Climate Change Adaptation: The Role and Influence of Humanitarian Interventions towards Response and Prevention of Crises

Date/Time: 03/03/2016  14:00 - 15:30

Location: Norwegian University of Life Sciences (Cirkus building, room 417)

This event takes place in Ås. Please see map below for detailed location.


Extreme climate change events such as droughts and floods are increasingly affecting people’s livelihoods. Traditional humanitarian assistance has primarily focused on short-term relief and recovery in the immediate aftermath of such disasters to facilitate local people’s adaptation to climate change. This approach neither addresses underlying causes of vulnerability nor sufficiently supports adaptation to a changing climate. There is therefore need for new and innovative thinking to link short-term emergency responses to longer-term sustainable adaptation. Can different types of knowledge from different stakeholders influence long-term climate change adaptation? This seminar will include ethnographic findings from an agricultural area in Kenya and a pastoral region in Ethiopia. Experiences from Malawi will also be presented. Furthermore, parallels and differences in the findings from these areas will be highlighted.



Please register by sending an email to by the 29thFebruary 2016

N.B. This seminar will be held in English and is organized by the department of International Environment and Development Studies at NMBU, under the framework of the research project Courting Catastrophe? Humanitarian Policy and Practice in a Changing Climate and in collaboration with the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies (NCHS).

Coffee, tea and snacks will be served.

Contact info:

Ritah Katusiime Sandvik-

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