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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  • 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 […]
  • Financial capital and development, where’s the problem?
    When Fritz Schumacher wrote “Small is Beautiful” he used the book to highlight two key challenges. The first that traditional development wasn’t working, he highlighted that it was failing to overcome pervasive and underlying challenges and second, that the economic assumptions guiding this development were flawed. He argued eloquently for a new approach to development, an economic development model in which finite resources were recognised and that the aim wasn’t capital accumulation but human wellbeing. Development in which people not […]
  • Flood Resilience Program extended for five more years
      Practical Action and partners will continue to work to develop solutions for community flood resilience and provide robust evidence for investment in pre-event resilience-building under a new five-year grant from Zurich. In July 2013 Practical Action signed a memorandum of understanding with the Z Zurich Foundation for a five-year programme aimed at building the flood resilience of vulnerable communities in Nepal and Peru as part of a multi-sectoral Alliance of partners. In December 2017, we received the excellent new […]
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