Sukaina Bharwani

Senior Researcher and Strategic and Technical Coordinator of weADAPT

I have a background in both social anthropology and computer science, which provides me with a unique perspective on climate change adaptation issues (risk, perceptions and behaviour) and I look for innovative methods to link qualitative and quantitative data and methods to further climate adaptation research. My interests include co-exploring and formalising local knowledge and more specifically tacit knowledge in a way that can be useful for understanding what drives adaptation decision-making to help reduce vulnerability to climate change.

My current research includes supporting urban adaptation in southern Africa through transdisciplinary knowledge co-production processesconnecting and visualising communities working on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in Europe, contributing to the field of climate services, and supporting the design of effective science, policy and practice events through training and capacity development.

weADAPT Co-ordinator:

I coordinate the strategic and technical development of weADAPT.  My role in weADAPT and my research on knowledge management involves breaking down knowledge silos and reducing knowledge fragmentation by translating user needs (collated from our Knowledge Partners and networks) into the features and functionality that are of greatest benefit to climate adaptation research, practice, learning, collaboration and knowledge exchange.

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Enabling Climate Science Use to Better Support Resilience and Adaptation Practice

This report reviews the use of climate science in adaptation and resilience practice. It was commissioned by the UK government to inform the development of a new programme. 

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Co-producing climate information for Windhoek decision making

This working paper provides an overview of a project that sought to co-produce, communicate and share climate change information to improve decision-making processes for adaptation in Windhoek, Namibia.

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Linking Knowledge Platforms to Facilitate Users’ Adaptation Journeys

This event explored why platform connections are important, how they can be made, and how they add value to a user’s adaptation journey.

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VKE5: Monitoring, Reporting and Evaluation

Discussions at this event focused on ways in which CAPs can help support the national and international monitoring, reporting and evaluation of adaptation action. 

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Climate Training Theme on weADAPT

Climate adaptation training courses

Training courses on climate information analysis, vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning recommended by weADAPT.

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FRACTAL Learning - Adaptation Inspiration Theme Module 1-6 Summary

This is a summary article signposting the FRACTAL Learning modules 1-6 on inspirational adaptation cases in Africa.

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

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Adaptation in Mountains

Mountains are highly vulnerable to climate change. They also provide numerous essential services. This theme explores how mountains and mountain communities can be made more resilient.
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Community Based Adaptation

This theme aims to support and connect people working to empower communities to adapt to climate change and features monthly collaborative learning CBA forums.
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Gender and Social Equality

This theme aims to deepen engagement on issues of gender and social equality in the context of environment and development, foster collaborations and strengthen capacity.
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SDC Climate Change & Environment Network

The CC&E Network provides a knowledge exchange platform for development practitioners, organizations and SDC staff and partners working in and around climate change and environment issues
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Transnational climate impacts

Climate change – and adaptation to it – will occur in a globalized, hyper-connected world. 
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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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