The World Adaptation Science Programme was officially launched at COP24 at an event sponsored by UN Environment, WMO, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change secretariat, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Green Climate Fund.
The programme is envisaged as an interface between the research community and decision makers and other stakeholders and will seek to improve policy-relevant research on vulnerability, impacts and adaptation and link this science to policy.
“The whole purpose of this programme is to make the science work for adaptation on the ground,” said UNEP chief scientist Jian Liu.
“Adaptation alone will not work. Mitigation alone will not work. We need to work to maximize the synergies and minimize the tradeoffs,” said WMO Deputy Secretary-General Elena Manaeknova.
The World Science Adaptation Programme will focus primarily on the provision of climate science and policy services to support the UNFCCC and IPCC.
Specifically, it will:
- Develop and provide evidence-based guidance for adaptation planning, implementation and evaluation
- Identify and address knowledge gaps through the promotion of research
- Strengthening networks within and across the science, policy and practice communities to support knowledge sharing and learning by doing
- Promote capacity strengthening in adaptation among the research, policy and practitioner communities.
It replaces the Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA).