Race to Zero Dialogues: “Vision of a zero-carbon, resilient future through Water”


November 12, 2020    
10:00 am - 11:30 am


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When climate disasters strike, farmers are unfortunately among the first to feel the consequences. This was true before the novel coronavirus and it’s certainly true now. The climate crisis compounded by the global health crisis leaves the most vulnerable even more at risk. International Water Management Institute (IWMI) researchers are developing systems to better warn and prepare flood-prone communities. One of these solutions is index-based flood insurance (IBFI), a system that uses satellite data to calculate faster compensation for farmers experiencing flood loses. Working in partnerships with NGOs, finance organizations and insurers in various  countries we are making such insurance products available to many thousands of farmers. Transferring risk away from the most vulnerable members of society will help bolster a quicker recovery and so livelihoods. And, post-disaster costs for governments will be reduced, and will contribute to meeting SDGs on climate change, poverty, gender equality and food security.

TIME: 10:00 am to 11:30 am CET

Session Plan

10:00- 10:05     Introduction to the sessionRachael Mcdonnell (IWMI)
10:05- 10:18  Building weather and climate resilience through insurance for the next decade? – Giriraj Amarnath (IWMI)
10:20- 10:40 Key respondent Statements and Q&A Session
  • Vyas Ji, Vice Chairman, Bihar State Disaster Management Authority – Govt. of Bihar, India
  • Farzanah Chowdhury ACII (UK), Managing Director & CEO, Green Delta Insurance Company Limited (GDIC), Bangladesh
  • Mangesh Niranjan Patankar, Head Agriculture, Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd, India
  • Tanvir Rahman Dhaly, Programme Head Microfinance, (BRAC, Bangladesh)
  • Mohammed Aheeyar, Governance and Inclusion Specialist (IWMI)
10:40-10:45 Wrap-Up – Rachael Mcdonnell (IWMI)


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