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2- 6 October 2023

The seventh  Adaptation Futures international conference series on global adaptation is being organized by Ouranos, in partnership with the Government of Canada and WASP. Mark your calendar because the conference will take place on October 2-6, 2023 in Montreal, Canada

The call for session proposals, abstracts and posters is now closed and the result will be communicated in April 2023.

The Adaptation Futures 2023 conference aims to learn from Indigenous, local knowledge and voices in climate change adaptation research, policies, practices and actions around the world, accelerate the adoption of transformative adaptation for long-term resilience, bring marginalized voices, especially from the Global South, to the forefront in pursue of climate justice, equity, diversity and inclusion and accelerate momentum towards the Global Goal on Adaptation and the Global Stocktake and build on action to implement effective adaptation

Conference themes include

1.  Learning from Indigenous and local peoples

knowledges and expertise in adaptation

Indigenous People have been stewards of lands, waters and oceans  for generations, anticipating and responding to climate variability  and change. How do we integrate Indigenous knowledge and other  knowledge holders' experiences for long-term resilience?

2. Dealing with multiple risks: Compound,  cascading, cross-border climate change risks

People deal with many challenges at the same time, and climate  change is only one of the stressors. How to account for the complexity  and the interactions among multiple drivers of climate risk and  vulnerabilities when identifying and implementing actions?


3.  Making adaptation choices: managing trade-offs  and seeking effective adaptation

Integrated perspectives are crucial to promoting adaptation choices that  value diversity and reduce maladaptation. How do we enable integrated  assessment for systemic and transformational adaptation and sustaining long-  term resilience?

4.  When we can no longer adapt

Adaptation (and mitigation) efforts will not be sufficient to address the  complexity of all climate risks and vulnerabilities. So, what should we do when  adaptive capacity is no longer enough to deal with climate challenges and to  achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?


5.  Who wins, who loses, who decides: Equity justice in adaptation

The impacts of climate change are disproportionately experienced by  marginalized and vulnerable groups. Efforts to support adaptation must  therefore grapple with profound questions of ethics, equity and justice.

6.  The power of nature for climate action

Human and natural systems are deeply interconnected. More effort is  needed  to  fully  unpack  the  climate-nature-society  nexus,  and  to  understand the enabling potential of nature-centered approaches to support adaptation.


7. Teaching and learning adaptation in a changing climate

Are our education systems up to the task of teaching and supporting effective learning about adaptation now that we have passed 1.1C global average warming and climate change is already a reality for many?

8.  Inclusive adaptation governance and finance: how do we get there?  

Suitable governance mechanisms, effective and inclusive decision-making processes, an enabling institutional context and finance are critical for implementing, accelerating and sustaining climate responses and Climate Resilient Development.

More information about the conference,  please visit the conference website here.

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