How to achieve climate action?

What does the implementation of ‘SDG 13 Climate Action’ mean in practice and what is needed for this? Reaching this goal not only depends on science and technologies, but maybe more so on human behaviour and collaboration between stakeholders across different levels and scales.

Organised by Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation

Thu 24 November 2016

Venue Wageningen University: Orion building

In this seminar we will question the fundamental and transformational changes required in structures and processes that govern how climate adaptation occurs.  Are ongoing climate change discussions taking us to a good future? Are the negotiations and implementation inclusive? What needs to change in the existing climate change governance to ensure a brighter future for humanity?

Please join us for this interactive seminar, where several speakers from Wageningen University and Research, Oxfam GB and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia will reflect on the disconnect between international efforts and local implementation issues, its impact on multilateral climate change negotiations and the need for transformational change.

More information about the speakers:

Daniel Morchain, Oxfam GB, UK

Daniel is Oxfam GB's climate change adaptation and resilience adviser. He provides support in the design and implementation of programmes in countries across the globe. He is also the co-Principal Investigator in the 'Adaptation at Scale in Semi Arid Regions' (ASSAR) project, leading the Research-into-Use element. He is a firm believer in that climate change adaptation without transformation is dangerous, short-sighted and it can even be unethical. He obtained a Masters' degree on Environmental Management & Policy from Lund University (Sweden) and has completed graduate courses at the UN University in Tokyo and at the University of London's School of African and Oriental Studies.

Hans Bolscher, Ministry of Economic Affairs

Hans (1960) is a Dutch economist and senior consultant in the field of climate, climate finance and (renewable) energy. He is the former director Climate and Industry at the Ministry of Environment and former Director at Economic Affairs at the Dutch government, as such responsible for national and international climate and renewable energy policy development. Hans has a long background in international development, amongst others as former founder of FairTrade (FLO). Since over 25 years he is deeply involved in the discussions on environment, climate, energy and finance related issues. Hans is the last 7 years working as senior consultant, advising EC, governments and development banks on policies, ex ante and ex post policy amongst others some leading European projects on climate finance and financing RES projects. Hans is also Chair of the non-executive board for 3 renewable energy companies.

Hans has started his career in Africa (Sudan/Uganda) as project leader for MSF (Médecins Sans Frontiers) and later in the management team for IDA, a Pharmaceutical company for the developing world. He lived and worked for several years in Africa. He has since the ‘80s operated in managing positions or as project leader on mainstreaming environmental and development issues on the cutting edge between Business and Sustainability. Also his education (both development and business economist, Free University Amsterdam), reflects this dual approach. In 2002 he moved for a government position, first as director for the Immigration Service (IND), then as Director for Climate and Industry for the Ministry for Environment (VROM) and as Director for CCS for the Ministry of Economic Affairs. In both positions working intensively with industry and financial sector on climate (finance), energy, energy markets and renewable energy policies. Hans is currently working a senior partner at Trinomics, he recently conducted several key investigations on climate finance and energy for EC and several European governments. He is a leading international expert on finance for climate, renewable energy and innovation. Hans is often asked to chair and/or moderate conferences and workshops. Next to fluency in Dutch, English, German and French, he has a working knowledge of Portuguese and Spanish.

Lisa Gittos, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia

Ms Gittos is a climate change negotiator and policy officer at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia. As a negotiator in the UN climate change process, Ms Gittos has represented Australia at several international and regional negotiations including COP21 in Paris and COP22 currently taking place in Marrakech. Her areas of expertise in the negotiations are adaptation, capacity building and gender. In addition to the negotiations, Ms Gittos has worked for several years on climate policy in the Pacific and manages a capacity building program that aims to increase role of women in negotiations and climate-related decision making processes. Ms Gittos has also worked on Australia’s domestic climate change policies.

Jan Verhagen, Wageningen University & Research

Jan Verhagen currently works at Wageningen University & Research on methodology development and design of sustainable agricultural production systems to address development and climate change issues. This includes quantifying vulnerability of production and farm household systems and linking farmers with markets in the context of sustainable production and poverty alleviation. Verhagen have been advisor on climate change and represented the Netherlands at various national and international climate change related occasions. He represented the WEOG in the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG) providing technical guidance and support and advice to the least developed countries on adaptation issues. In this capacity he has been involved in the execution of the National Adaptation Plans of Action and more recently as LEG member shaped the National Adaptation Plan process. From 2011 until 2015 I was the Dutch co-chair with Canada of the Inventories and Measurements group of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases, addressing the role of agriculture in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Interaction with policy makers and other end users is an essential part of his activities. He is a generalist in soil science, agronomy and ecology and am experienced in providing practical solution to complex issues requiring integration of knowledge on various fields.