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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  • Is the snail accelerating?
    With the first week of the conference done and dusted, where are we in negotiations? In September I wrote about the Government of Fiji’s ambition[1] for the 23rd session of the Conference of Parties (COP23) to the Paris Agreement to tackle climate change. The first week of the conference is now over and the high level segment is about to begin. So are we any closer to a comprehensive deal to tackle climate change? A deal that needs to reduce […]
  • Why the snail’s pace on tackling Loss and Damage?
    We may all be sailing on the same ocean, living together in the same canoe, but it’s clear not everyone has their hands on the rudder. OR Can the five year work plan of the Warsaw International Mechanism deliver for Loss and Damage and Sustainable Development? This week representatives from around the world gather in Bonn, Germany for the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), known informally as COP23. The president of […]
  • International Day for Disaster Reduction #IDDR2017
    International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) held every 13th October, celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters. Read more about International Day for Disaster Reduction and our work here: https://practicalaction.org/drr-2017 “The link between climate change and the devastation we are witnessing is clear, and there is a collective responsibility of the international community to stop this suicidal development” Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General on recent visit to the Caribbean. In 2017 IDDR once […]
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