The Adaptation Research Alliance (ARA) is partnering with the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI), with the objective of promoting resilience to climate and disaster risks in support of sustainable development.
CDRI, a coalition of national governments, UN agencies and programmes, multilateral development banks and financing mechanisms, the private sector, and knowledge institutions, is focused on ensuring the resilience of infrastructure to impacts of climate change and disasters.
Alongside the ARA’s breadth of members committed to action for adaptation, the partnership with CDRI recognises the crucial importance of collaboration for delivering on shared goals.
ARA Co-chair Anand Patwardhan said: “The ARA aims to accelerate and scale investment in action-oriented research in developing countries, build capacity and strengthen knowledge exchange.”
“By aligning ourselves with partners like CDRI who broaden our reach, the Alliance is better able to deliver its mission.”
CDRI supports the view that addressing cascading impact of extreme climate events and increasing frequency of disasters should be the highest priority for all stakeholders including governments across the world.
“This partnership paves the way for collaborative efforts on disaster and climate resilient infrastructure through action-oriented research, policy advocacy and in-country programmes. Our cause of climate and disaster resilient infrastructure requires efforts across multiple sectors and scales through collaboration between varied actors and institutions, as no single institution can achieve this goal on its own,” says Amit Prothi, Director General, CDRI.
“Collective advocacy to promote shared agendas holds the potential to deliver substantial and systemic shifts in policies and programmes for tackling risk and building resilience.”
The partnership will be in effect initially for three years, starting in April 2023 and lasting until March 2026. During that time, focus will be on Harnessing partnerships for developing and operationalising action-oriented research and the development of Joint policy-advocacy.
The ARA And CDRI will also provide mutual support to programmes of work. “CDRI has a well-developed set of programmes with varied points of focus spanning the power sector, transport, telecom infrastructure, health systems, early warning and fiscal risk,” says Jesse DeMaria-Kinney, ARA Head of Secretariat.
“Complementing the ARA’s own robust programme of work spanning learning and sharing, new programme development, localised action-oriented research and policy-advocacy we envision synergies between our initiatives and commit to engaging effectively for building resilience globally,” he says.
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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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About Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI):
Launched by Hon. Prime Minister of India, Shri. Narendra Modi at the UN Climate Action Summit at New York on 23 September 2019, the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) is a partnership of national governments, UN agencies and programmes, multilateral development banks and financing mechanisms, the private sector, and knowledge institutions that aims to promote the resilience of new and existing infrastructure systems to climate and disaster risks in support of sustainable development.
CDRI promotes rapid development of resilient infrastructure to respond to the Sustainable Development Goals’ imperatives of expanding universal access to basic services, enabling prosperity and decent work.
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