The time for waiting is over. Practical Action was at COP27 to deliver now.
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.
More and Better Climate Finance
Wealthy countries have repeatedly failed to deliver on their commitment to provide $100 billion per year in climate finance. More finance is needed in the shape of grants – not loans – from the countries who can afford it and who have done the most to cause climate change. At least half of global climate finance should be invested in helping people on the frontlines of climate change to adapt.
Promote Locally Led Adaptation
People living on the frontlines of climate change often know best what they need and how they could adapt but lack the resources to take action. More support is needed for these communities, and they need to be leading on what this support should look like. Achieving this needs to be central to the shaping of the Global Goal on Adaptation and its expected outcomes.
Address Loss and Damage
Currently it’s the poorest, most vulnerable people who have done the least to cause global warming who are left paying the bill when their homes are destroyed in floods, or their fields left dry for years. We need a global agreement, and functioning mechanisms that ensure that those responsible for climate change help pay for the losses and damages it is causing to the world’s poorest.
A Comprehensive and Inclusive Stocktake
The first global stocktake on the implementation of the Paris Agreement is underway and due at COP28 in 2023. It’s vital that a wide range of voices are heard in the process. To comprehensively measure progress and identify where more work is needed, the stocktake must focus on a wide range of climate actions including mitigation, adaptation, Loss and Damage and finance, as well as technology transfer, capacity building and localised delivery.
Take Action To Limit Global Warming
We are currently seeing the effects of 1.1 degrees of global warming, and the world is on track for 3 degrees by the end of the century. To avoid even more catastrophic consequences, climate action must be radically scaled up and deep decarbonisation of the global economy is needed to cut emissions in line with the 1.5 degree target agreed in Paris in 2015.
Invest in People and the Planet
Nature-based approaches like protecting ecosystems, restoring degraded lands and mainstreaming sustainable land management can be key to climate change mitigation and adaptation. This is provided their development, implementation and ownership are grounded in local context and inclusive of marginalised groups, like women and indigenous people.
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.
Practical Action events at COP27
To Many the Climate Negotiations Appear To Be Stuck, How Do We Unlock Progress on Loss and Damage?
Room Memphis (300)
Thursday 17th November 18:30-20:00 EET
Practical Action joined forces with CLX, Germanwatch and Union of Concerned Scientists to host this official UNFCCC side event, chaired by our Head of Climate and Resilience Colin McQuistan. With negotiations at COP so far failing to deliver we brought together representatives from climate impacted communities, experts and climate lawyers to explore whether climate litigation provides an alternative avenue to achieve progress on Loss and Damage.
Catch up on the official UNFCCC YouTube channel
Blending people’s participation and nature-based approaches for enhancing community resilience
Locally Led Adaptation Pavilion
Wednesday 16 November 16:30-17:30 EET
Akinyi Walender, Africa Director, and Colin McQuistan, Head of Climate and Resilience joined this event to explore how local community participation is crucial for implementing nature based solutions and strengthening socio-ecological resilience to climate related hazards.
Showcasing sustainability success stories: Lessons from Africa
Tuesday 15th November 15:00-15:45 EET
Our Sudan Director Muna Eltahir contributed to a discussion on opportunities for organisations and businesses to accelerate sustainable development in Africa, sharing examples from our programmes in the region.
Solutions Workshop on Waste Management in Africa
UCLGA Solutions Pavilion
Tuesday 15th November, 10:30-12:30 EET
Practical Action was invited to this workshop hosted by United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLGA) to identify solutions for challenges of waste management in Africa where much waste is still openly dumped or burned. Our Africa Director Akinyi Walender shared the findings from our report Managing our Waste 2021 and calling for a people-centred approach to the waste crisis.
Practical Action has signed up to the Multi-Stakeholder Partnership for Eliminating Open Waste Burning from Africa which launched at this event. We are joining as a champion for action, and with an aim to ensure inclusion of community groups and informal waste workers as central to making progress.
Blue Zone – Stand 38
Monday 14th – Tuesday 15th November
Our stand in the Adaptation, Resilience and Loss and Damage area of the exhibition space gave COP attendees an opportunity to learn more about Practical Action, what we were calling for from decision makers at COP27, and to discuss innovative opportunities for climate action together with some of the world’s most climate change impacted communities.
African Cities Water Adaptation Launch
Building Urban Water Resilience in Africa: Accelerating Investment and Catalyzing Action
Multi-Level Action Pavilion at COP27, Blue Zone and online
Monday 14 November 10:00-12:00 EET
We joined the launch of the African Cities Water Adaptation Platform (ACWA Platform), a pan-African initiative to catalyse water-resilient African cities. Practical Action are proud to endorse the platform and committed to address the water challenges facing urban communities across Africa, particularly from the perspective of community resilience and locally-led adaptation.
Catalyzing Innovative Finance for Strengthened Water Resilience in African Cities
Lotus Action Room, Action Zone, Blue Zone and online
Monday 14 November 15:00-16:30 EET
This 2030 Implementation Lab elevated many innovative financing solutions that are being developed by state and non-state actors and launched the African Cities Water Adaptation Fund.
Accelerating gender-just climate leadership Part 2: Gender responsive implementation
UK Pavilion and online
Monday 14 November, 10:40-11:30 EET
Men and women experience climate impacts in different ways. Women’s many roles in society and families make them particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. But women also hold many of the solutions. In this session our Climate and Resilience Officer Demet Intepe was invited alongside other practitioners and policy makers to share examples of how gender can and should be integrated in climate policy. Demet’s contribution built on Practical Action’s submission to the UNFCCC report Dimensions and examples of the gender-differentiated impacts of climate change, the role of women as agents of change and opportunities for women.
Highlighting Loss and Damage to Water and Sanitation Infrastructure due to various hazards in Bangladesh
Friday 11th November, 15:30 EET
Bangladesh is one of the world’s most climate vulnerable countries, increasingly intense and unpredictable weather events are causing losses and damages to people’s homes, livelihoods and infrastructure. Our Head of Climate and Resilience, Colin McQuistan joined this session to share the experiences of people in the flood prone communities we work with and highlight some of the solutions we’re working on to build community flood resilience.
The Role and Limits of Humanitarian Action in the Face of Rising Losses and Damages
Room 5 (300)
Thursday 10th November, 18:30-20:00 EET
Efforts to address climate-related losses and damages to date have been highly insufficient, and national and international humanitarian response systems are already overstretched and underfunded. This United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change side event organised by the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance and built on experiences and research carried out by Practical Action and other Alliance partners.
Watch recording on the official UNFCCC YouTube channel
The Power of Inclusion: Designing Equitable Energy Systems Across Social Divisions
Maritim Jolie Ville Resort and Casino, Sharm El Sheikh
Thursday 10th November, 16:00-17:20 EET
This session hosted as part of the Climate Compatible Growth Programme at COP27 focused on how inclusion is key to equitable energy transition. Our West Africa Director Edwin Obiero had a wealth of examples to draw from based on Practical Action’s long standing work enabling inclusive energy access, including for refugees and their host communities and supporting women entrepreneurs and last mile distributors.
How can we scale youth enterprise solutions for climate justice?
Sharm El-Sheikh (invitation only) and online
Thursday 10 November 14:30-16:00 EET
Business Fights Poverty Climate Justice 2022 was a hybrid, inclusive and interactive event bringing together business, civil society, and government actors who are passionate about climate justice. This session was hosted with the Corporate Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School, Change by Degrees, and Injaaz Egypt. It explored the practical solutions being developed by inspiring young entrepreneurs that help vulnerable people adapt to and mitigate the risks of climate change. Our West Africa Director Edwin Obiero lead a discussion on promising solutions and ways to overcome challenges for implementation.
Science for adaptation action: building climate resilience through weather and climate services
Thursday 10 November, 13:30-14:30 EET
This panel discussion hosted by the UK Government brought together leading experts to discuss how weather and climate services can inform climate adaptation action. Dharam Uprety, Thematic Lead for Climate and Resilience at Practical Action Nepal brought his expertise on local adaptation, disaster risk reduction and early warning system. He shared examples of impact and learning from Practical Action’s decades long work in Nepal to develop community centred early warning systems.
Where are the gaps in business leadership for climate justice?
Sharm El-Sheikh (invitation only) and online
Wednesday 9 November 14:30-16:00 EET
Business Fights Poverty Climate Justice 2022 was a hybrid, inclusive and interactive event bringing together business, civil society, and government actors who are passionate about climate justice. This session focused on what more businesses can do to support climate justice. It was hosted by Meta and our Africa Director Akinyi Walender was in Sharm El-Sheikh to facilitate discussions on current gaps and possible solutions.
Why Is Locally Led Adaptation Fundamental to Achieving the Global Goal on Adaptation?: A Practitioners’ Perspective With Examples From Africa
Locally Led Adaptation Pavilion, Blue Zone
Wednesday 9th November, 11:00-12:30 EET
Moderator: Demet Intepe (Practical Action UK)
Speakers: Emilie Beauchamp (IISD), Sandeep Chamling Rai (WWF), Nisha Krishnan (WRI), Edwin Obiero (Practical Action West Africa)
Practical Action brought together practitioners and adaptation experts to explore opportunities and gaps around Locally Led Adaptation in the Global Goal for Adaptation process. We used examples of locally led adaptation actions across Africa to discuss how communities can effectively adapt to climate change and what additional financial and technical support is needed to achieve this.
Blended Finance Solutions and Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships To Scale Urban Water Resilience
Water and Climate Pavilion
Tuesday 8th November, 12:00-13:30 EET
Colin McQuistan joined the World Resource Institute hosted session to share insights from Practical Action’s work as a member of the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance. Colin’s contribution focussed on how we are using the Flood Resilience Measurement for Communities to facilitate community leadership in our disaster risk reduction and climate change resilience work.
Meet the Team
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
See our media contacts below
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.
Our Media Contacts
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?