23-24 October - Asheville, NC - PROADAPT will present at the Collider Conference on Climate Risk and Opportunities in the Food and Beverage Industry

The food and beverage industry is uniquely susceptible to the impacts of a changing climate. [Food + Beverage] Collider convenes business leaders, climate companies, adaptation experts, and climate scientists to explore solutions that improve operational resilience and drive market competitiveness.


ADAPTInvest - 16 May 2018 in Panama

In the framework of the first AdaptAmericas conference, we offer a unique opportunity for impact investors to engage with entrepreneurs and businesses who are tackling the climate change impacts in Latin America with innovative solutions. In search of seed capital or financial support entrepreneurs will present their business and/or growth models to impact and social investors, with specific areas of strategic importance in which they seek input.





15-16 May 2018 - Panama

This two-day conference organized by the Inter-American Development Bank will revolve around the question of how the private and public sectors can take advantage of opportunities generated under the context of climate change, while at the same time addressing risks, given the necessity to create more resilient and sustainable economies. AdaptAmericas will bring together different actors to showcase innovative practices and tools being leveraged in a wide range of industries, providing a forum to discuss new ways to build resilience and to successfully adapt to the new normal of the economies under climate change




On March 16th 2018 PROADAPT hosted a conversation in celebration of International Women’s Day to discuss new approaches for promoting gender equality in climate change resilience projects. Presentations included.

W+ Standard:the first global standard that credibly measures the impacts of women’s empowerment at the project level.
Presentation by Jeannette Gurung

• WCIF: the Woman and Climate Impact Fund. It will provide a new source for climate adaptation and mitigation projects that can integrate quantifiable women's empowerment benefits.
Presentation by Lee West

• Gender Assessment Tool: the new PROADAPT Climate Change and Gender Assessment Tool.It provides guidance on how to integrate gender considerations into climate resilience projects as well as outlining some innovative ideas such as climate finance and investments with gender lens and big data.
Presentation by Luis Marquez

Jeannette Gurung, Jeannette has focused on gender equality within climate change-related organizations, both public and private. She is founder and ED of WOCAN, a global network with over 1200 members in 112 countries to support capacity building for women’s leadership and empowerment and gender integration. Jeannette is the innovator of the W+ Standard ™. The W+ was awarded the Momentum for Change Women for Results award by the UNFCCC in 2016. Jeannette has also founded the Women and Climate Impact Fund, to improve the lives of women by mobilizing investments in climate mitigation and adaptation projects that incorporate high levels of gender equality and women’s empowerment. She has a MSc in forestry from the University of Washington, and a PhD in Gender and Development from the University of East Anglia and is i.a. a member of and UNFCCC’s Expert Group on Gender and Climate.

Lee West, Co-Founder, Women and Climate Impact Fund (WCIF), WOCAN is a current and former member of the board of numerous environmental, tech and financial services companies. Lee attended both the University of California at Irvine (UCI) and Los Angeles (UCLA), majoring in Economics.

Luis Marquez has been working for over 11 years in the implementation of gender equality and women's economic empowerment projects, studies, institutional strategies, and strategic partnerships with organizations like the IDB, the MIF, UN Foundation, UN, and the World Bank.

See the PROADAPT study and toolkit on supply chain climate risk, developed by Acclimatise

PROADAPT / Acclimatise Study: Supply Chain Climate Change Risk Assessment

PROADAPT Supply Chain Climate Risk Assessment Tool


Opening speaker - William Alves, Supply Chain Director, Danone Brazil

Keynote speaker - Marina Grossi, CEBDS President - (WBCSD)

Panel discussion: Tools and solutions for climate resilience

  • Moderator: Shoshana Grossman, Lead Americas, Danone Ecosystem Fund

  • Supply chain climate risk assessment: The case of Danone´s Margarita project - Maribel Hernandez, Senior Consultant, Acclimatise

  • The Cool Farm Tool: An innovative, online greenhouse gas, water and biodiversity calculator free for farmers – Axelle Bodoy

  • Danone Brazil GHG and animal welfare baseline – Mateus Paranhos UNESP (TBC)

Panel discussion: Experiences from the field

  • Moderator: Svante Persson, Climate Change Division, Inter-American Development Bank

  • Adapta Sertao Project - Daniele Cessano, Project Technical Coordinator

  • Technoserve Brazil - Mônica Coutinho, Country Coordinator, TNS Brazil

  • A platform to increase financial inclusion of smallholder farmers - Lars Moller, General Director, Ingemann, Nicaragua

Speaker: Investing in climate resilience - Stephane Perrier, Senior Project Coordinator, Livelihoods Funds

Panel Discussion: Current state of climate resilience in farming in Brazil

  • Moderator: Ligia Camargo, Sustainability Head, Danone Brazil

  • Edegar Rosa, Coordinator of the Agriculture and Food Programme, WWF Brazil

  • Tomás Lopes Teixeira, MIF Specialist Brazil, Inter-American Development Bank Group

Group Brainstorm session: Next steps, next frontier, what should be done (Diego)

Wrap-up: Opportunities, key takeaways and next steps (Svante Persson and Shoshana Grossman)

Closing Remarks

Royal Jardins Hotel
Alameda Jaú, 729 - Jardim Paulista, São Paulo - SP, 01420-001, Brazil

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COP23 Resilience as a Business

Acknowledging the pivotal role of the private sector in mainstreaming adaptation and driving the resilience agenda, this panel will bring together corporate stakeholders and private investors to explore how to further develop the business ecosystem and support investable resilience solutions. The panel will look at:

  • How private sector companies can attract financing and investments for their innovative solutions to climate threats

  • How corporations effectively analyze and address risk within their supply chains.

  • How financial institutions and investors can fill the financing gap and identify new investment instruments.


Introductory Remarks by Pasi Hellman, Managing Director , Nordic Development Fund

Moderator: Amal-Lee Amin, Chief, Climate Change and Sustainability Division, Inter-American Development Bank

Panel Discussion:

  • Representative from Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (TBC)

  • Mari Yoshitaka, Chief Consultant of Clean Energy Finance Division, Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Co.Ltd.

  • Barbara Buchner Executive Director of Climate Finance Program, Climate Policy Initiative

  • Jay Koh , Founder and Chair of GARI, and Managing Director of The Lightsmith Group

  • Nik Steinberg,Director Climate Analytics at Four Twenty Seven, Inc.

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Resilience as a Business Presentations

PROADAPT Climate Finance Symposium

Please join thought leaders and practitioners for a discussion of common challenges and emerging investment opportunities in climate resilience in the conference Climate Risk and Investment: Framing Private Challenges and Opportunities. Topics will include examples of resilience investments in selected sectors, evolving investment instruments, models and metrics, developments in climate resilience data, analytics and entrepreneurship, among other issues.

This event is organized by Proadapt, a program of the Multilateral Investment Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank, in partnership with the Nordic Development Fund.




The Symposium Panelists

Symposium Presentations

Investing in Climate Resilience at The Collider in Asheville NC, Thursday 8 December 2016. Co-hosted by the Inter-American Development Bank, Acclimatise, and The Collider

The World Economic Forum has identified the "failure of climate change adaptation and mitigation" as the top global risk in 2016. The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate estimates that about US$90 trillion will be spent on global infrastructure in the next 15 years, much of which will be focused on building resilience and sustainability.

The growing need to better manage risks associated with climate change is also driving robust demand for climate solutions in the form of new analytics, market intelligence, resilient technologies, and financial and investment models that help to frame and manage climate risks. The coming reallocation of capital needed to redress the failure of current climate mitigation and adaptation efforts will further increase the demand for products and services that inform business and civic decisions in the face of increasing climate variability.

The goal of this meeting was to introduce investors to the growth potential in the emerging asset class of climate resilience ventures. To date, the lion's share of "green investing" has focused on clean and renewable energy, energy efficient technologies, and other low carbon projects. Climate resilience has been a difficult concept for many private actors, due to a lack of metrics and inherent uncertainties in the timing and magnitude of climate risks.
Nonetheless, both the public and private sectors are moving to protect assets and continuity in the face of this threat. This meeting will dive more deeply into the potential opportunities presented by climate resilient solutions, bringing together experts from around the globe who are providers of climate products and services, buyers of climate products and services, and the investment community.

Meeting objectives included:

Develop thought leadership on the state of the resilience products and services market and its readiness for different types of investment.

The growing need to better manage risks associated with climate change is also driving robust demand for climate solutions in the form of new analytics, market intelligence, resilient technologies, and financial and investment models that help to frame and manage climate risks. The coming reallocation of capital needed to redress the failure of current climate mitigation and adaptation efforts will further increase the demand for products and services that inform business and civic decisions in the face of increasing climate variability.

Understand The Collider and how it is accelerating innovation in climate solutions.
Explore investment opportunities and actions that are possible now.

COP22 en Marrakech, Mororcco, November 7-18, 2016

At COP22, GARI, of which the Proadapt Program and MIF are members, released Bridging the Adaptation Gap, a discussion paper focused on (1) Approaches to Measurement of Physical Climate Risk and (2) Examples of Investment in Climate Adaptation and Resilience” and summarizes the discussions of over 150 private investors and other stakeholders who met five times in 2016. Four Twenty Seven served as a contributing author to the paper.The survey showed that over 70% of private investors surveyed see both risk and investment opportunity from the impact of climate change. According to GARI, 78% of 101 surveyed investors and other stakeholders thought evaluating the physical risk from climate change was “very important,” while 70% would consider making investments that supported adaptation to climate change or climate change resilience now.

The report identifies six different approaches to measuring physical climate risk and reveals that respondents consider transparency and practicality the most important factors in approaches to assess physical climate risk. It also catalogs existing infrastructure, corporate, and fixed asset investments that support adaptation and resilience to climate change. Over 60% of respondent investors are considering investments today in resilient infrastructure and in companies whose products address the impact of climate change on water, agriculture, healthcare, energy, and financial services.

The Global Adaptation & Resilience Investment Working Group (GARI) was launched at Paris COP21 in conjunction with the UN Secretary General’s A2R Climate Resilience Initiative. GARI brings together private investors and other stakeholders to focus on the practical intersection of investment and climate adaptation and resilience.

More information COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco

More information Bridging the Adaptation Gap

Press Release on the Bridging the Adaptation Gap publication

Foromic 2016 in Jamaica, October 24-26, 2016

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Proadapt Conference in Cartagena, May 25-27, 2016
See the videos from the Conference in Cartagena de Indias, 25-27 May.

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