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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  • 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% […]
  • Enhancing Flood Resilience through Livelihood adaptation
    “The 2014 flood was worse than the 2009 flood but the loss and damage was less because people had learned from the earlier event.” Dinanath Bhandari I am currently visiting the Practical Action Nepal flood resilience project in the western region, which has been supported by the Z Zurich foundation for the last five years. The project is working in 74 flood vulnerable communities adjacent to the Karnali River, located in the Terai plains, the flat lands that connect Nepal […]
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