By Nick Gilbert
At the Global Adaptation Institute (GAIN)’s 2012 Annual Meeting & Scientific Convening, the main topic was the necessity to adapt to global climate change, which needs realistic solutions and a significant involvement from the private sector.
Dr. Juan José Daboub, GAIN Founding CEO, gives opening remarks the Scientific Convening May 10 at the Carnegie Endowment.
Dr. Juan Jose Daboub, Founding Chief Executive Officer at GAIN, informed that adaptation management will be helpful in understanding the impact of climate change, economic development, changing demographics, varying ecosystems, and population growth on business operations.
Dr. Ian Noble, Chief Scientist at GAIN, also emphasized the need for adaptation in his presentation. Dr. Noble has helped to create the GAIN Index, which defines a country’s vulnerability and readiness to adapt to urbanization, population growth, climate change and other major global issues.
The private sector continues to play a major role in adaptation. GAIN’s Annual Meeting & Scientific Convening was helpful in bringing out novel ideas for new products, services and opportunities to develop resilience against climate change.
Participants in the presentations and panels included PSEG, PepsiCo, NGP Energy Capital Management, Ernst & Young, ERM, Ecolab, CH2M Hill, CDM Smith, Calvert Investments, Black & Veatch, Bentley Systems, Baker & McKenzie, AECOM and more.
AECOM’s Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Gary Lawrence highlighted the necessity investment prioritization in adaptation to reduce risk and achieve the greatest difference. The public sector, civil society and the private sector will team up to improve the lives of people living in developing nations, concluded Dr. Daboub.