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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  • An Innovative approach to measuring community resilience to flooding
    The Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance Measurement Framework In 2013 the Z Zurich Foundation initiated a global alliance of partners to understand what builds resilience to flooding. This alliance has taken an innovative approach – linking academic insights, humanitarian and development sector capabilities, as well as Zurich’s skills and knowledge – to enhance community resilience to flooding. The alliance includes the Zurich Insurance Company, the Z Zurich Foundation, IFRC, Practical Action, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the […]
  • Making climate Information services work for poor farmers in Africa?
    Next week in Cape Town the African climate and weather forecasting community will gather for the fifth global conference on Climate Information Services (CIS). A conference organised to share knowledge between climatologists, meteorologists and practitioners in key sectors such as agriculture, water, and health etc., sectors that can be better planned and managed if access to up to the minute climate information is available. Over the last decade there has been considerable investment in improving the technology, equipment and capacity […]
  • Can Climate Information Services be mapped? 
    “This is one time where television really fails to capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather”.  Groundhog day 1993 Practical Action has been approached by a consortia of partners to explore the issue of Climate Information Services in West Africa. We have been posed the question “Is it possible to map the Climate Information Services system in the region and would mapping help to make the system work better for rain fed marginalised farmers?” This is partly […]
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