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Koko Warner

Koko Warner


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Dr. Koko Warner researches the impacts of climate change in communities across the world.  She studied development and environmental economics at George Washington University, and the University of Vienna where she received her PhD in economics as Fulbright Scholar. Previously she worked at IIASA, and the Swiss Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research (SLF) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich). Koko has done pioneering work and—with partners in academia, the UN Family, and governments—has helped drive innovation in thought and practice in four new areas: the use of risk management and risk transfer measures, livelihood resilience and adaptation, loss and damage, and climate-change related human mobility. She served on the management board of the EACH-FOR project, a first-time global survey of environmentally induced migration in 23 countries. She was also Co-Chair of the German Marshall Fund project on Climate Change and Migration.

Dr Koko Warner is the Head of the Environmental Migration, Social Vulnerability and Adaptation Section at UNU-EHS. She is a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change´s Fifth Assessment Report, Working Group 2 on Adaptation. Warner researches the risk management strategies used by low-income people and communities to adapt to changing environmental and climatic conditions. She is currently Co-Chair of Working Group on Global Environmental Change and Migration, part of the World Bank´s KNOMAD Network. She helped found and is on the Steering Committee of the Climate Change, Environment, and Migration Alliance (CCEMA) and works with delegates of the UNFCCC climate negotiations on adaptation (particularly in risk management and migration).

In addition, Koko is Executive Director of the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative—an innovation lab that tests new ideas and implements climate risk management strategies including insurance with governments, the private sector and civil society.


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Koko Warner joined the Climate CoLab communityJul 9, 2014