The Nordic Africa Institute


Climate Change Adaptation Under Increasing Climate Risks – National Level Policies, Locally-led Decision Making, Resources

People getting water.

Pastoralists of Marsabit, rural Kenya. Feb 2018. Photo: Kandukuru Nagarjun.

Time • 12 May 2021 13:00 - 14:00
Place • Zoom

Increased occurrence of droughts and floods are escalating climate risks, affecting food and water security in Kenya and East Africa. This webinar will discuss climate change adaptation under increasing climate risks in the region. The concern is that the time available for recovery and rebuilding for the vulnerable communities is decreasing. Within this context, the panel will discuss how to break the cycle of these recurrent climate risks.

Addressing an immediate climate change induced humanitarian crisis and planning for long-term resilience building are both crucial for adaptation action. This webinar will explore whether the increasing demand of addressing the immediate climate change induced humanitarian crises puts pressure on the country’s long-term climate change resilience building planning and resource allocation. Furthermore, are there coordinated efforts among relevant actors in this regard?

Countries have national climate policies, Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), but when it comes to their implementation, especially at local level, there are several challenges. The availability of the resources, mainly climate adaptation finance at local level, and the locally driven decision-making are integral towards achieving climate adaptation. The panel will discuss how climate change adaptation actions at local level can be accelerated in East Africa, by examining the national perspectives as well as local level adaptation mechanisms.


Watch the recorded webinar here:

  • Welcoming remarks by Dr. Therése Sjömander Magnusson, Director, The Nordic Africa Institute.
  • Short round of presentations by panelists.
  • Panel discussion followed by an open Q&A session.
  • Closing remarks by Dr. Shilpa Muliyil Asokan, Senior Researcher, The Nordic Africa Institute.
  • Ulrika Åkesson, Lead Policy Specialist Environment and Climate Change, Sida.
    Ulrika Åkesson has 25 years of experience in development cooperation within the areas of environment and climate change from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. She has experience in developing policies and methods and responding to government requests related to environment and climate change. She is holding the position as the Chair of OECD DAC´s Network on Environment and Development Cooperation (ENVIRONET).
  • Victor Orindi, Coordinator, Adaptation Consortium, Kenya.
    Victor Orindi works on the linkage between climate change and development in developing countries. He has worked as the Coordinator of Adaptation Consortium, based at the National Drought Management Authority, Kenya. The Consortium designed and piloted the County Climate Change Fund (CCCF) mechanism that aims at supporting county governments access climate finance and mainstream climate change into planning and implementation. He has also served as Task Force member that guided the development of the Kenya National Climate Change Action Plan 2013-2017.
  • Dr. Anil Mishra, Chief of Section, Hydrological Systems and Water Scarcity, UNESCO.
    Anil Mishra’s academic, professional, and managerial experiences have spanned over 20 years and has been involved in a number of international scientific research studies, including education, capacity building, international technical co-operation programmes in the fields of hydrology and water resources and adaptation policies in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Caribbean, Arab regions and in the Europe. The recent work focuses on Climate Change impacts on Water Resources.
  • Mohammed Omer Mukhier-Abuzein, Regional Director, Africa, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
    Mohammed Omer Mukhier-Abuzein has 30 years of experience in humanitarian operations management, development work, organizational representation, and strategic leadership. In his previous role at IFRC, he led programmes on disaster risk reduction, community resilience, climate change management, agriculture, food security, nutrition, community-driven development, livelihoods, and capacity building. Prior to joining the IFRC, Mohammed contributed to the humanitarian and development work of many institutions.


Dr. Shilpa Muliyil Asokan, Senior Researcher, The Nordic Africa Institute.Shilpa Muliyil Asokan is a climate change and sustainable development researcher specializing on climate change adaptation, climate resilience and integrated water resources management. She has research experience in the field of climate and water in Africa, South Asia, Lower Mekong Region, Aral Sea region of Central Asia and Mediterranean region.

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