Green Talks LIVE - Diving deeper: the evolving landscape for assessing water risks to the financial system


‌‌The OECD Green Talks Live webinar series brings experts together to discuss pressing environmental issues. For a global audience, these free webinars are open to the general public and participants are welcome to pose questions during the Q&A segment. Video recordings of our Green Talks are made available online afterwards.

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missed the WEBINAR on Diving deeper - the evolving landscape for assessing water risks to the financial system?


Water is critical for meeting commitments of the Paris Agreement and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Our economies rely on water, with recent estimates putting the economic value of water and freshwater ecosystems at USD 58 trillion - equivalent to 60% of global GDP.  At the same time, water related risks are increasing in frequency and scale in the context of climate change.

How are investments shaping our economies and societies exposure to water risk? What role can the financial system play in supporting water security? And how can increased understanding of how finance both impacts and depends on water resources spur action towards greater water security?

On Tuesday 14 May 2024, OECD Policy Analyst Lylah Davies discussed the evolving landscape for assessing water risks to the financial system, and presented key findings and recommendations from recent OECD work on assessing the financial materiality of water-related risks, including the recently published paper “Watered down? Investigating the financial materiality of water-related risks”. She was joined by experts to discuss relevant initiatives underway.

Missed the wEBINAR on Mainstreaming Biodiversity into Renewable Power Infrastructure?


As countries scale up climate action, they face the challenge of expanding renewable power while tackling biodiversity loss. Transitioning away from fossil fuels can reduce climate-related pressure on biodiversity but brings its own risks. If not carefully managed, the increase in renewable power infrastructure could undermine efforts to halt and reverse biodiversity loss.

How does renewable power infrastructure impact biodiversity? How can countries plan a power sector transition that aligns with both climate and biodiversity goals? What policy instruments can guide the renewable power industry to mitigate adverse impacts and seek positive outcomes for biodiversity?

On Tuesday 30 January 2024, Biodiversity Analyst and author Edward Perry presented key findings and recommendations from the OECD report Mainstreaming Biodiversity into Renewable Power Infrastructurepanellists discussed how to protect biodiversity as we scale up renewable power, and was joined by country experts to discuss how to protect biodiversity as we scale up renewable power. The webinar was moderated by Kumi Kitamori, Deputy Director of the OECD Environment Directorate.

The report synthesises evidence on biodiversity impacts from renewable power infrastructure, with a focus on solar power, wind power and powerlines. Drawing on good practice insights from across the globe, it offers governments recommendations for mainstreaming biodiversity into power sector planning and policy.

missed the WEBINAR on Taming Wildfires in the Context of Climate Change?


Fuelled by climate change, the occurrence of extreme wildfires is growing with unprecedented damages and impacts on communities, the environment and economies. Under future projected warming scenarios, wildfire frequency and severity are estimated to increase, calling for a fundamental shift in wildfire management to focus on climate change adaptation and wildfire risk prevention.

How does climate change affect the occurrence of extreme wildfires? What are the losses and costs observed during recent extreme wildfire events and what can be expected for the future? How are countries’ policies and practices evolving in the face of increased wildfire risk and how can they scale up climate adaptation efforts and limit future wildfire costs?

On 14 September 2023, our Green Talks LIVE discussed how to prevent extreme wildfires in the context of a changing climate. Along with a panel of wildfire scientists and country experts, OECD analysts presented the key findings and recommendations from the OECD report Taming Wildfires in the Context of Climate Change, launched at the 8th International Wildland Fire Conference in Portugal in May.

The report provides a global assessment of wildfire risks in the context of climate change to shed light on the potentially irreversible impacts extreme wildfires may trigger. The OECD worked closely together with Australia, Costa Rica, Greece, Portugal and the United States as well as with the OECD Task Force on Climate Change Adaptation to assess how wildfire management policies and practices need to be adapted to contain future wildfire damages. It summarises the main findings of this work and presents recommendations to support countries in building climate resilience to extreme wildfires.

Moderator: Kumi Kitamori, Deputy Director, OECD Environment Directorate


  • Catherine Gamper, Lead, Climate Change Adaptation, Mitigation and Resilience Team, OECD Environment Directorate
  • Raoul Raward, Director of the Nature, Partnerships and International Section at the Australian National Emergency Management Agency
  • João Verde- Head of Integrated Management Policies, Agency for Integrated Rural Fire Management, Portugal
  • Madeleine Rubenstein - NCASC National Science Lead, National Climate Adaptation Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey



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