COP28 South Asia Regional Resilience Hub
The COP28 South Asia Regional Resilience Hub is led by the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD). The South Asia Regional Hub is delivering a programme of in-person and virtual engagements to bring the local voice to the global stage from May to November 2023.
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The Regional Resilience Hubs play a crucial role of ensuring the voices and perspectives of traditionally under-represented communities are amplified and heard. They play a central role in illuminating and communicating regional priorities, actions, solutions and challenges on the global stage at COP27.
The interactive and engaging sessions from the South Asia Regional Resilience Hub Virtual Sessions produced a set of powerful key messages, giving a vivid idea of the challenges faced and the aspirations of the communities in the region, already dealing with the impacts of climate change.
We also commissioned a series of cartoons to capture the key findings, discussions and challenges which you can view here in addition to social media cards you can use to spread awareness of the South Asia Resilience Hub.
Some of the key messages include:
- When communities build from within, their collective capabilities improve and the nature of their relationship with the outside changes.
- Preparedness starts long before a crisis and hence building organizational resilience long before can reduce loss and damage.
- Strategic finance can transform existing structures and relationships, redistribute power amongst local actors and keep the community at the heart of their own development.
Programme of Events
The South Asia Regional Hub will draw from key messages emerging from the Resilience Hub at COP27. It will open spaces for local knowledge and experience on adaptation and mitigation to engage with external professional knowledge and experience, led by local champions based on their lived experiences.
The Hub will also provide opportunities for (organized) constituencies living and working in vulnerable geographies to build their individual and organizational capacity to participate, engage and lead the discussions on locally led adaptation. It will provide opportunities for climate professionals, policy makers, researchers, scientists and academia to listen to local experiences by local champions and understand geographically specific adaptive strategies.
Gobeshona provides an opportunity to bring together a distinguished and multidisciplinary group of scholars, policy-makers, researchers and practitioners from around the world to share their knowledge, research, and practical experiences on climate change issues with a broad range of themes, focusing on Locally – Led Adaptation Action (LLA) across different geographical regions.
The CBA conference series’ primary objective was to bring together a community of practitioners with a shared vision of reinventing solutions that generate transformative outcomes. ICCCAD actively engaged and took advantage of the chance to advertise the South Asia Regional Resilience Hub event.
ICCCAD brought together a broad and lively group of participants by using this interactive environment, facilitating collaboration and knowledge sharing for enhancing resilience in the South Asia Region. ICCCAD shared a brochure which included a registration link to further engage in activities and to provide the interested attendees the main concept of an event hosted under the Resilience Hub, also another brochure including key messages from the last year’s South Asia Regional Resilience Hub.
See key takeaways from CBA17 here (IIED).
During October the South Asia Regional Resilience Hub activities are planned, together with a few chosen co-hosts. These events, which were virtually put on by ICCCAD in association with the co-host companies, are essential to realising the ultimate goal of the Resilience Hub. The views and opinions of the most vulnerable and climate-affected populations are their main areas of concentration. These activities intend to steer the global resilience agenda for the following ten years. They will successfully communicate regional priorities, actions, answers, and issues to a global scale by acting as a centralising platform. The goal is to make sure that in defining the global climate resilience strategies, the urgent issues and experiences of the South Asian region are heard.
- To share best practice and build collaboration, momentum and new opportunities on adaptation and resilience.
- To help amplify messages on resilience and adaptation at COP28 and beyond.
- To help set the direction for future action on adaptation and resilience.
The Regional Hub will be on people & building the resilience of climate vulnerable communities by:
- Breaking down silos
- Working with nature
- Building resilient livelihoods and businesses
- Helping increase the quantity & quality of finance
- Putting knowledge into use
- Bringing in climate justice
The conference is divided into four main tracks: communities and economies, cities and infrastructure, land and food, and energy systems and industry. The objective is to offer contributions that are region-specific in order to inform the global inventory and inspire immediate climate action.
In order to capitalise on the findings of the roundtable discussions and events hosted by the South Asia Regional Resilience Hub, ICCCAD will take part, informing COP28 discussions and presenting the outcomes of the South Asia Regional Resilience Hub.
Partners & co-hosts
The South Asia Regional Resilience Hub is led by the ICCCAD. Through partnering with the South Asia Regional organizations selected to co-host a series of virtual events to engage lesser heard and underrepresented constituencies to amplify their voices and key messages in the run up to COP28. These events were co-developed with community leaders, as well as grassroots- and community-level organisations, to ensure that these stakeholders were in the driver’s seat of the discussions that took place.
Previous partners included:
- Cambridge Global Challenges and Society for Environment and Human Development (SEHD)
- Huairou Commission
- Jhenaidah city-wide peoples’ network,
Platform of Community Action and Architecture
- Desert and Rural Development (DARD) Organization
- Roshan Samajh Development Organization (RSDO)
- Mehran Education Health Welfare Association (MEHWA)
- Belmont Forum, Indian Institute of Public Health (IIPH), TAPESTRY
- Normisjon (Norway)
- Club of Rome
- University of Sussex (UK), Durham University (UK)
Mahila Housing Trust (MHT) with support from SELCO Foundation is promoting energy efficient home-based livelihood practices under its Sustainable Housing Programme. Click here to watch: MHT’s Sustainable Housing Programme
In Jhenaidah, a secondary city in the Southwest of Bangladesh with a population of 250,000 in an area of 32 sq.km, a workshop was arranged by various active groups and youths to engage with the diversity and energy of the city. Watch here: CAN Co Create Jhenaidah City
The Sundarbans. The world’s largest mangrove forest. A source of livelihood to millions. A provider and a protector. Over the last few decades, cyclones, erosions, and tidal surges have been intensifying. For the communities around the Sundarbans, a slow disaster has been unfolding as salinisation spreads further and further inland. Watch here.
The impacts of climate change are evident on the social, economic and political spheres of the least developed and developing nations, and Bangladesh is no exception. Read here.
Read here about Community perceptions about social research in informal settlements.
Read here why Karachi floods when it rains.
Read here how hunger for development leaves Bajhang in disarray.