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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  • Resilience in the face of increasing risk and uncertainty
    Practical Action’s strategic plan 2017-2020 states “Our vision is for a world where all people have access to the technologies that enable them to meet their basic needs and reach their potential, in a way that safeguards the planet today, and for future generations”. But with development gains being eroded by natural hazards, I sometimes wonder if we are fighting a losing battle? According to the Economist, there are now 400 extreme weather events every year, four times as many […]
  • Ecosystems underpin Sustainable Development
    There is incredible generosity in the potentialities of Nature. We only have to discover how to utilize them. E. F. Schumacher Practical Action have just attended the 11th international conference on Community Based Adaptation (CBA) a global platform of practitioners at which Practical Action country staff can share lessons learned and knowledge from our projects while also networking, sharing and exchanging ideas with practitioners working around the world. This year staff from Nepal, Bangladesh and Peru[i] were able to attend […]
  • Flood Resilience in Practice the potential for gaming
    In June 2017 at the 11th international conference on Community Based Adaptation (CBA11) Practical Action and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Environment and Disaster Management (EDM) program collaborated to present a session on Community Based Adaptation exploring with practitioners the linkage between flood risk and heathy ecosystems, using a game. This game builds on Practical Action’s extensive experience on flood risk management, early warning systems and participatory flood resilience building, combined with WWF’s expertise on ecosystem and nature based approaches. […]
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