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Virtual KE activity #4: Communications, knowledge brokering and stewardship to stimulate and enable action

Discussions at this event focused on approaches being used by CAPs to better communicate with users to ensure the provision of information and data suitable to meet their needs.
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Setting the stage for VKE4: Knowledge brokering to stimulate and enable action

Communication and knowledge brokering

14 January 2021

This fourth KE4CAP virtual knowledge exchange (VKE) event focused on two questions related to communications, knowledge brokering and stewardship to stimulate and enable action:

  1. what we need to understand about user needsto communicate and broker knowledge effectively;and
  2. how these different aspects inform how we go about communications and knowledge brokering, including to address the needs of different audiences.

The presentation above set the stage for the discussion and we are also very grateful to a number of platforms from across the network that shared really insightful and useful examples on this topic drawing from their own experience (see presentations and slides below).

Over 40 participants working on adaptation platforms in 18 countries (Australia, Canada, Europe, Finland, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Philippines, Scotland, South Africa, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, UK) joined the discussions together with members of the Climate Knowledge Brokers group, the Copernicus Climate Change Service and the National Adaptation Plan Global Network.

Two breakout sessions enabled discussions in three groups, each focused on a specific level where adaptation actions are needed: National government/national adaptation planning, Local government/local adaptation planning, and Citizens/community level adaptation.

A report from the event can be downloaded to the right.

Examples of how climate adaptation platforms are communicating, sharing and ‘brokering’ knowledge

Examples from across the network

This slide deck contains slides contributed by the following platforms showing how they undertake knowledge brokering on their websites: Adaptation to Climate Change in Spain (AdapteCCa), Climate Finance Knowledge Portal (India), Climate Guide (Finland –, and Adaptation Scotland (including ‘Climate Ready Places‘).

These examples demonstrate how information and knowledge is structured to help users find and engage with data and information.

KE4CAP VKE4 platform brokering examples

Knowledge brokering on Climate-ADAPT

This presentation by Kati Mattern, EEA with support of Valentina Giannini, ETC CCA, explains how knowledge brokering is undertaken on the European climate change adaptation platform Climate-ADAPT, including how the platform works with information providers to need the needs of diverse stakeholders at various stages of the adaptation cycle.

The Canadian Centre for Climate Services: Connecting Canadians with Climate Information

This presentation by Valerie Cote explains how the Canadian Centre for Climate Services (CCCS) is supporting Canadians to understand and adapt to climate change. The presentation shows how the CCCS platforms act as a bridge between climate data and users and how they help translate information and knowledge to make it actionable.

The National Adaptation Planning Global Network

This presentation by Christian Ledwell, IISD, provides an overview of the work of the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Global Network and insights from this work on the factors that help national adaptation planners and stakeholders make use of knowledge and data (i.e., peer learning, targeted technical support to apply knowledge resources, co-creation of knowledge).

Knowledge brokering and knowledge products on the TCCIP platform

This presentation by Joyce Chang and Wilson Lin showcases the latest knowledge brokering developments on the Taiwan Climate Change Projection Information and Adaptation Knowledge Platform (TCCIP).

Knowledge brokering for awareness raising and capacity building in the Pacific

Shared by Geoff Gooley, CSIRO

The Pacific Adventures of the Climate Crab

This animation and toolkit raises awareness of the science and impacts of El Niño and La Niña and encourages Pacific Islanders to take early action in preparing for these extreme events. The film stars a comical and highly resilient crab and follows her escapades across the Pacific.

The animation comes with a resource ‘tool kit’ to help facilitators link the information in the film with smart decision-making and action on the ground. The tool kit contains an Action Handbook and a PowerPoint presentation. All the resources can be found here.

Cloud Nasara

This animation and toolkit produced in three languages (Bislama, English and French) which raises awareness of the science and impacts of El Niño and La Niña in Vanuatu and encourages the people of Vanuatu to take early action in preparing for these extreme events.

The Cloud Nasara animation tells the story of a cloud meeting place, floating high above the Pacific, and its interactions with a small island village, inhabited by a colourful cast of characters, including a reggae-obsessed parrot and a string band.

The Tool Kit helps facilitators to link the information in the film with smart decision-making and action on the ground. It includes bingo cards, picture cards, a PowerPoint presentation and an Action Handbook. The Tool Kit encourages discussion around how communities, schools, organisations, government departments and businesses in Vanuatu can access forecast information from the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-hazard Department (VMGD), pro-actively communicate and work together with other stakeholders, and take early action to prepare for future El Niño and La Niña events. All the resources can be found here.

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