The Adaptation Journey

Join the journey into the world of adaptation and support the mission to adapt our world!

The Water Adaptation Community aims at supporting efforts of adaptation by consolidating existing knowledge on the needed steps of this journey. Here, national government agencies, regional and local governments and other organisations in the driving seat of adaptation can find guidance and support.

The Roadmap

The journey roadmap is meant to support strategic planning, financing and implementation and much more, to enhance understanding on climate adaptation, risk reduction and resilience. 
The roadmap is a result of the combined knowledge and experience of the Water Adaptation Community, synthesising, building consensus on key interventions and innovations, from experience on the ground.
Each step of the journey is described on this webpage with the rationale, identifying strategic areas of intervention and identifying key actions. These actions need to be part of 
the overall climate adaptation planning process and influence national, regional and local government development planning and design.
The adaptation journey is designed to be harmonizing and synergizing with the Paris Agreement for Climate Adaptation, the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Sustainable Development Goals under the Agenda 2030.

How to get involved?

Are you a dedicated person in the adaptation, risk and resilience field? Sign up as a member you can contribute to the journey and exchange lessons learnt with fellows in the Water Adaptation Community. You can support the journey by submitting case studies and articles and engaging in the community with your knowledge. If you want to join or form a community of practice, you can also get a dedicated space in the community websites. We welcome for example national and local government professionals, NGOs, academia and research institutes, private sector, UN entities or organizations, water and resilience networks etc. to join or form their Community of Practice and start engaging, exchanging and learning from the community.  


Learn more about the adaptation journey

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Get organised and strengthen institutional capacity

This means creating or assigning an organizational structure to coordinate and be responsible for the climate adaptation mainstreaming process.

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Assess climate risk

Climate risk assessments identify the likelihood of current and future climate hazards and their impacts.

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Risk dialogues and strategising

When climate risks have been assessed for multiple actors and sectors, these need to be coordinated and prioritizations worked out.

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Sufficient financial resources and capacity to access available resources are critical for adaptation. 

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Policies and regulations

The right policies and regulations can boost action and support implementation of climate adaptation.

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Innovation, evaluation, learning and behaviour change

Adaptation will be a collective effort, meaning that many people from various sectors and levels will have to collaborate. 

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Planning, implementation, and operation

Mainstreaming adaptation means to increasingly take onboard water as a structural agent in spatial planning.

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