Adaptation Learning Mechanism
Description/achievement of initiative

Adaptation to climate change is a growing priority for development agencies, governments and vulnerable communities. However, capacity and awareness are often limited, and experiences have yet to be widely shared. The ALM partnership initiative will draw from experiences on the ground, featuring tools and practical guidance to meet the needs of developing countries. Seeking to provide stakeholders with a common platform for sharing and learning, the ALM will also complement the wide range of adaptation knowledge networks and initiatives already underway. For example, the ALM is collaborating with the Nairobi Work Programme, particularly the 'Methods and Tools' and 'Planning and Practices' areas of work, and the interactive weADAPT platform.

The ALM will develop tools and resources to support:
1. Adaptation practices what can be done to adapt to climate change on the ground
2. Integration of climate change risks and adaptation into development policy, planning and operations how can policies and plans support adaptation over time
3. Capacity building how can people be better assisted in becoming equipped for adapting to climate change?


Government of France - Institut de l Énergie et de l Environnement de la Francophonie
Government of Switzerland - Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

Major Groups:
Heifer International (United States of America)

Other intergovernmental organizations:
UNFCCC (Germany)
UNEP (Kenya)
World Bank (United States of America)

Nautilus/AdaptNet (Australia)
Africa AdaptNet (IDS/FARA) (Kenya)
Institute of Development Studies (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
IFPRI (United States of America)

Action Network
  • Partnerships for SD (CSD11/WSSD)
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