (i) climate risk assessment and (ii) decision making, implementation and monitoring of CRM measures (WP3).

Downloads 2020
TransLoss Flyer (Deutsche Version)
TransLoss Flyer (English Version)