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[CIRCLE-2/DLR] workshop on "science-practice collaboration on climate change adaptation between Europe and low-income-countries" - Presentation now available

With European research funds on climate change adaptation expected to increase considerably in the coming years, it is important to explore ways of spending this as effectively as possible, in particular through improving science-practice interactions for the benefit of effective adaptation in low-income countries. This was the background of the international expert workshop on 29 January 2014 organised by CIRCLE-2 and the German Development Institute.

Workshop policy-brief HERE

08.30 Registration and coffee/tea

09:00 Plenary opening: welcome and introduction to the workshop

Britta Horstmann/ DIE & Rob Swart/ CIRCLE 2

09.30 Identification of research-practice priority needs in climate change adaptation from the
perspective of low-income-countries:

1. What are relevant adaptation-related knowledge needs in low-income countries and how can

these be identified?

2. How can experiences in science-practice interaction in low-income-countries be used to shape

European funding programmes?

3. What are related (research policy) processes and structures that shape knowledge sharing between

science and practice and what is the governance behind these? How are topics selected and who

selects topics?

Plenary presentations (15 minutes + discussion) on:

Identifying knowledge needs in data poor environments: the role of initiatives such as PROVIA

and Future Earth in harmonising processes, approaches and formats"; Chris Gordon/ Institute for

Environment and Sanitation Studies and PROVIA - PRESENTATION

Meeting knowledge needs in low-income countries – the approach of the Africa Adaptation

Knowledge Network; Mr. Antwi-Boasiako Amoah/ Environmental Protection Agency, Ghana - PRESENTATION

Adaptation and knowledge needs in low-income countries – a practice-oriented approach from a

national perspective; ASM Sayem/ ICDDR, Bangladesh - PRESENTATION

Supporting the knowledge base in and strengthening cooperation with South America – a

Mexican view; Carlos Patiño Gómez/ University of las Americas Puebla, Mexico - PRESENTATION

11:15 Coffee break

11:45 4. What are strength and weaknesses of existing processes and structures? What are gaps?

Panel discussion with brief 5 minutes inputs/reflections:

• An analytical perspective on the science/practice gap; Roger Kasperson/ Clark University

• CCA Knowledge brokering and network; Anne Hammill/ IISD

• An NGO perspective; Sven Harmeling/ Care International

• A development agency perspective; Michael Hoppe/GIZ

• A research cooperation perspective; Gerold Heinrichs, German Aerospace Centre (DLR)


13:00 Lunch

14:00 The role of research funding organizations in supporting the knowledge base in low-income countries and in strengthening cooperation

Plenary presentations (15 minutes + discussion).

A new approach by the World Bank; Habiba Gitay/ The World Bank - PRESENTATION

What is the potential role of JPI in supporting the knowledge base and analytic capacities in lowincome

countries in the field of CCA; Kirsten Broich Mathisen/ The Research Council of Norway and JPI - PRESENTATION

Regional research programming – Initiatives in Africa; Olaf Pollmann, German Aerospace Centre (DLR) - PRESENTATION

15.30 Coffee/tea

16:00 Identify the way forward: how can science-practice interaction between low-income and
European countries be improved?

Discussion with all participants

17:00 Wrap up and closure


Organizing committee:


Birgit Kuna and Sachiko Ito (Project Management Agency, German Aerospace Center (PT-DLR));

Rob Swart (Wageningen University); Marianne Lillieskold (SEPA);


German Development Institute/ Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE):

Britta Horstmann and Pieter Pauw;