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12 November 2022

14:45-15:45 pm (GMT+2)

The side event to introduce the Adaptation Futures 2023 conference (AF2023) in the Canadian Pavilion (in person) at COP27, Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, 12 November 2022, 14h45-15h45 (GMT+2) .  


Adaptation Futures (AF2023) is the premier conference series devoted entirely to climate change adaptation. It has been an essential venue for diverse state- and non-state actors, especially for those in the global South, to identify and implement adaptation solutions over the past decades. Adaptation Futures 2023 will be held in October 2023 in Montréal, Canada and will focus on various issues including placing Indigenous people and local knowledge at the forefront of adaptation efforts, experimenting co-production of knowledge in a hybrid format, and actively pursuing transformative justice and equity in a flagship climate conference at both the global and local scales. The COP27 panel will focus on the design logic and scientific reasoning of AF2023, and will illustrate how we seek to respond to the primary concerns within the adaptation communities. This session will also provide the ideal platform to showcase Canada’s efforts in sustaining the momentum on adaptation action on a global scale, being of particular interest to those in the fields of climate and development.



12 November 2022, 14:45 – 15:45 (GMT+2)

  • Host Welcome:Alain Bourque (Moderator), Executive Director Ouranos and Adaptation Futures 2023 Chair
  • Opening Statements: Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada and Benoit Charette, Minister of the Environment, the Fight against Climate change, Wildlife and Parks
  • An overview of Adaptation Futures, Anand Patwardhan, Professor, School of Public Policy, Van Munching Hall University of Maryland 
  • Adaptation Futures 2023, Alain Bourque, Executive Director Ouranos and Adaptation Futures 2023 Chair
  • AF2023 themes and scientific objectives, Georgina Cundill Kemp, Senior Program Specialist in climate resilience, International Development Research Centre (IDRC) 
  • Re-imagining knowledge mobilization in a carbon-constrained world,  Ying-Syuan (Elaine) Huang, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, McGill University 
  • Q&A


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