Webinar Series
( 28th Sep - 30st Sep 2020 )

This is the third in our series of webinars, designed as a precursor to the conference as an additional platform to feed into the global adaptation dialogue, highlighting the need to accelerate adaptation in today’s uncertain times. It was conducted over three days, from 28 - 30 September 2020, focusing broadly on the issues of resourcing adaptation, importance of "action research" and Climate Information & Early Warning Systems.
The agenda for the webinar series can be found here
The webinar proceedings are available here.


28 September 2020 - High Level Plenary on Resourcing Adaptation

Successful and effective utilisation of the financial and technological resources underpin all adaptation strategies. Adaptation resourcing strategies can play a critical role in systematically supporting a coordinated approach to identify capital needs throughout the adaptation process, allowing to better integrate adaptation with resilient development. There currently exists an ‘adaptation-gap’, the existence and importance of which is highlighted even further by the current global pandemic. Therefore, to better understand climate change adaptation planning and investment and the potential of resourcing, this webinar seeks to analyse the current adaptation resourcing and financing landscape. The webinar addresses issues of inadequate support for action on adaptation/resilient investment, tools and instruments for improving adaptation resourcing, ways of integrating climate considerations into the existing financial frameworks as well as the issue of contextualisation and scale with respect to adaptation and resourcing. It shall focus on the need for bringing political visibility to the issues of resourcing and through discussion, in an attempt to impact global dialogue towards ‘resourcing’ as opposed to just ‘financing’ adaptation.

The agenda for this webinar can be found here


29 September 2020 - Adaptation Futures 2020- Strengthening knowledge to action linkages: Importance of “action research"

Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals in a changing climate requires renewed and accelerated global effort to prioritise and target investment in science, innovation and technology that can support transformational adaptation - from research through to application - driven by local needs. Research agendas need to be set and implemented in ways that are user-centred, needs-driven and action-orientated, and which build lasting institutional and knowledge capacities in the communities, regions and countries facing the greatest climate adaptation & resilience challenges. The Adaptation Research Alliance (ARA) is a new initiative that seeks to respond to this challenge – and increase investment in research and knowledge to action linkages. This webinar explores the concept of “action-orientated, user-centric” research through specific examples and case studies. It will highlight its importance for accelerating and scaling action, and suggest ways through which it may be supported and made more widespread. Speakers and panelists drawn from a wide array of stakeholders – research organisations, action organisations and funders and sectors will present their perspectives and views. In this way, the webinar will provide important and timely inputs for the development of the ARA.

The agenda for this webinar can be found here


30 September 2020 - Adaptation Futures 2020- Forecasting the Future: Climate Information and Early Warning Systems

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) provides financial support to developing countries to limit or reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to the impacts of climate change, with the goal of promoting paradigm shift towards low emissions and climate resilient development. GCF recognises that significant investment is needed to build climate information and early warning systems (CIEWS) in developing countries, in order to support countries in developing transformative projects for climate action. Protecting vulnerable communities against climate change will require new policies, technological innovations, attitudinal changes and ramping up adaptation and mitigation financing, all of which should be informed by robust climate information and early warning systems. However, many developing countries are unable to provide these services at a range of decision timelines to support climate-resilient development planning and action. To formulate the CIEWS Sector Guide, GCF is engaging in a strategic partnership with World Meteorological Organisation, as well as requesting input from major partners such as the Red Cross Red Crescent, and conducting wide-spread consultations, organising meetings and dialogues to collect expert views on climate information and early warning systems. This session brings together state of the art reflections on GCF’s approach, and solicits audience input to further develop the broad community of practice on CIEWS.

The agenda for this webinar can be found here


Webinar Recording



Day 1 - High Level Plenary on Resourcing Adaptation

Day 2 - Adaptation Futures 2020- Strengthening knowledge to action linkages: Importance of “action research"

Day 3 - Adaptation Futures 2020- Forecasting the Future: Climate Information and Early Warning Systems