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Adaptation research alliance towards COP26

 

Climate adaptation research must go beyond assessing risks and identifying impacts to focus on finding solutions that are user-centred and action-oriented. Current support for adaptation and resilience research is insufficient, lacking coordination, and not effectively linked to implementation to address the magnitude and urgency of the practical actions needed to build a climate-resilient future.

This project seeks to mobilize a coalition across a range of actors to scale up investments in adaptation and resilience research from both research and action funding agencies. Project activities include stakeholder consultation and engagement through webinars, online meetings, and structured dialogues; development of key concept and strategic vision documents; and mobilization of alliances through the Adaptation Futures conferences. The new alliance is expected to increase capacity at individual and institutional levels to bring research into use, enhance collaboration and learning, and improve coordination and linkages between different research funding initiatives. IDRC will also commission a set of background studies and actively engage in the task force to clarify how the alliance will operate.

Project ID
109635
Project Status
Completed
End Date
Duration
15 months
IDRC Officer
Bruce Currie-Alder
Total Funding
CA$ 338,913.00
Location
Far East Asia
India
North of Sahara
South America
South Asia
South of Sahara
Project Leader
Anand Patwardhan
Institution
University of Maryland
Institution Country
Kenya
Institution
United Nations Environment Programme/Programme des Nations Unies pour l'environnement/Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Medio Ambiente

Outputs

Adaptation research alliance : concept note

Adaptation research alliance : concept note

Brief

The Adaptation Research Alliance (ARA) is an integral component of the Adaptation & Resilience (A&R) campaign, one of the priority areas for the COP26. The mission is to accelerate and scale investments in action-orientated research in developing countries. This Policy Brief outlines the scope of the ARA mission and plans for activities in action-based research. The ARA envisions a world by 2030 in which the research community is a highly valued partner to policymakers, practitioners and the most vulnerable communities, and engages effectively for the delivery of innovative, user-driven solutions for adaptation and resilience from the global to local levels.

Author(s): Adaptation Research Alliance

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Language: English

What we heard: ARA partner engagements

What we heard: ARA partner engagements

Brief

As part of the United Kingdom COP26 Presidency /Adaptation & Resilience campaign, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO) is working with partners to co-develop an international Adaptation Research Alliance for launch at COP26. The scope and scale of action-orientated research is insufficient to address the magnitude and urgency of actions needed across sectors.This note summarises discussions and actions taken up to the launch, particularly with regard to defining and developing the ARA governance structure. The soft launch was designed with three segments. See Annex 4 for the session outline.

Author(s): Sapatnekar, Poorti

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Language: English

Governing the ARA : lessons from other partnerships

Governing the ARA : lessons from other partnerships

Brief

This briefing note presents the results of a comparative analysis as input towards further deliberations of the working group of the Adaptation Research Alliance (ARA) towards COP26 (Conference of the Parties 2026, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change). Outcomes and operational principles of the ARA for its governance structure were outlined, and a protocol developed to guide systematic analyses of existing partnerships and their governance structures. Based on the ARA’s theory of change and lessons learned from existing relevant partnerships, a governance system composed of multiple bodies with distributed responsibilities is suggested.

Author(s): Sapatnekar, Poorti

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Language: English