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SHARE

Objectives

a) Share knowledge, experiences and preliminary, intermediate and final research results to support policy development and research programming with focus on climate projections, scenarios and predictions, impacts, vulnerability, monitoring and national/regional adaptation response strategies.

b) Strengthen the science-policy interface on CCIVA issues by intensifying the European and transnational linkage between science and policy development. Select, develop and implement appropriate methods and tools to best support stakeholder needs and their research.

c) Encourage and facilitate international transfer of research outcomes by convening and balancing knowledge differences between Europe and other regions or countries. Make CIRCLE-2's relevant research results and adaptation strategies available for other countries in and beyond the EU.

Description of work

Work package Leaders: SMHI and KvK

Duration: 47 months

Starting date: June 2010

European research programmes have, over the last years, generated a large amount of new knowledge on CCIVA. This knowledge generation is expected to be further expanded and complemented by new research during CIRCLE-2 lifetime. WP SHARE intends to further enhance the exchange of knowledge between scientists and policy makers across Europe and by doing so, support policy development and targeted research programming.

SHARE will identify and engage key stakeholders and enable knowledge transfer applying a variety of methods and tools. Shared knowledge will have its origin in the relevant outcomes funded under national programmes, CIRCLE-2 and relevant FP6 and FP7 ongoing research.

This Work package is designed to allow CCIVA research funders and managers to further develop and reprioritize their programmes, to maximize the policy-relevance of their results and to identify opportunities for transnational research initiatives.

SHARE will support European and other policy developers in their assessments of adaptation options and implementation of their adaptation strategies by enhancing their access to results and ongoing research.

Tasks

Work package SHARE is divided in 3 Tasks:

Task 4.1: Sharing CCIVA scientific knowledge

Task Leaders: SMHI and KvK

Task Members: FFCUL; EAA; CMCC; EPA-I; PT-DLR and DEFRA

Task 4.1 will respond to the need for exchange of knowledge on CCIVA across Europe by sharing results and assessing gaps from past and ongoing research projects and programmes. This task will connect research actors and research users and will focus on knowledge and methods in the fields of climate projections, impacts, vulnerability, monitoring, and on regional and national adaptation response strategies.

The results will be relevant for research programming in national and EU programmes and will support ongoing policy development at regional, national and European level. Experiences regarding good practices, methods, examples and possible shortcomings of adaptation strategies and initiatives will be collected, synthesized, and actively shared within the consortium and beyond.

Priority research themes with generic international, European and transnational relevance will be addressed in a CIRCLE-2 Workshop Series organised either separate from or in combination with other national or international meetings. This sharing of knowledge across science and policy will support an active dialogue on various research topics dealing with climate projections, scenarios, impacts, vulnerabilities, monitoring and national/regional adaptation response strategies, among other fields of climate research and policy.

Task 4.2: Climate knowledge transfer: A European science-and-policy platform for CCIVA research

Task Leader: PT-DLR

Task Members: FFCUL; EAA; CMCC; MEDDE; MINECO; SMHI; KvK; EPA-I; FORMAS and DEFRA

Task 4.2 focuses on processes (i.e. the mechanisms to foster interaction between policy makers, programme managers and research communities) at the European and transnational level, in order to meet the highly innovative challenges of climate research and policy that go beyond providing climate data to users.

The political context at all relevant levels (global, European, trans-national, national, regional and local) as well as science-driven knowledge questions should all influence research programming, funding and the development of a European-wide climate research agenda.

Task 4.2 will deal with networking to share experiences on the science-policy interface and explore whether and how advancement of this interface platform would benefit from transnational collaboration. Such platform shall be closely aligned with the European Commission's initiative, supported by the EEA, to develop a Clearing House on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation. CIRCLE-2 aims to act as a vehicle to promote the availability of national CCIVA research programmes at the European level through this Clearing House.

Task 4.3: Encouragement and facilitation of CCIVA knowledge production and transfer

Task Leader: SEPA

Task Members: FFCUL; MEDDE; MINECO; SMHI; KvK and PT-DLR

There are significant differences between CIRCLE-2 Partners, Contributing Partners and related organisations in non-CIRCLE-2 countries (e.g. some neighbouring countries) as to their capability to assess Climate Change vulnerabilities and to design adaptation strategies and policies. There are also significant differences in the research programming and funding of these issues.

Through Task 4.3 CIRCLE-2 makes relevant national research results from its Partners and Contributing Partners available to countries not taking part in CIRCLE-2 (e.g. neighbouring and developing countries). The organisation of dedicated open events is a possibility, but the consortium will make an effort to use the CIRCLE-2 Workshop Series and other international meetings on climate change capacity building as a support for this work.

Task 4.3 will further include an assessment of the transferability of knowledge, data, methods and tools that have been developed in CIRCLE-2 member countries and that have proven usability at the national or transnational level. This connects well with the exploration by CIRCLE-2 of activities in other geographical areas and with the assessment of possible joint calls including non-CIRCLE-2 countries.