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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  • IPCC special report on 1.5°C
    In 2015 the Paris Agreement, the global compact signed by the governments of the planet to tackle climate change, was agreed. In the negotiated process to reach this agreement some governments still had doubts about the degree of warming that was acceptable and necessary to maintain global development. These governments led by Saudi Arabia, asked the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to undertake a special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels. Recognising as we […]
  • Market based resilience building in Bangladesh
    For the past week I have been visiting the Practical Action programme in Bangladesh to support their work on resilience programming. I attended the wrap up meeting of the GRP Project, worked with the consultant team undertaking the final external evaluation of the project, helped staff in the flood resilience programme design activities for the next phase of the project and attended the meeting of the Markets Development forum. Bangladesh is a relatively young nation achieving independence in 1971 and […]
  • 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 […]
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