Colin McQuistan DRR and Climate Change

Colin McQuistan is the Senior Advisor on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction. He has worked extensively on issues related to poverty, inequality and unlimited growth on a finite planet. His main areas of interest are in systems approaches, the role of technology, complexity, resilience and the growing challenge of Climate Change. 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 response to the challenge of climate change focused on the shared resources of the Mekong River. 

Colin is a co-chair of the U.K. Inter-agency Resilience Learning group; a diverse network coordinated by DFID and BOND made up of over 100 representatives of civil society, academia and the private sector to explore the challenge of resilient development. He is also a steering committee member of the Rockefeller Community of Practice on measuring resilience; a global network supporting the advancement of methods to measure resilience. He has also provided technical support to the WaterWindow - the flood component of the Global Resilience Partnership - as well as having been a technical reviewer of the Rockefeller Resilience Dividend Valuation Model. 

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  • Technology for Development
    Why is technology justice central to international development? As history demonstrates, technology provides a catalyst for change. Practical Action has been working on flood Early Warning Systems (EWS) for over ten years and we have seen not only technology adoption taking place but also social change occurring. At the Technology for Development conference the focus is very much on the former, but in my active participation and interaction with the conference delegates I am interested to explore the latter. Looking […]
  • The Climate Damages Tax, an idea whose time has come!
    Pollution must be brought under control and mankind’s population and consumption of resources must be steered towards a permanent and sustainable equilibrium. E.F Schumacher, Small is Beautiful: Economics as if people mattered. According to the last global review[1] Natural Hazards resulted in 9,503 deaths, 96 million people being affected, and economic costs in excess of US$314 billion. Weather-related events were responsible for the majority of both human and economic losses. Almost 90% of the deaths in 2017 were due to climatological, […]
  • Women as a force to build resilience
    Many risk drivers are created by development choices at global or national levels, but all are manifested at the local level, so local people must be central to risk reduction practice. But it is important to recognise that in these communities it is the disabled, elderly, women and girls who are the most at risk. For example, women accounted for 61% of fatalities caused by Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar in 2008, 70-80% in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and 91% […]
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