Short course training: weADAPT adaptation principles, strengthening adaptation networks in Asia

Submitted by Sukaina Bharwani | published 25th Mar 2011 | last updated 30th Mar 2011
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This session focussed on the weADAPT principles for adaptation; the core ideas that we think should inform adaptation decisions and strategies. If you'd like to add any others then please do so under the 'Other Principles' heading.


  • Adaptation is a process of socio-institutional learning
  • Adaptation decisions depend on the context - both environmental and social
  • Information needs to be 'good enough' to make a decision - we do not, and cannot know every last detail.
  • Uncertainty in future conditions needs to be taken into account, but does not mean we cannot act now!
  • Adaptation strategies need to be robust against a wide range of possible future scenarios (both climatic and socio-economic)
  • Tools are a means of getting to a solution, they do not provide all the answers themselves!
  • Adaptation strategies should address present needs, while at the same time building capacity to deal with future change.
  • Using multiple methods to address a problem is likely to give more robust results than relying on one sole method.
  • Enduring partnerships are essential for building adaptive capacity.
  • 2-way dialogues are the basis of building consensus, partnerships and the exchange of useful information for decision-making.
  • Adaptation will require sharing knowledge and learning from each other.



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