The Adaptation Research Alliance (ARA) believes that we need a new paradigm of action-orientated research to inform effective adaptation to reduce the risks from climate change, particularly for countries and communities that are most vulnerable – at the scale and urgency demanded by the science.
That is why as part of the UK COP26 Presidency Adaptation & Resilience campaign, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, worked with partners to co-develop an international Adaptation Research Alliance (ARA), which launched at COP26.
The ARA is a global, collaborative effort to increase investment and opportunities for action research to develop/inform effective adaptation solutions.
Through diverse stakeholder partnerships and collaborations between funders, researchers and actors that make up the ARA membership, we co-create, innovate, and find solutions that have tangible effects on people’s everyday lives.
We believe that climate-vulnerable countries should not only become resilient – but that they should prosper. Together, we can drive the systemic change that is needed in climate research for this to happen, and ensure that research is radically collaborative, southern-led, and provides long-lasting, real-world solutions.
Join the ARA to gain access to an ever-growing network of like-minded organisations, funders, policymakers and actors, all working together to push the agenda for societally impactful action research. To view ARA’s current members, click here.
The Adaptation Research for Impact Principles have been designed by the ARA to better align and link knowledge to action, with the objective of maximising benefits to those most at risk. In particular, widespread endorsement of the Principles should help address some of the key barriers to action research: a disconnect between research and the needs of the most vulnerable; misaligned incentives and institutional barriers; low coherence and coordination in adaptation research; limited capacity in communities and developing countries; and limited learning from implementation.
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