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Adaptation Futures: A rich legacy


Adaptation Futures is the flagship event of the WASP, one of the four components of the World Climate Programme based on the World Meteorological Organisation Congress XVI Resolution 18. A premier event in the global adaptation spectrum, Adaptation Futures is a unique platform to facilitate a dialogue towards action oriented solutions from a diverse range of stakeholders including academics, practitioners, scientists and policy makers across the world. This biennial conference seeks to enhance the knowledge base by bringing together research scientists, policy makers and practitioners from developed and developing countries to share knowledge and to have fruitful discussion on adaptation challenges and opportunities.

The inaugural conference of Adaptation Futures was held in 2010 in Queensland, Australia with nearly 1000 participants from across the globe. The second conference took place in May 2012 in Tucson, USA, building momentum just before the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). The third conference was held in Fortaleza, Brazil in 2014 and was co-hosted by PROVIA and the Earth System Science Centre of the National Institute for Space Studies (CCST-INPE). The fourth conference was held in Rotterdam, Netherlands in 2016 and was co-hosted by PROVIA and European Commission. The last one was held in Cape Town, South Africa in 2018 with over 1300 participants from around the world.



AF2020 : The Sixth Edition


The sixth edition of this conference, Adaptation Futures 2020, will be co-hosted by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the World Adaptation Science Program (WASP) in New Delhi from 28 September – 1 October, 2020. It will be hosted under the broad rubric of 'accelerating adaptation action and knowledge to support action'. This will be an ideal opportunity to generate a significant dialogue around actionable solutions and move the international cooperation further to realising the goals of the Paris Agreement. This will be the first Adaptation Futures conference to be held in Asia and therefore will be an ideal opportunity to flag adaptation challenges in the developing countries of Asia, marked by diverse political, social, economic and cultural characteristics, and accelerating climate-related vulnerabilities. With 2020 declared as the year of action on adaptation by the global climate change community, the conference is uniquely placed to build on this momentum.


Conference Aims


Manoeuvre the intrinsically linked roles of practitioners, academicians, policy-makers and communities towards scaling adaptive capacities across vulnerable landscapes and people

Navigate the theme of 'accelerating adaptation action' with prominent Asia focus

Facilitate knowledge sharing, evaluation and learning of actionable solutions across the global north and south



Conference Themes


Governance of Adaptation

Governance of adaptation includes how processes, institutions and actors across different scales...

Limits to Adaptation

There are limits to what humans and ecosystems can adapt to, yet these are still poorly understood...

Fairness and Equity in Adaptation

Fairness in adaptation examines not just the cost and benefit of adaptation actions but also...

Knowledge for Action

An evolved understanding of the causes and the probable impacts of climate variability...

Nature Based Solutions

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) defines nature-based solutions as...

Financing Adaptation

Access to adequate finance is a pivotal concern across international, national and sub-national...