Speaker Series: A heated debate: must the rich help the poor adapt to climate change?

   17th October 2019 13:00 - 15:00, 17th October 2019 15:00

Florian Weiler: A heated debate: must the rich help the poor adapt to climate change?

Adaptation aid, i.e. contributions of donor countries to aid recipients to combat the effects of climatic changes, are on the rise. The reason behind this is the agreement, established in 2009 at the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP15) in Copenhagen, that by 2020 US$ 100 billion in climate aid should be flowing from rich donors to poor recipients. While in the first years most contributions went to mitigation, in later years ever more of the flows were earmarked for adaptation, as it becomes increasingly clear that certain levels of climatic changes are no longer avoidable, and the poorest countries are often hit hardest by said changes (while being least responsible for them). This talk will investigate, on the one hand, whether the adaptation aid flows really go to the countries most in need (the recipient side), whether the donors combined and individually contribute their fair share (the donor side), but also the relationship of the new form of climate aid with more conventional development aid. Finally, we will have a look at aid coordination, i.e. are the decisions of donors to allocate aid independent of each other, or do rich countries coordinate/herd their contributions?

Short bio: Florian Weiler is a Senior Researcher at the University of Basel. Previously he was Assistant Professor for Quantitative Methods at the University of Kent (2016-2017) and post-doctoral researcher at the University of Bamberg (2013-2016). He completed his PhD in 2013 at ETH Zurich. Florian's work is currently mostly focused on environmental issues on the one hand, and on the behaviour and strategies of interest groups on the other.

Venue: MTA Humán Tudományok Kutatóháza PTI Körtárgyaló 1097 Budapest, Tóth Kálmán u. 4. T.2.28.