Colin McQuistan DRR and Climate Change

Colin McQuistan is the Senior Adviser on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction in the Policy and Practice team. He has worked extensively on issues related to the poverty-dimensions of sustainable development, reduction of disaster risk and adaptation to climate change. His main areas of interest are in systems approaches, complexity, resilience and the challenge of Climate Change. Colin is currently the chair of the DFID resilience learning group a collaborative platform between NGOs’ and DFID to explore issues and promote learning and better understanding of resilience.

He has over 30 years professional experience in the UK and overseas, and spent 19 years living and working in the South East Asian region. This included six years with WWF working with the five host governments of the Greater Mekong Sub-region to coordinate a regional response to the challenge of climate change focused on the shared resources of the Mekong River. Prior to joining Practical Action Colin worked with Oxfam as a global adviser on Climate Change and Agriculture with a special focus on smallholder agriculture in Africa and Asia.

 
 
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  • Now we have ratified the Paris Agreement what next?
    Today, the UK ratified the Paris climate agreement[1]. This means that we join a group of over 110 countries that have so far ratified a global agreement in record time, less than one year since its inception[2]. Last week on the 14th November, the Prime Minister, made a call. She said “Britain has ‘historic chance’ to give leadership to world”[3] Today, in Marrakesh, the climate change negotiations enter their final day, with the negotiations having been laboured unlike in Paris […]
  • Insurance is no silver bullet
    Parties will be leaving Marrakech with plenty of work ahead to enhance action and support in order to address loss and damage. With key decisions now reached, let’s take a moment to look at the main tool in the loss and damage toolbox: insurance. The ability to cope with loss and damage from climate change is going to involve financial mechanisms, including insurance. ECO hopes and expects that many more vulnerable communities will be supported in their efforts to cope […]
  • Why is Loss and Damage critical?
    Or why is Loss and Damage different from Adaptation and Mitigation and why serious political will to integrate Loss and Damage in the global climate regime will be vital for the success of the COP22 climate change negotiations. This week the world gathers in Marrakesh for the 22nd Conference of Parties (COP22). This is the next instalment in the annual climate change negotiations at which governments as parties, alongside observers in the form of academics, NGO’s, civil society, community representatives […]
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