The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) is launching a three-part series of reports, “Managing Climate Extremes and Disasters: Lessons from the IPCC SREX Report” covering each of the Asia, Africa and Latin American and Caribbean regions.
The CDKN reports highlight the scientific findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) "Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation" (known as ‘SREX’) for each region.
The SREX report itself was compiled over two and a half years, involving 220 expert authors, 19 review editors and a four-day approval process by government representatives from around the world. The final 594 page report and its 20 page summary present a rich but sobering account of how different forms of extreme weather events – ranging from high temperatures to heavy rainfall – are likely to become more common by the end of the 21st century, and are more likely to be caused by climate change.
The CDKN “Lessons from the IPCC SREX Report” series pulls out the state-of-the-art knowledge about current and future impacts of climate extremes, and options for dealing with them.
Sam Bickersteth, CDKN’s Chief Executive, said: “The SREX report is a monumental achievement, but CDKN wanted to help policy-makers, media, businesses and civil society stakeholders to navigate this huge resource. That’s why we produced these regional guides which are easy to use, but preserve the careful scientific language of the original.”
The reports are now available for download:
Lessons from the IPCC SREX report for Asia
Lessons from the IPCC SREX report for Africa
Lessons from the IPCC SREX report for Latin America and the Caribbean (also available in Spanish)
Image of Polonnaruwa Floods courtesy of Indi Samarajiva.