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Climate: we are strengthening resilience to climate change across borders

We live in an interconnected world. The effects of climate change ripple out across national borders. Our adaptation actions can have consequences that cascade from country to country too.

Wilton Park’s dialogue on transboundary climate risks paved the way for the formation of Adaptation Without Borders, a new global partnership working to strengthen resilience to these cross-border impacts.

In November 2020, a collaboration between the European Commission and Adaptation Without Borders was launched during a high-level event at COP26. The EU is investing €700,000 in the partnership, which will run through 2022 and puts into practice the vision of the EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change, which stresses that in a deeply interconnected world, building resilience internationally is “not only a matter of solidarity, but also of open strategic autonomy and self-interest” for Europe. Wilton Park has been invited to convene further meetings of the partnership during 2022.


Despite the transnational nature of many ecosystems and communities, responses to the risks posed by climate change are largely formulated nationally. Adaptation plans often fail to recognise or account for cross-border risks.

Adopting a transboundary perspective on climate risk changes the scope and nature of the adaptation challenge, creates opportunities to strengthen international cooperation on adaptation and paves the way towards lasting global resilience.

Our involvement

Our dialogue brought together 40 stakeholders from 19 countries to discuss transboundary climate risk.

Together, they examined the benefits and challenges of a multilateral approach to adaptation and disaster risk reduction and called for the formation of a new multi-stakeholder partnership.

It resulted in the Wilton Park Agenda on Adapting to Transboundary Climate Risk and paved the way for the formation of Adaptation Without Borders.

Wilton Park's conference on Transboundary Climate Risks in 2019 with speakers and participants sitting next to each other
Wilton Park conference room, Transboundary Climate Risks, 2019

The event was held in partnership with The Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) and the Global Center on Adaptation.

The impact

The partnership, Adaptation Without Borders, has been building on the conversations and information shared at Wilton Park since its formation. Several stakeholders at the dialogue now play active roles in the partnership.

Adaptation Without Borders explores the global implications of transboundary climate risks and strengthens cooperation among a range of partners to meet the global challenge of adaptation to climate change.

I welcome the Adaptation Without Borders Initiative – it is very needed, it is very timely, and the potential is simply transformative.

Ayman Cherkaoui, Coordinator of the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection

The future

Wilton Park and Adaptation Without Borders plan to continue their collaboration by bringing this crucial work to the attention of negotiators and policymakers at COP26 and beyond.


James Corré: Programme Director

Biography and other events

Transboundary climate risks (WP1670)


With support from:

The logo for the Global Center on Adaptation
In association with:
Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI)
Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)