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Simon Lewis


Simon Lewis

Job title:

Professor, Global Change Science

Area of work, and why it’s important: 

Climate change scientist, focus on Africa, and this is an African COP! 

Read about Simon’s latest research that shows the history of the Congo peatlands for the first time, and reveals their vulnerability to drought.

What will you be doing at COP27?

  • Meeting presidents Republic of Congo and Democratic Republic of Congo on 7 November 
  • Speaking at UK pavilion event on 8 November
  • Speaking at Global peatlands Initiative event on enhancing climate action on 14 November

What are the big issues that COP27 needs to address? What are your hopes for the negotiations?

  • Loss and damage
  • Operationalising Article 6
  • Post-2025 funding
  • Adaptation funding

What’s your message for world leaders at COP27?

The time for action and implementation is now.