For the seventh consecutive year Practical Action was an official observer to the UN Climate Change Conference. Our team was at COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh to ensure that the people we work with on the frontlines of climate change are central to the negotiations, to demonstrate the solutions that are available and bring together the right mix of stakeholders to take these to scale.
For decades we have worked together with communities, governments, civil society, and the private sector to take change from a local level to a national scale and to the world stage. You can learn more about some of these solutions in our programmes and publications below or in the recordings from a range of events we contributed to over the two weeks in Egypt.
Our work with people on the frontlines of climate changeDiscover Practical Action’s transformative solutions. We use alternative thinking and work with communities to build resilience, adapt to climate change, adopt regenerative agriculture at scale, access energy for sustainable livelihoods and manage waste. Building a future that works for people and planet.
Together we supported the official negotiations and were able to share our, and learn from other’s, experiences of developing and implementing solutions for the climate action so urgently needed.
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- Colin McQuistan – Head of Climate and Resilience, UK
- Demet Intepe – Climate and Resilience Officer, UK
- Muna Eltahir – Country Director, Sudan
- Akinyi Walender – Africa Director, Kenya
- Edwin Obiero – West Africa Regional Director, Senegal
- Dharam Uprety – Thematic Lead for Climate and Resilience, Nepal
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Head of Climate and Resilience, UK
As Head of Climate and Resilience Colin plays a key role in shaping Practical Action’s work with communities at risk of climate related natural hazards. He is also a member of the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance Management Team and advocacy work stream. Colin is an experienced COP attendee and observer of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage. At COP27 he can be found observing negotiations, advocating for a functioning Loss and Damage finance mechanism and sharing experiences from Practical Action’s global flood resilience work.
Climate and Resilience Officer, UK
Demet’s work is focused on ensuring that climate adaptation and resilience is embedded across Practical Action’s programmes. With a PhD focused on environmental justice, she is particularly passionate about supporting people worst affected by climate change through programmes that are locally led and inclusive. At COP27, Demet will bring her expertise to help shape the Global Goal on Adaptation. You will also find her in the Locally Led Adaptation Pavilion sharing Practical Action’s experience of working with communities on the frontlines of climate change in Africa.
Country Director, Sudan
Muna joined Practical Action’s team in 2015 with substantial experience in the humanitarian and development fields, gender expertise and a history of women’s rights activism. As our Sudan Country Director, Muna has provided leadership on transformative projects in a country that is particularly vulnerable to climate change. Muna has been pivotal in the success of our award winning work in North Darfur which improves food security and disaster resilience through sustainable management of dryland areas. She will help bring the voices of climate impacted communities into COP27.
Africa Director, Kenya
An experienced development and humanitarian leader, Akinyi joined Practical Action in September 2022 from Cordaid, with a great deal of experience building high impact humanitarian and development programmes in very tough settings. She provides vision and leadership for our work across all our project locations and offices in Africa. Akinyi brings her strong understanding of the regional context to develop strategic partnerships that enable us to deliver for communities on the frontline of climate change and transform the agriculture system for a sustainable future.
West Africa Regional Director, Senegal
Edwin brings a wealth of experience in climate finance consulting and development finance in the Renewable Energy and Climate Change Adaptation space. He has worked in a leading climate advisory firm in Nairobi, UNFCCC and most recently before joining Practical Action in 2021, as Regional Manager at the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund.
Thematic Lead for Climate and Resilience, Nepal
Dharam is the strategic lead for our climate and resilience work in Nepal, developing new business opportunities, providing technical advice and engaging to shape national policy. With a PhD in Natural Resource Management and almost 20 years of experience on disaster risk reduction and climate change he is well placed for this role. Dharam is attending COP27 as an official delegate of the Government of Nepal. He will be engaging in the negotiations utilising his expertise on nature-based solutions, climate adaptation technologies and climate finance.
10 things to know: Gender equality and achieving climate goals
Policy Paper (3 MB)
Agricultural adaptation to climate change
Anchoring loss & damage in enhanced NDCs
Assessing and addressing-climate induced loss and damage in Nepal
Assessing and addressing-climate induced loss and damage in Bangladesh
Baguio City Gender and Inclusion Study: Findings and solutions to inform the Baguio City Smart Flood Early Warning System
Bio-dykes: Working with nature to reduce flood losses
Building flood resilience in vulnerable communities
Coffee agroforestry as a win-win solution in Peru
Community-based land and water management for adaptation at scale in Sudan
Establishing the Santiago Network for Loss and Damage: What We Can Learn from Climate Technology Centre and Network
Gender Transformative Early Warning Systems
Report (30 MB)
Missing Voices Approach Manual: Executive Summary
Practical Action and Early Warning Systems
Report (2 MB)
Review of the Climate Technology Centre and Network: To inform ongoing negotiations to establish the Santiago Network for Loss and Damage
Why do developing countries need support to address loss and damage?