An introduction to weADAPT (2011)

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Overview of weADAPT and why it could be useful for your work.

Overview of weADAPT and why it could be useful for your work.

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  • What have we tried to improve? Multiple logos, incentives for contribution
  • Better interface for sharing and editing etc
  • ToRs for Editors Ownership vs quality control
  • Self organising links – facilitating learning process, avoiding redundancy and unecessary replication – increased collaborative opportunities Tools: Adx, CIP, Vulnerability and adaptation assessment, paticipatory apporaches Projects: GE Organisations: Institutional barriers – logos, external urls People: trust, ownership, quality control, access, mushrooming, increasing capacity to manage own networks, Initiatives: CBA, Asia Pacific
  • Links networks that would not otherwise be connected.
  • Multiple logos in placemarks etc….also adding content individually build profile of organisation as a by-product without the user doing anything special (just via their link to their organisation).
  • Members are suggested based on common interests or contributions
  • Organisation profile is enhanced by individual contributions
  • User-friendly urls – all data is linked in to all other relevant content including articles, projects, individuals, partner organisations and other initiatives and networks
  • Create more adaptation stories using spatial data


  • 1. +weADAPT:sharing information and learning lessons onclimate adaptation issues
  • 2. Principles Adaptation is  a complex process of socio-institutional learning  recognises often competing stakeholder goals and processes  uses information at various levels and in many ways  The future is uncertain, but we know enough to act Adaptation strategies and actions should be robust against a wide variety of future conditions; rather than assuming we can predict future impacts and provide climate proofing measures. The value of information is in  reducing the uncertainty in making a decision  integrating climate change and climate change adaptation in good enough practice in risk management
  • 3. Objectives Users will find accessible information and tools to guide development of adaptation projects Users will be able to upload their experiences, sharing successes (and challenges), to reflect and learn from each other. Create a broad community of practitioners and researchers, drawing upon the collaboration with planners and decision-makers, to accelerate development of professional and institutional capacity for adaptation. The ultimate aim of the platform is to promote adaptation as a process of socio-institutional learning, supported by shared information on present and future risks.
  • 4. + Questions we have tried to explore  In what ways can we represent both high quality scientific and local knowledge?  How do we build and link communities of practise?  How do we build trust and break down barriers in sharing?  How do we encourage this knowledge to be used?  How do we support continuous learning?
  • 5. Principles
  • 6. + Identified needs  learn about knowledge networks  increase knowledge sharing capacity  improve collaboration  build on existing research, avoid redundancy  collective ownership  linking different knowledge systems  decision making knowledge  downscaled climate data – link to CIP- weADAPT user journeys
  • 7. Guidance and Experience Knowledge Base  Pages  Guides Briefing Notes  Climate change science for development planning  Climate Change Information Portal  Uncertainty Manuals and Toolkits  Vulnerability assessment and analysis  Adaptation Decision Making Review Adaptation Layer  500+ case studies (placemarks) of lessons learnt
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  • 9. Initiatives / topics
  • 10. Initiatives / topics
  • 11. Adaptation Layer
  • 12. Knowledge sharing opportunities,synthesis of lessons learned and communication ofclimate adaptation stories
  • 13. + Why weADAPT?  Going beyond knowledge sharing  Integrating knowledge in intelligent ways  Ensuring it is from a variety of credible sources  Linking communities of practise with different needs and approaches  Linking different types of knowledge
  • 14. + Lessons learnt  More ownership  The process ensures quality  Increase knowledge sharing capacity  Improved links between content and people  Facilitating ability to grow networks  Intelligent and intuitive – tailored and personalised  User-friendly urls needed
  • 15. + Lessons learnt  Less technical content (linking communities)  Improved editing interface (user friendly)  Improved quality control  Links to climate information in useful ways (CIP)  Incorporating GIS for ‘Adaptation Stories’
  • 16. + Ownership  Different levels of user access
  • 17. + Processes for sharing content
  • 18. + Integrating information
  • 19. + Bridging networks
  • 20. + Breaking down barriers to sharing  Contributions = visibility  For individual  For organisation  Between individuals and organisations  Increasing multiplicity of links to many other types of content
  • 21. +Link to people interested in the same issues and grow your network
  • 22. + Visibility Increasing visibility of both individual and organisation
  • 23. + Visibility
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  • 25. + COBAM
  • 26. + Add adaptation projects to the weADAPT Adaptation Layer - search for what others are doing!
  • 27. + Make edits... ...and view changes
  • 28. + Adaptation LayerUsing search terms you are interested in and createadaptation stories (example video)
  • 29. + Knowledge base article All content is meaningfully integrated in our Knowledge Base, creating intelligent links with other data
  • 30. + Forests and climate changeAll data is linked in to all other relevant content including articles,projects, individuals, partner organisations and other initiatives andnetworks
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  • 33. + Initiative on adaptation decision- making
  • 34. + Stories and Narratives of Adaptation  Experience  Climate Data  Other biophysical data (e.g. WEAP, agro- ecological zones, etc)  Forest change simulation  Data on adaptation projects  = stories and key messages
  • 35. + Next steps Integrating and linking to downscaled climate data – see user journeys at Adaptation decision-making – see tools review at Adaptation Decision Explorer (ADx) prototype for screening adaptation options
  • 36. + Next steps n Register at n Add your organisation and logo n Fill out your profile  n Sign up to initiatives you are interested in For questions or technical problems contact us at
  • 37. Get in touch  We are always responding to requests for new features to allow networks to use their site space in their own ways  We are also seeking Knowledge Partners who wish to take over topic areas or create new ones and manage them for their own networks For questions on weADAPT contact us at Thank you