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World Water Day 2020: perspectives on water, agriculture, consumption and climate change

Photo of irrigation of a field. Water is essential to all human life on earth. Today, over two billion people live in countries experiencing high water stress – risking both health and food security. As populations and the demand for water grow, this situation is likely to worsen. 

Current frameworks to assess human-nature relationships are too simplified and risk compromise human dependence on nature

Photo by Camila Cordeiro on Unsplash. We need new ways of understanding and accounting for how people depend on nature to protect and preserve our environment. Research from Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS) strives to diversify ways of measuring and evaluating ecosystem services to take into account people’s place-based, varied and often emotional relationships with nature.

Research interview: "My work focuses on issues of disproportionality and inequalities in relation to loss and damage from climate change and the linkages with sustainable development"

Kelly Dorkenoo Kelly Dorkenoo is a PhD student in the project DICE, Recasting the Disproportionate Impacts of Climate Change Extremes. In this interview, she talk about her interest in the field of loss and damage, and her views on sustainability research.

Impact Story: connecting theory and practice to overcome barriers to adaptation 

Flagler Beach. Photo: Chad Boda. Around the world, coastal communities are exposed to the impacts of climate change, for example sea level rise and coastal erosion. But local governments are often politically and economically constrained in their abilities to implement timely and needed adaptation measures. These constraints can restrict adaptation options to practices that are too little and too late, or even result in measures that are maladaptive for the community. Researcher Chad Boda has worked with the City of Flagler Beach in Florida, USA from 2013-2018 to help turn theory into practice for how to overcome barriers to effective adaptation.

Research interview: "We aim to make major advances in the methodology of measuring loss and damage in a way that builds on yet goes beyond current best-practice in disaster accounting and assessment"

Chad Boda presenting at the Conference on Loss and Damage 2019. Photo: Ann Åkerman. Chad Boda is a post-doctoral researcher at LUCSUS. He has a passion for researching and teaching on issues of environmental conservation and sustainable development. In this interivew, he explains what he is working on in the project, DICE, Recasting the Disproportionate Impacts of Climate Change Extremes, and highlights what he wants to achieve during the project.

Impact story: Sustainable climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction at local, national and international level

Illustration of an urban cityscape. Adapting cities is key for increasing the resilience of citizens, communities, organisations and wider systems to deal with the effects of climate change. Climate change adaptation needs to be integrated in all sectors such as planning, infrastructure, agriculture and education and also requires a profound societal transformation.  At LUCSUS, research has successfully achieved positive impacts in all these different areas, with researchers closely collaborating with external stakeholders such as national authorities, municipalities, professional networks and citizens to ensure impact and long-term sustainability.

Targeted strategies for overcoming barriers to nature-based solutions and climate action

green city New study explores the integration of nature-based approaches for climate change adaptation into municipalities’ daily planning practices and associated governance in Sweden.

Wine regions could shrink dramatically with climate change unless growers swap varieties

winegrapes Just as climate change threatens homes, food and livelihoods, so does it threaten the world's supply of wine. If temperatures rise by 2 degrees Celsius, the regions of the world that are suitable for growing wine grapes could shrink by as much as 56 percent, according to a new study. And with 4 degrees of warming, 85 percent of those lands would no longer be able to produce good wines.

New funding: LUCSUS will develop the first ever Africa network on loss and damage from climate change

Photo of the map of Africa. Photo: Pixabay. LUCSUS has been awarded funding to develop the first ever Africa network on loss and damage from climate change. Such a network is urgently needed as many African nations will or are already experiencing negative impacts from climate change which will exacerbate existing sustainable development challenges such as poverty and food insecurity.

New report: Developing a national strategy for disaster risk reduction and resilience in Sweden

wildefires Increasing impacts from hazards worldwide, including Sweden, have prompted international efforts to promote the development of national strategies for disaster risk reduction (DRR) and resilience to reduce associated impacts and support sustainable development.

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