Ben Smith

I work as an associate with SEI Oxford and have just finished a PhD at King's College London looking at factors influencing the effectiveness of ecosystem restoration, and the chanllenges posed by climate change. I have been involved in weADAPT since the very beginning editing content, building relationships and getting feedback from users on how to improve the site. I'm very excited by how much weADAPT now offers!

My interests are in the use of climate information to support adaptation, and in particular how to make information accessible in a credible and usable way. I am also very interested in developing work at the intersection of ecosystem restoration and adaptation, and the role restoration can play in ecosystem-based adaptation. 

At SEI I currently have a focus on training and capacity-building, but have also recently worked on screening donor portfolios for climate risks, and innovative approaches to visualising the networks of organisations working on adaptation.

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Visualizing connections: Mapping the landscape of adaptation research and practice through weADAPT

This working paper describes a collaborative project to visually map climate change adaptation research and networks based on semantic tagging in weADAPT.        

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Vulnerability Assessment Module for Approaches to CCA Planning Workshops

VA module e-learning

This module has been developed in response to the need for more guidance on vulnerability assesment, in particular for coastal areas, identified by participants of training workshops in Indonesia and the Philippines during a follow-up questionnaire.

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Climate analysis for local communities and decision-makers

Background

Water supply on the island of Lombok overall is stressed, including the supply for the capital city of Mataram. The highlands surrounding the capital are forested and mostly...

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Integrating Community and Ecosystem-Based Approaches in Climate Change Adaptation Responses

Two emerging approaches to adaptation have gained currency over the past few years, namely Community-based Adaptation (CBA) and Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EBA). Each has its specific...

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Bahasa training modules

Pelatihan dua hari ini dirancang untuk memberikan pengenalan konsep-konsep utama dan metode yang diperlukan sebagai bagian dari proses perencanaan adaptasi . Konsep dan metode tersebut merupakan...

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Training modules SE Asia islands

A customised two-day training programme was designed, following a training needs assessment of participants, to provide an introduction to key concepts and methods to inform an adaptation planning...

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Ben is a member of the following Themes, Networks or Projects

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Climate Finance

This theme focuses on how to ensure that climate finance serves to achieve meaningful, long-term change in economic and social development trajectories, particularly for developing countries.
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ASSAR

This 5-year research project seeks to better understand barriers and enablers to widespread transformative adaptation to advance adaptive livelihoods for vulnerable groups
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AfriCAN Climate

AfriCAN Climate is a project co-funded by the European Commission within the 7th FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME. The project was set up by a team of 5 African and 5 European organisations, including research institutes and networks, and runs from October 2011 to September 2014.
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ACCRA

The Africa Climate Change Resilience Alliance programme is made up of Oxfam GB, ODI, Save the Children International, Care International and World Vision International.
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C3D+

To improve the capacity of research and training institutions in developing countries to support climate change adaptation and mitigation action.
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Synergies between Adaptation and Mitigation

Exploring the co-benefits of adaptation and mitigation.
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