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COP26 Day 8 – Adaptation, Loss and Damage

Climate change could push over 100 million people into poverty by 2030. We must adapt our economies and societies to prevent this and seize the opportunity of a more resilient future. Cutting emissions is critical, but not enough.

Today at COP26, will hear from local community representatives, experts and government ministers about the impact of extreme weather, environmental degradation and rising sea levels and what is being done to adapt.
Together we will accelerate progress on adaptation, loss and damage.

The headline event of the presidency programme is Ministerial on Adaptation Action – giving leaders a space to respond to the impacts of climate change. Governments will need to develop forward looking policies and programmes to protect people, their societies, economies and ecosystems. This headline event will bring together Ministers and leaders to commit to building this more climate resilient future and to demonstrate how they will contribute.

Events throughout the day in the Presidency Programme include Exploring Loss and Damage, Building a Climate Resilient Future and Adaptation Fund Contributor Dialogue. This Dialogue will demonstrate the benefits of the Adaptation Fund and the projects it supports.

You can watch the events live here COP26 – YouTube

And catch up on past events here UNFCCC – COP26 (streamworld.de)

Within the North East, Northumbria University is leading global research from their Disaster and Development Network (DDN). The Network undertakes research, teaching and learning activities that encompass disaster reduction, sustainable development and resilience building. A DDN Impact Case Study was selected within the top 20 most impressive examples of UK Research Contributing to Development. You can find out more here.

Northumbria University are also working closely with Northumberland County Council on artificial intelligence to assess flood impact in rural areas and on a larger scale, the Thwaites Glacier study at the university looks at the impact of glacier collapse on a global sea level. You can learn more about the aims of the project and how it’s extensive data collection and analysis can forecast the future evolution of the glacier and it’s contribution to sea level rise here.

In an adaptive response to the changing North East climate and rising risk of floods, Defra and Environment Agency have funded a runoff and water quality project, inspired by the childhood game, ‘Kerplunk’. Led by Tyne Rivers Trust and developed from Newcastle University research, the project is being used to slow the flow of water, reduce flood risk and improve water quality in a Northumbria River. You can read more here.

Newcastle University have also launched an outdoor ‘living lab’ to explore solutions to city centre flooding which you can read more about here.

In the North East we are already starting to see the impact of extreme weather, environmental degradation and rising sea levels through flash floods. We need to ensure that we have the procedures and infrastructure in place to protect our communities, businesses and homes against the loss and damage these changes could bring.

With that in mind, today’s Lunch and Learn session with NEECCo was presented by Hannah Baker, Programme Manger from Communities Prepared who are within the Federation of Groundwork Trusts.

Communities prepared are a leading a nationwide community resilience programme . They are equipping communities across the country with the knowledge and tools to effectively prepare for, respond to and recover from, emergencies such as flooding, snow, other severe weather events and utility failures. You can watch Hannah’s presentation here.

NEECCo is proud to be partnered with many housing associations within the North East who are already looking at ways they can adapt both their businesses, homes and impact on the community to reduce potential loss and damage through climate change.

Your Homes Newcastle and Thirteen are both committed to environmental sustainability and energy reduction.

Sam Grainger, Head of Environmental Sustainability at Thirteen Group
Jen Vinton, Customer Service Director at Your Homes Newcastle

NEECCo are working closely with Northern Housing Consortium and Low Carbon Homes in a Retrofit Planning Group, looking at how we can adapt existing homes to be more environmentally friendly and energy efficient.

Domestic property energy consumption equates to 14% of the UK carbon emissions. Low Carbon Homes exists to reduce this impact and highlight the wider social and economic benefits of retrofitting existing housing. They aim to unpack the complexities of retrofit-at-scale, reduce confusion and promote action.

In September, in partnership with Northern Housing Consortium, they held the Regional Retrofit Summit in North East, hosted by NEECCo. The 3 day summit featured professionals from housing and energy sectors including NEECCo, BEIS, Gentoo and Sunderland City Council, looking at how the housing market needs to adapt.

Sessions can be viewed on demand by registering here.