Resurgence are pleased to join, and combine forces with The Adaptation Research Alliance (ARA) and their mission to address the disconnect between research on climate adaptation solutions, and the needs of the most vulnerable globally.
‘We are delighted to join ARA,“ says Mark Harvey, CEO of Resurgence, ‘it is clear to us that there there is a knowledge vacuum on the complex, increasingly digitised, information ecologies of urban communities in cities such as Lagos and Karachi exposed to floods, heatwaves and other climate hazards. The death of research in this area is compounded by scant investment in understanding community access to, trust in, and actionability of weather forecasts and high impact weather alerts. The result of these research gaps is that we risk developing early warning systems for exposed urban settlements with blindfolds on. We look forward to working with the community of researchers at ARA to address this squarely.’
The UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO Services) launched The Adaptation Research Alliance (ARA) ahead of COP26, earlier this year. At present the global research community is not sufficiently mobilised and connected to those on the front lines — governments, communities and marginalised people.
This imbalance is what the Adaptation Research Alliance (ARA) seeks to address as a matter of priority, particularly for the end-users’ needs.
ARA is a coalition across the adaptation research and action communities, bringing together researchers and both traditional ‘research funders’ and ‘action funders’, that will result in practical and effective adaptation and resilience solutions.
Members of ARA include International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, University of Maryland and SouthSouthNorth.
Watch this video to find out more about this action research initiative here.