Water Adaptation Community

The Water Adaptation Community (WAC) is a multi-actor platform that supports collaboration, learning and practical action in water climate adaptation and resilience. It works as a broker between solution seekers and solution providers in the water cycle. It supports the understanding of what adaptation means in practice and supports efforts for adaptation mainstreaming. It does this by engaging Communities of Practice, including NGOs, scientists, experts, policy makers and decision-makers in the most pressing questions and adaptation issues, consolidating and supporting knowledge brokering and innovation through stories, blogs, webinars and e-learning. Focus is on governance, finance and behaviour change.

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State and Trends in Adaptation 2021 : Africa
Event

Webinar: Water in the State and Trends in Adaptation Report 2021: Africa

15/12/2021 - 10:30 to 12:00

This webinar aims to bring forward the unique water perspective on adaptation for Africa. While many of the climate impacts are water related, adaptation presents many opportunities to leverage and highlight water issues to accelerate economic and human development.

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State and Trends in Adaptation 2021 : Africa
News

Water Adaptation: Plans and Possibilities for Africa

How can Africa respond swiftly and strategically to its changing water challenges? The 2021 State and Trends in Adaptation Report by the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) with a focus on Africa, provides an insight into the current state and prospects of water-related resilience in Africa, and lays out a detailed blueprint for water-resource management.

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The Adaptation Journey (mainstreaming)

Communities of Practice and other partners are consulted to identify essential adaptation solutions and principles for national, regional, urban and community level mainstreaming. These steps are developed by synthesising and consolidating existing knowledge and action. Here, national government agencies, regional and local governments and other organisations in the driving seat of adaptation can find guidance and support.  

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Hotspots

Increasing climate pressures mean that attention to so-called hotspot areas is critical, for example coastal areas that experience sea level rise. The area approach is also important to address complexity, as climate change means a cocktail of risks that interact. This demands increased understanding of how multiple risks can be addressed in coordination and synergy.

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Communities of Practice

Community of practice

Innovation, learning and behaviour change

Learning is claimed to be key for supporting water adaptation and the related governance. For this social learning to happen, actors need to interact and support a change in understanding that occurs...
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Water and Culture

Water may not hold memory, but the communities managing the water do. Water managers and planners can and should benefit from a rich past of water knowledge in innovating for water related climate...
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Community of practice

Social inclusion

The Community of Practice on Social Inclusion aims towards understanding how to better do project and program design to pay attention to social inclusion.
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Community of practice

Nature based solutions

Nature-based solutions become more and more important to achieve the global goals within the planetary boundaries.
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Community of practice

River basin and watershed management

River basin and watershed management is critical to ensure a holistic take on water flows to prevent and mitigate floods, drought and maintain ecosystem integrity.
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Floating Development

Floating Development showcases innovative floating solutions which contribute to increasing climate and urban resilience.
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Featured Case Studies

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Case Study

Policy on open stormwater in Oslo - a game changer

The Oslo municipality policy on stormwater has turned out to be a game changer for the city's green spaces and water management. 

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