While improvements in forecasting open the door to greater investment in early action, such actions need to be carefully pre-planned, vulnerable groups identified, and financing prepositioned so that funds can be quickly released and used to reduce disaster impacts.
‘Forecast-based early action’ is seen as an innovative approach to managing the residual risks that cannot be addressed through longer-term investment in resilience – those that have not been reduced when a disaster is imminent. But proponents must tread carefully, ensuring the right incentives for early action are created without crowding out seasonal preparedness activities or longer-term resilience.
This webinar is organized by the Adapt’Action Facility, a tool used by AFD and Expertise France to help 15 countries and regional organizations particularly vulnerable to climate-change implement adaptation strategies. Adapt’Action provides technical assistance and capacity-building support to strengthen climate governance, a better integration of adaptation in their public policies, and the emergence of climate-resilient projects.
Emily is a Senior Research Fellow in the ODI Global Risks and Resilience Programme, leading research on risk and uncertainty in development and disaster recovery. Her current research focuses on disaster and climate risk management, state responsibility, anticipatory action and effectiveness and accountability in public policy. For the last 15 years, Emily has worked with governments, non-government organisations and scientific agencies in Latin America and the Caribbean, East Africa, South Asia and the Pacific to identify critical entry points and opportunities for overcoming hazardous geographies and managing risk in line with development priorities.
Irene joined the Climate Centre in 2016 as a technical advisor on forecast-based financing, having pioneered the concept in her home country of Uganda in her previous role as manager of disaster risk reduction with the Red Cross there. She now provides technical guidance to National Societies interested in setting up their own FbF programmes. Irene has more than a decade of experience in emergency response and disaster risk reduction, and holds a master’s degree in public health leadership.
Christophe Buffet is Programme Manager at the Adapt’Action Facility, a tool used by AFD and Expertise France to help 15 countries and regional organizations particularly vulnerable to climate-change implement adaptation strategies. He has expertise in climate change adaptation.