The meeting brought together roughly 8,000 attendees, including geographers, GIS specialists, and other environmental scientists, and took place from March 23-27th. The theme for this year’s gathering was “Toward More Just Geographies.” CAP/RISA network members organized sessions and presented papers on topics ranging from decolonizing conservation, to the power and politics of the production of climate knowledge, to community-based hazard mitigation and adaptation planning, among others.
Genie Bey organized a panel session titled “Bringing equity in climate adaptation partnerships: challenges and opportunities”, which featured 5 panelists from different CAP/RISA teams across the nation: Robin Leichenko representing the Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN), Christina Greene representing Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS), Katie Clifford representing Western Water Assessment (WWA), Elizabeth Figus representing the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment & Policy (ACCAP), and Zack Thill representing the Northwest Climate Resilience Collaborative (NCRC). The panel explored the challenge of integrating equity into the development and delivery of climate services broadly, as well as the challenges that each panelist faces conducting climate adaptation research and engagement work in their respective regions, specifically when working with frontline communities. The group discussed how we can contextualize the “climate information” of climate services such that this information is usable to frontline communities, and explored which type of climate adaptation decisions these services should be aiming to address. The panel then touched on strategies to better direct resources to frontline communities that have been typically excluded from climate service funding opportunities in the past, what types of ethical principles should guide our engagements with frontline communities, and the role that geography as a discipline can play in advancing equity within these contexts.
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