07-08 July 2022, UNU-MERIT, Maastricht, the Netherlands (hybrid event)
Floods are a common environmental hazard, causing loss of lives, economic losses, and livelihood impacts around the globe. At the same time, the recently published 6th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns that such extreme events will further increase in both frequency and severity in the coming decades. Recent flood events (incl. those in Europe in 2021) have revealed significant gaps in
- our understanding of the multiple risks and impacts of such extreme events;
- the awareness and risk perception of the population;
- early warning, preparedness, and emergency responses;
- risk insurance and how insurance and finance instruments can support building back better;
- adaptation and transformation needs;
- cross-border and multi-level governance of climate risks and resilience.
In order to meet these challenges and build societal climate resilience, increased collaboration and exchange of experiences as well as innovative solutions are urgently needed. The Flood Knowledge Summit 2022 was the first summit to address these gaps through a multi-stakeholder approach. It took place from 7 to 8 July 2022 as a hybrid event at UNU-MERIT in Maastricht, the Netherlands, with pre-events targeting youth on the days before the summit.
Aims of the Flood Knowledge Summit 2022
The Flood Knowledge Summit 2022 (FKS 2022) connected different actors, incl. affected citizens, first responders, authorities, researchers, and civil society, from the region, the European Union, and the Global South to share experiences, engage into dialogue, and facilitate learning. By looking back and looking forward, it compiled lessons learnt and best practices and developed actionable recommendations for research, policy, and practice towards climate resilient development.
Agenda & Programme
FKS 2022 comprised of keynotes, panel discussions, presentation sessions, poster exhibitions, and open spaces. Pre-events dedicated to youth engagement on climate resilience were also part of the programme. The final programme is available here. A data repository of speakers’ presentations is available here.
Next to plenaries, breakout sessions, and keynotes, FKS 2022 also featured a Poster Exhibition to highlight the different perspectives and initiatives working on these important issues.
Concrete outcomes of FKS 2022 will be a long-term research agenda on climate resilience and a repository of good practices. These outcomes will be used to inform future policy discussions and research efforts. More information will follow shortly.