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The Adaptation Research Alliance (ARA) today announced at COP27 several co-creation activities aimed at bridging research and action for adaptation to climate change.

The announcement demonstrates how the ARA is delivering on promises made to catalyse investment and opportunities for adaptation action research during its launch at COP26 in Glasgow.

“Co-creation activities broaden the range of institutions and organisations that engage in funding, supporting, and carrying out adaptation research for impact,” says ARA Head of Secretariat Jesse DeMaria-Kinney.

This process enables the incubation of new action research activities and programmes, and contributes to evidence-based, societally impactful programmes which increase climate resilience, especially in the Global South.

Co-creation activities launched by the ARA include four new thematic programmes:

  • The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Agriculture Development programme is working with the ARA Secretariat to develop a co-creation process focused on smallholder agriculture.

  • UK Research and Innovation - Natural Environment Research Council (UKRI-NERC), in partnership with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and the ARA, are scoping the design of a potential new international collaborative research programme focused on ‘nature-based solutions for equitable climate resilience’.

  • The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Least Developed Universities Climate Change Consortium (LUCCC) are working with ARA to enable LDC Universities to support national adaptation plans, in areas such as assessments, implementation and reporting.

  • The ARA will collaborate to catalyse a comprehensive co-creation process aimed at new programme development on urban resilience in partnership with initiatives such as The Roof Over Our Heads initiative (ROOH). ROOH is aimed at delivering sustainable habitats for low-income urban residents in the global South.

  • The ARA launched the second round of Grassroots Action Research Micro-grants, a series of grants each totalling GBP 15,000 that support locally led adaptation by targeting action and research entities collaborating to unearth knowledge, ideas, and opportunities for climate change adaptation in the Global South.

    The ARA’s influence on new programme design was further highlighted by new funding opportunities affiliated with the ARA. Specifically, the announcement of the Innovation Fund for Climate Adaptation and Resilience grantees from ARA member GSMA, funded by FCDO and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).



About the ARA 

The Adaptation Research Alliance (ARA) is a global coalition responding to the urgent challenges faced by vulnerable communities from climate change. Our membership is made up of researchers, funders, policymakers, development bodies, and community-based organisations committed to action for adaptation that supports climate resilient futures. The ARA is funded by UK AID from the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) with support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). Learn more here and @Adapt_Alliance

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