The 2015-16 El Niño event was amongst the strongest recorded since the 1950's, resulting in exacerbated drought in Southern Africa and Southeast Asia, whilst simultaneously intensifying rainfall in parts of Eastern Africa and South America. This considerably impacted human communities and ecosystems across the Equatorial Pacific, particularly amongst low and middle-income countries.
In response, NERC and DfID developed the "Understanding the Impacts of the Current El Niño Event" research programme, with the end goal of increasing resilience to similar climate events in the future. Through fourteen individual, and four synthesis projects, this programme investigated the effects of the El Niño on livelihoods, food security, ecosystem services, disease vectors, and key infrastructure across twelve affected countries.
The Building Resilience to the Impacts of El Niño event will present the lessons learned from this large, multi-institution programme; bringing together policy makers, practitioners, and researchers to ensure these findings contribute to the development of practical approaches to building resilience to future El Niño events.
The event will feature presentations and panel discussions addressing the themes of:
Speakers and panellists will include:
Throughout the day, opportunities for cross-sector networking will be accompanied by installations created by each project team. During this time, attendees are encouraged to take part in interactive sessions addressing the themes of:
Following the event, discussions on these themes will be synthesized by programme researchers and policy makers and contribute to academic literature and policy briefs. Participant input will further feed into blog posts, articles, and multimedia outputs, to share the event’s discussions with a wider audience.
Fee: Free, thanks to generous additional contributions from the event funders.
Includes refreshments, lunch, and drinks reception (Full registration cost subsidized by NERC/DfID)
For further information please contact Annalyse Moskeland at firstname.lastname@example.org.