A holistic early warning-early action system for transboundary threats




The Global Commission on Adaptation’s 2019 flagship report found that the EWS provide more than a tenfold return on investment. These include:


  1. With the nature and dimensions of risks forever changing, EWS need to be highly responsive and holistic, acknowledging the interconnectedness and cascading feature of crises.
  2. In the absence of EWS, increasingly the world will be faced with humanitarian catastrophe, notwithstanding a downward spiral of communities into the depths of extreme poverty and famine. Their absence also leads to the material prospect of a disturbing number of ‘climate refugees’ – either internally (2021 registered 2.5 million climate-displaced persons in sub-Saharan Africa) or internationally.
  3. Ultimately, for EWS to succeed, they will need to be cast within a framework of an agile and receptive governance model.
  4. Crises invariably transcend borders, requiring intergovernmental coordination and international collaboration


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Author: Alexander Müller, Adam Prakash, Elena Lazutkaite

Publisher: Global Landscapes Forum

Language: English

Year: 2022

Ecosystem(s): Drylands and Rangelands

Location(s): Sub-Saharan Africa

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