Activities - Global Adaptation Network (GAN)

Fact Sheet
• The Global Adaptation Network (GAN) was developed
through a UNEP-facilitated consultative processes with
key partners and potential target groups between 2008
and 2010.
• Overall objective: To help build climate resilience of
vulnerable communities, ecosystems and economies
through the mobilization of knowledge for adaptation.
• Aims to create links with already existing Adaptation
Networks and knowledge initiatives, facilitating access to
their services.
• Builds on four regional networks: Latin America and the
Caribbean, Asia Pacific, West Asia, and Africa.
Global Adaptation Knowledge Portal:
GAN Work Areas (global)
1. Improving the availability and accessibility of
knowledge through online portals, knowledgesharing events, and knowledge products
2. Building capacity for using knowledge for adaptation
policy-setting, planning and practices through
training events, advisory services and institutional
3. Linking regional and thematic adaptation networks,
providing them support, and catalysing the
establishment of further networks
Global GAN Functions
Compilation and dissemination of existing knowledge:
• Global knowledge-sharing and capacity building
events, including seminars and workshops for
knowledge exchange and joint learning (e.g. the
annual Adaptation Knowledge Days at the Bonn
Climate Change Talks)
• Knowledge products, such as policy briefs and
thematic reports
• Provision of technical assistance to regional networks
Global Adaptation Knowledge Portal:
Online Portal:
Goal: Improved availability and accessibility of knowledge for adaptation
Planned Functions:
• Access to knowledge created through GAN and regional network activities
• Entry points to other adaptation knowledge providers
• Information on tools, methods and approaches to adaptation, case
studies, good practices and lessons learnt
• An interactive forum to enable users to exchange information,
experiences and lessons learnt, and discuss emerging issues
• Database of regional and national experts in key technical areas,
connecting the demand for advice and technical support with the
• Rapid-response advisory function, directing requests and queries to a
roster of experts for the provision of real-time guidance and advisory
• News updates and information on upcoming adaptation events
Online by December 2012 - Work in Progress
Target Audiences
• Adaptation practitioners, experts and policy
• Communities affected by climate change
• Existing adaptation networks and knowledge
Regional Networks
Three operational Regional Networks:
- REGATTA: Regional Gateway for Technology
Transfer and Climate Change Action in LAC Region
- APAN: Asia Pacific Adaptation Network
- WARN-CC: West Asia Regional Network on
Climate Change
One under development:
- AAKNet: Africa Adaptation Knowledge
REGATTA: Climate Change Gateway in
LAC region
• Donors: Spain and Norway
• Objective: Strengthen the
mobilization and sharing of knowledge on climate change by
supporting of key regional, sub-regional and national
• Activities: Seminars, workshops and policy dialogues, regional
and sub-regional assessments (e.g. on regional vulnerability
indicators and legal frameworks for adaptation)
• Pilot projects in Gran Chaco, Mesoamerica, Caribbean and
Andes help to generate knowledge and lessons learnt on
mainstreaming adaptation into development planning processes
• Regional Climate Change Knowledge and Technology Hubs
Knowledge Portal:
Knowledge Platform
• Launched in July 2012
• Adaptation and
mitigation portals
• Structured around
“Communities of
Practice” managed by
Centres of Excellence
A synergistic approach to
online platform development
• Collaboration with IDB on design and moderation
of several Communities of Practice
APAN: Asia Pacific Adaptation Network
• Donors: Japan, Sweden and Asian Development Bank (ADB)
• Aims: Generating and sharing of knowledge, facilitating the
application of knowledge, supporting access to finance, and
strengthening capacity of different stakeholders
• Activities: Capacity building activities, assessments, seminars and
workshops (including the biennial Asia Pacific Adaptation Forum),
publication of e-newsletters
• Regional hub in Bangkok, co-hosted by IGES and RRC.AP
• Sub-regional APAN activities carried out by sub-regional and
thematic nodes, located in Central Asia, South Asia, South East Asia,
North East Asia, and the Pacific
• Steering Committee oversees the overall activities of APAN with the
secretariat situated at UNEP Regional Office for Asia Pacific (ROAP)
• 2012: APAN and Adaptation Knowledge Platform (AKP) will join forces
Online Knowledge Platform:
• Knowledge shop for existing adaptation information in Asia
and the Pacific
• Most comprehensive web-driven adaptation knowledge
base in the region
• Gathers, generates and promotes exchange of information
• Sixteen themes, sorted by country and five sub-regions
A substantial collection of
press releases, news and
Target Audiences
• Organizations and individual experts who
contribute to the knowledge base through
• Novice visitors or other members of the public
looking for up-to-date information on adaptation
in the region
• Decision-makers and civil society organizations
who need a holistic view about good adaptation
• Adaptation practitioners on the ground who use
the portal for information exchange
A multitude of APAN Knowledge Partners
Mangroves for the Future
DRR Project Portal
Red Cross
Adaptation Learning Mechanism
Climate Himalaya Initiative
Nepal Climate Change and
Development Portal
• South East Asia START regional
WARN-CC: West Asia Regional
Network on Climate Change
• Donor: Swedish International Development
Cooperation Agency (SIDA)
• Goal: to enhance capacities in West Asia to integrate
climate change into national development and to
formulate and implement national climate change
programmes, through mobilizing knowledge,
technology and resources
• Work areas: climate change mitigation, adaptation,
technology and finance
• Activities: Network of national climate change focal
points, meetings, mapping and stocktaking studies
• Website and expert database under development
Africa Adaptation
Knowledge Network
• Under development
• Will function as an adaptation knowledge hub, promoting
cooperation and collaboration using experiences and lessons
learnt from the implementation of independent actions in
different locations.
• Will bring together practitioners, policy makers, researchers,
community members, and others to compare, contrast and
collate the lessons learnt from actions addressing climate risks.
• Builds on on-going efforts around the region to mobilize
existing knowledge and best practices, such as the UNEP-UNDP
Climate Change Adaptation and Development Initiative
• Global Adaptation Network:

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