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3 December 2023

Partnering to bridge the science-policy-practice gap and advance knowledge for effective adaptation

Effective climate adaptation requires sound scientific knowledge as a key input to adaptation policies, plans and action. Currently adaptation isn’t yet as effective as it should be due to the lack of knowledge that is innovative, co-created, based on results from action research, and validated in practice. This session will address these issues by clarifying why this is a priority, what is adaptation effectiveness and how knowledge can and should inform better adaptation for increased effectiveness. Three examples from the practice side will be shared to illustrate the value of innovative and co-created knowledge: a) the Adaptation Futures 2023 conference hosted by the UN’s World Adaptation Science Programme (WASP) and co-financed by the Adaptation Fund, b) the Adaptation Research Alliance’s co-creation approach, and c) Ten Years of Ecosystem-based Adaptation, EbA: A new UNEP publication. Following, a discussion with the audience will be held and conclusions drawn.

Date: 3 December 2023 

Time: 14.00-14.45 GMT+4 

Location: UNEP Pavilion 

With support from: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) 


  • Maarten Kappelle Head of Thematic Assessments, Environmental Women in Action for Development (EWAD) & United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) 

  • Cynthia Rosenzweig Senior Research Scientist, Columbia University & NASA  

  • Sivapuram Venkata Rama Krishna Prabhakar, Principal Policy Researcher, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) 

  • Anand Patwardhan Professor, University of Maryland  

  • Henry Neufeldt, Chief Editor, Adaptation Gap Report, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Copenhagen Climate Centre  

  • Mikko Ollikainen, Head, Adaptation Fund 

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