Where to next? Research to support climate action from 2020–2030 and beyond

A creative temporary adaptation measure to floods in Bangladesh.
Photo: Saiful Alam
Event date:
October 02, 2020
Microsoft Teams ,
9:30am - 11:30am

What are the big questions for climate change research over the next 10 years? What are the gaps in our existing knowledge, and what are the priorities for decision-makers in the decade ahead? What capacities are required for climate change researchers to make a real difference during this period of urgent and accelerating action? IDRC has been asking these questions for well over a year. In this first of a series of brown bags, we invite colleagues from across the Centre and beyond to join us on the start of a learning journey in which we will reflect together on the basic question: Where to next?

Over the past year, IDRC has engaged leading experts around the world in a series of scoping studies intended to help shape future climate change programming in developing countries. We asked the leaders of these scoping studies to identify climate change adaptation research priorities five to 10 years into the future. These efforts have been directed largely, but not exclusively, toward informing the design of the Climate Adaptation and Resilience program (CLARE), a partnership between IDRC and the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office. The potential uses of the recommendations that have emerged are vast, extending far beyond the CLARE program, IDRC, and indeed any one project, program, or organization.

The response to climate change in the next ten years will require coordinated efforts and action on multiple fronts. In this discussion, we will delve into the findings from scoping studies that explored research gaps, research trends, and the needs of decision-makers. We invite you to join us as we seek the points of convergence in these perspectives, identify priorities for climate change adaptation research, and discuss mechanisms to take these recommendations forward within and beyond IDRC.

The event will be facilitated by Georgina Cundill Kemp and Bruce Currie-Alder.

Please email cc@idrc.ca for an invitation to attend the event.


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