weADAPT undertakes collaborations and projects with a number of Knowledge Partners, all designed to enrich and improve the utility of the weADAPT platform for a diverse audience of users. Below is a summary of some of these engagements:
Climate Knowledge Brokers (CKB) Group
The Climate Knowledge Brokers (CKB) Group is an emerging alliance of around 50 of the leading global, regional and national knowledge brokers specialising in climate and development information. It brings together a diverse set of information players, from international organisations to research institutes, NGOs and good practice networks, and covers the full breadth of climate related themes. The focus is on primarily online initiatives, and those that play an explicit knowledge brokerage role, rather than being simply institutional websites.
CKB has enabled weADAPT to foster highly innovative collaborations with platforms with specific strengths. For example, this has involved a partnership with a platform strong on climate science – the Climate Information Portal (CIP) – and another with a strong regional presence, AfricaAdapt.
CIFOR member Emilia Pramova is the Editor of the Forests and Climate Change Initiative. In this role Emilia and CIFOR more broadly manage forestry related publishing and networks on weADAPT and contribute a great deal of the content to this initiative.
weADAPT and CIFOR have also undertaken a content sharing alliance through which articles on both platforms are shared. CIFOR projects such as COBAM and TroFCCA are published on weADAPT, and new articles relevant to forestry on weADAPT are automatically shared on the CIFOR Adaptation theme homepage and to the COBAM and TroFCCA project pages. You can see the content that is shared here:
IIED and IDS
IIED, IDS and weADAPT have been collaborating on the Global Initiative on Community-Based Adaptation (GICBA). GICBA was initiated in response to a growing interest in CBA approaches and strategies to climate change in developing countries. The project is not meant to take the place of or compete with other projects or activities but to enable sharing and synergies between efforts by all organisations (and individuals) working on community-based adaptation to climate change.
To enhance this joint approach and thinking, a series of International Conferences on CBA issues have been held in Bangladesh and Tanzania. GICBA has also created the Community Based Adaptation Layer showcasing ongoing CBA initiatives.
Find out more about the Global Initiative on Community Base Adaptation.
CATIE and CIRAD
Climate Information Portal (CIP)
weADAPT and the Climate Systems Analysis Group (CSAG) at the University of Cape Town are working together to share climate data and case studies on the Adaptation Layer. CIP has developed out of and replaced a tool that was part of weADAPT, the Climate Change Explorer tool. CIP has now developed separately from weADAPT, but the teams developing the portals are working together to integrate these two platforms to varying degrees, making it easier for users to navigate between them to draw on the different but complementary guidance, information and data that the platforms provide. User feedback is informing this integration through the CoLab project. Ultimately we are working towards a more fundamental coupling between the two, where both sets of resources can be used within the same platform. We are also starting to look at how links might be established with other existing platforms that provide climate change related data and/or information to increase the value and utility of each for their respective users.
The goal of CIP is to enable users to explore possible climate futures for their location (or at least places nearby with comparable climates), compare these futures with climate experienced in the recent past, assess confidence in these projections, inform an assessment of vulnerability to climate change, and decide how this information affects adaptation choices. CIP provides users with access to observed climate data over the last few decades (the length of the record varies between stations) and climate change projections at the local level (for the middle and end of the 21st century). There are currently about 10,000 stations available across Africa and Asia and this is set to expand as new data becomes accessible.
Find out more about CIP and weADAPT in the Using Climate Information initiative.
CIP and AfricaAdapt
This joint initiative between three knowledge brokers aims to advance the user demand-driven development, refinement and cross-linking between weADAPT, the Climate Information Portal (CIP) and AfricaAdapt – three well-established portals with large but different user bases.
The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI Oxford), the Climate Systems Analysis Group (CSAG) at the University of Cape Town, and the AfricaAdapt partners (ENDA, FARA, ICPAC) are applying a user-lab approach to put portal users, developers and content providers face-to-face to address these issues. This is done during a 1-week long training session on vulnerability assessment and adaptation decision-making. This will provide insights on how the portals can be better linked which will in turn inform ongoing development of the portals until COP18. This will include integration of CIP climate station data from Africa and Asia within weADAPT and will be completed in October 2012.
ENDA TM – Adaptation Toolkit
As part of the C3D+ project, ENDA and SEI are developing a Adaptation Toolkit that includes seven tools to conduct participatory vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning. The toolkit is tested in Gambia working in collaboration with local partners to help refine the tools and adapt them better to local conditions. One of the tools that ENDA is testing in partnership with SEI is the Climate Adaptation Options eXplorer (ADx). In July and August 2012 SEI trained ENDA on the use of this tool and in September 2012 ENDA will train the local partners on the implementation of the ADx. An example application of the ADx in Banjul, Gambia, can be found in this article
To be added soon.
The AfriCAN Climate case studies shared at the weADAPT Adaptation Layer can be accessed here:
Contact points for further information: Martha Bissman