Stepping-Up Knowledge Exchange between Climate Adaptation Knowledge Platforms (KE4CAP)

Submitted by Julia Barrott | published 11th Dec 2019 | last updated 26th Jun 2020
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Summary

Climate adaptation gains in importance, and the Paris Agreement 2015 calls on Parties to strengthen cooperation on enhancing action on adaptation. This, along with recognition that policymakers require high-quality and relevant information to support decision-making, has led many countries to establish web-based climate adaptation platforms. These platforms provide access to information, evidence and guidance intended to inform the development of adaptation strategies and plans at the local, national, and transnational scales. However, they are all at different stages of development and capabilities, and all face challenges that, potentially, limit their effectiveness in supporting the required climate action.

The KE4CAP project provides a forum for platform developers and operators to come together to compare and learn from their individual approaches, to share knowledge and best practices, and to work together to address common and emerging challenges. The overall aims are to stimulate knowledge exchange to advance cooperation and learning, and to inspire the evolution of national and regional adaptation platforms in terms of scope, governance, content coverage, functionality and management.

The scope of the KE4CAP project builds on recent discussions with a range of experts at international meetings. Find more information on this here.

Outcomes and impacts

Benefits are anticipated in the following areas:

  • Developing content as adaptation policies and actions evolve, including how platforms retain their policy relevance.
  • Linking climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction;
  • Linking climate change adaptation with the sustainable development goals;
  • Embedding technological innovations to increase functionality and user-friendliness;
  • Providing examples of good practices related to supporting evolving users’ requirements; 
  • Supporting a wide range of users with different capacities and decision-making cultures;
  • Evaluation, quality assurance and quality control to support the updating of platforms;
  • Demonstrating the value of web-based adaptation platforms, including in terms of contributing to monitoring, evaluation and reporting on adaptation at national and international levels;
  • Enhancing collaboration and harmonisation of platforms to promote quality and utility from the perspective of users.

Project consortium

Funded by the European Commission through the SPIPA programme, KE4CAP will focus on promoting cooperation between EU countries and non-European major economies; challenge-focussed bi-laterals will be held between the EU and Canada, Japan and Australia, and global reach will be extended further through targeted collaborations with Mexico, South Africa, Argentina and India. European experts will be involved at all stages, and the challenges and lessons learnt will be documented and shared widely to help engage across SPIPA-targeted countries and Europe.

Project team:

  • Roger Street, University of Oxford, UK (lead). For over 30 years, Roger has engaged in providing and improving knowledge and evidence that can support adaptation planning and implementation in Europe, North America and the Pacific-Asia Region. 
  • Julia Barrott, weADAPT Knowledge Manager, Stockholm Environment Institute, UK.
  • Jeremy Gault, Thematic Lead for Coastal and Marine Systems at MaREI, UCC. 
  • Barry O’Dwyer, Lead Research Scientist, Impacts and Adaptation at MaREI, UCC
  • Kim van Nieuwaal, Strategic advisor Climate Adaptation Services and Director of Delta Alliance International, Netherlands
  • Vicky Hayman, University of Oxford, UK (project coordinator)

Project Partners:

  • Australia: Geoff Gooley (CSIRO) is Program Manager for the NESP ESCC Hub which is a national climate change science and services partnership between CSIRO, the Bureau of Meteorology and five universities (UTas, ANU, Monash, Univ Melbourne and UNSW).

  • Canada: Lo Cheng (Environment and Climate Change Canada) is the responsible manager for the Canadian Centre for Climate Services (CCCS) portal helping Canadians understand, and become more resilient to climate change by; delivering climate services driven by user need, providing access to climate information, building local capacity and offering training and support.

  • Japan: Yasuaki Hijioka (National Institute for Environmental Studies) is the responsible manager for Japan’s National Adaptation Platform (A-PLAT) designed to disseminate and support the adaptation strategies specified in Japan’s National Adaptation Plan (2015); and for the Asia-Pacific Adaptation Platform (AP-PLAT). AP-PLAT is intended to communicate and facilitate partnership and collaboration on adaptation, climate-resilient and sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region.

  • Argentina, India, Mexico and South Africa. The global reach of the project will be extended by working with representatives from these countries who are operating, developing, or currently considering developing, adaptation platforms. More information on available platforms in these countries and some of the challenges they are interested in addressing can be found here.

Funding

This work is being funded by the European Commission as part of the Strategic Partnerships for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement (SPIPA). It builds on and complements existing European climate policy dialogues and cooperation with Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Mexico, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, and the USA.

Work Programme

This project will run a series of bilteral knowledge exchange (BKE) and multilateral knowledge exchange events (see below). These details will be updated as more information becomes available.

BKE Australia, Services and Science Supporting Climate Action, 3-5 March 2020, Melbourne.

The March 2020 EU-Australia bi-lateral on developing and using web-based resources to enhance climate intelligence and support climate action yielded rich insights on developing a value proposition, building business models, governance for climate adaptation platforms and engaging users.

  • A full report from the event can be found here.
  • Details of the event itself can be found here.
  • More information on the Australian national platform and some of the challenges they are interested in addressing can be found here.

Virtual KE activity, KE4CAP: Introduction, Engagement and Next Steps, 30 June 2020

The will be the first in a series of virtual KE events aimed at engaging more closely with web-based climate adaptation platform developers and operators. The webinar will introduce the EU-funded 'Stepping Up Knowledge Exchange between Climate Adaptation Platforms' project and explore areas for potential future knowledge sharing activities to address common and emerging challenges.

Adaptation Futures conference, 28 September - 1 October 2020, New Delhi, India

We are organising a series of events for adaptation platform operators and managers at Adaptation Futures 2020 aimed at bringing the community together to discuss challenges and how they can be overcome, and to share knowledge more generally.

A side event on Climate adaptation platforms will provide an excellent early opportunity for meeting colleagues and participating in a range of focussed discussions to help share experience and knowledge. Two conference sessions have also been proposed and are focussed on:

  • Understanding the effectiveness of adaptation platforms, portals and tools, and how we can help ensure that they continue to meet the needs of stakeholders. [link to abstract].
  • The potential offered by adaptation platforms, understanding how the landscape has changed and how platforms across this landscape can be brought together to promote knowledge sharing and learning on adaptation solutions and their implementation. 

BKE Canada, tbd 2020, Ottawa

More information on the Canadian national platform and some of the challenges they are interested in addressing can be found here.

BKE Japan, tbd 2020, Tsukuba

More information on the Japanese national platform and some of the challenges they are interested in addressing can be found here.

A knowledge exchange and synthesis workshop (with the EEA), tbd 2021.

This workshop will bring together experts involved in all the earlier KE4CAP activities to synthesise the information on lessons learnt, good practice and opportunities for future progress. A report will also be prepared exploring the potential and benefits of sustaining this KE effort in the context of continuing to improve the role of adaptation platforms in implementing the Paris Agreement and in national/regional adaptation programmes.

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