Effectively adapting to climate change has become one of the most pressing needs of our time. Resilient communities are necessarily the result of the integration of climate adaptation strategies into development. Integrating adaptation knowledge into development knowledge, with a view to better inform development action and improve development outcomes, is a priority. Place- and context-based scientific knowledge is needed to inform better adaptation action. Forums and platforms which can bring together researchers, a community of policy actors, practitioners and financial actors can contribute significantly in creating new knowledge, repackaging and disseminating existing knowledge and fostering the integration of adaptation learnings into development.
A ‘Knowledge to Action’ Lab
The Global Development Network, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), OXFAM, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) India, the UNFCCC and UN Environment, are collaborating to organize a ‘Knowledge to Action’ Lab which aims to define a strategy and develop tools to close knowledge gaps in the Hindukush Himalaya (HKH) subregion and downstream countries in South and Southeast Asia. The Lab will focus specifically on the challenges and opportunities to link adaptation research to implementation knowledge and data. Discussions will take place in the context of projects funded by multilateral and bilateral climate funds focusing on upstream-downstream interactions.
The ‘Knowledge to Action’ Lab will take place from 20-21 November 2018 in New Delhi, India.
Adaptation efforts financed by investment banks, the private sector, and global climate funds are consistently in need of data, information, and knowledge to encourage adequate adaptation. The proposition of the Lab – in a nutshell – is that close interaction between researchers and implementers working on adaptation can significantly strengthen both adaptation action and research agendas on adaptation. The results of the Lab will be presented at the COP24 in December 2018, and at the Climate Conference in Bonn in June 2019.
Apply before October 12, 2018
Researchers or research organizations working on adaptation in the HKH subregion and downstream countries in South and Southeast Asia are invited to participate in this Call for Expressions of Interest by filling in the online application form before October 12th, 2018 at 23:59 (IST).
A small number of participants will be selected on a competitive basis to take part in the Lab, on 20-21 November in New Delhi, India. Participants will be selected by GDN, ICIMOD, Oxfam, GIZ India, UNFCCC and UN Environment. Selected researchers will be matched with ‘knowledge users’ and selected climate finance institutions and actors, identified and nominated by the organizers based on the focus of the submissions received, to participate in the Lab. Key criteria for selection include the 'relevance to action' of the proposed knowledge needs, the capacity of the applicants to lead the effort, and the capacity of the applicant to build strong collaborations with key stakeholders on the implementation/research side.
Financial assistance may be available for some of the selected candidates from developing countries to attend the ‘Knowledge to Action’ Lab.
For more information on the Lab, please read the concept note below or send your inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.