The research agenda is huge. We will discuss issues such as:
- How can building livelihood resilience help minimize avoidable L&D?
- How can unavoidable L&D be addressed without undermining livelihood resilience?
- What limits exist in different parts of the world?
- What are tipping points and how can we detect them?
- How can migration and insurance mechanisms help address the issue?
Policy relevant research
At the global climate summit COP22 in Morocco in December 2016, the answers and solutions will be reviewed. The Resilience Academies aim to provide answers and feed in policy-relevant research. The organizers of the Resilience Academies have taken part in COPs on a regular base since the first climate summit 1995. This puts the participants in a unique position to find feasible proposals. The bigger aim of course is to protect the world and its most vulnerable people against dangerous climate change impacts.
The Resilience Academy 2015 will take place at HOPE Foundation 40km north of Dhaka. Fees for the stay go to the foundation and support their work on sustainable development, community health and community based disaster management programs in rural Bangladesh.
A field trip to the community in Singpur in the Kishorgonj District complements the program. The village was selected as one of the seven project sites for the Gibika research to action project. Singpur is located in a flood prone area and is facing severe riverbank erosion. The community is losing a worrying amount of land every year, which results in higher population density and increases the risk of sanitation and health related problems. To protect the community from flooding, a massive protection wall was established by CARE International through funding from DFID. The wall helps protecting one side of the village against riverbank erosion, but the other side is slowly being eaten up by the river. Most people in Singpur depend on natural resource-based livelihoods such as fishing and farming. The participants of the Resilience Academy get the chance for a reality-check on the ground. They also get an idea what should be changed for better living quality. This is in line with the Munich Re Foundation motto “from knowledge to action”.
CB, 4 September 2015