A leading global challenge today centers on the capacity to make appropriate decisions that will navigate countries and communities towards a safe, sustainable future. Uncertainty about future risk trends plays a central role in whether or not policymakers and practitioners can make decisions that help society adapt to climate risks and capture the opportunities ahead. Their decisions need to be informed by data assessments of future changes in social protection as it has a substantial influence on the future trajectories and patterns in exposure and vulnerability towards climate change hazards. This is especially true in highly dynamic developing countries and emerging economies. Changes in social protection systems including the insurance regimes will also greatly influence future levels of vulnerability.
In spite of this pressing need, decision makers often do not get the full picture about future risk trends and adaptation pathways. This is in part because science that supports decision-making focuses primarily on modeling and projecting future trends in environmental hazards, such as sea level rise and cyclone activity and tends to neglect social and economic transitions and their effects on future exposure and vulnerability trends.
The 2020 Summer Academy will take place in Jakarta, Indonesia from 21 to 25 September. It will have a special focus on social protection and its implication for future vulnerability and exposure towards climate risks. Young professionals, including academics, policymakers and practitioners are invited to apply by 20 April 2020.