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Climate Change Networks & Communities


The C-Change Project, Managing Adaptation to Environmental Change in Coastal Communities: Canada and the Caribbean, is a collaborative International Community-University Research Alliance (ICURA) initiative whose goal is to assist participating coastal communities in sharing experiences and tools that aid adaptation to pending changes in their physical and social coastal environments. These environmental changes include (1) flooding associated with storm surge, (2) coastal erosion, (3) rising sea-levels, (4) seawater intrusion in coastal aquifers, (5) coastal and sea pollution caused by wastewaters and solid wastes that have been treated ineffectively, and (6) impacts associated with increasingly extreme weather events.

Climate Action Network

The Climate Action Network (CAN) is a worldwide network of over 365 Non- Governmental Organizations (NGOs) working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels.

Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)

The Climate and Development Knowledge Network is managed by an alliance of organisations led by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), and including Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano, INTRAC, LEAD International, the Overseas Development Institute, and SouthSouthNorth supporting 'climate compatible development'. The team brings together a wide range of experience across the fields of climate change and development, research, policy development, knowledge management, networking and capacity-building, as well as substantial expertise in the management of global initiatives. CDKN can provide technical assistance and research, supporting knowledge sharing and partnership development in Africa, the Americas and Asia. The £50 million Climate and Development Knowledge Network, funded over five years by DFID, will link 60 developing countries with leading climate and development experts, allowing them to commission and share knowledge on how best to tackle the effects of climate change.

Climate Knowledge Brokers (CKB) Group

The Climate Knowledge Brokers (CKB) Group is an emerging alliance of around 50 of the leading global, regional and national websites specialising in climate and development information. It brings together a diverse set of information players, from international organisations to research institutes, NGOs and good practice networks, and covers the full breadth of climate related themes. The focus is on primarily online initiatives, and those that play an explicit knowledge brokerage role, rather than being simply institutional websites.

CKB's goal is to improve access to climate information by coordinating and orchestrating the efforts of climate knowledge brokers.

Climate-Eval community of practice

Climate-Eval is the online platform of the broader community of practice (CoP) on climate change and development evaluation whose objectives include the following: 1. an electronic library for Climate Change and Development Evaluation 2. a book launch and publication of the International Conference papers, 'Evaluating Climate Change and Development' (published and available to order) 3. five studies on climate change adaptation and mitigation 4. host virtual discussions

Climate-L - Climate change info mailing list (IISD)

CLIMATE-L is a news and announcement listserv that focuses on climate change policy and issues. Postings include breaking climate news, announcements of workshops/conferences, job listings, and information on new publications and online resources. CLIMATE-L also distributes IISD RS latest publication: Climate Change Policy & Practice Daily Feed.

Commission of Ecosystem Management (CEM)

The Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM) is one of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s six scientific Commissions. CEM is a network of volunteer experts from around the world working on ecosystem management related issues. The Commission works closely with other IUCN Commissions, regional offices and global thematic programmes. CEM and its individual members are involved in a wide range of Ecosystem Management activities and is supported by the Ecosystem Management Programme as its Secretariat, located at the IUCN Headquarters in Gland, Switzerland.

Community of Practice on Climate Risk Transfer Solutions

The Strategic Alliance on Climate Risk Transfer Solutions (STA) provides a platform on climate risk transfer solutions, allowing researchers, practitioners and anyone interested in climate risk transfer instruments and other climate related themes to interact.

As a visitor, you can use the Community of Practice to gather news on different aspects of sovereign climate risk transfer which is regularly compiled and edited on this page. As a registred user, you can also see potential comments of other peer group members and upload your own relevant material.

  • How to participate: To become part of the Community of Practice and share your valuable knowledge, see comments of other experts and be part of a growing community create an account on our website and begin sharing your work and experiences.
  • Website: https://climate-risk-transfer.org/


Women for climate justice is the global network of women and gender activists and experts from all world regions working for gender and climate justice.

Global Development Network (GDNet)

GDNet provides southern researchers with a space to profile their work and opportunities to engage with others working in development policy and practice including topics such as Disaster Risk Reduction or Climate Change Adaptation. The tools and services that it offers have been developed specifically to support researchers working in developing countries and to make their work known to an international audience.

The GDNet Knowledgebase is a comprehensive internet portal to development research produced in developing countries. Free to use, it features more than 16,500 research papers which are accompanied by clear conclusion based summaries. You can browse by topic through the GDNet Thematic Windows.

GDNet offers a range of journals services to address the difficulty faced by many researchers in the global south in accessing journal articles to support their research. GDNet facilitates access to journals and scholarly literature, providing researchers and research organizations in low and middle income countries with access to journals services that are normally only available to paying subscribers subject to terms of agreement with the service provider. Access is granted to eligible researchers who have registered a profile on the GDNet Knowledgebase.


The purpose of LAND-L is to provide a free, moderated, community communications tool, allowing subscribers to post announcements related to desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD) as well as sustainable land management (SLM) events, policy developments, publications and new initiatives. LAND-L is not a discussion list and is limited to non-commercial, non-political announcements.

LinkedIn groups on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation

LinkedIn is a professional network which provide an opportunity to create discussion groups on particular topics.

The following groups are available on LinkedIn:

Coastal Adaptation - planning to adapt to coastal climate change
This group is being developed by the IMCORE project partnership. This online tool is the final output of the IMCORE project and the most valuable learnings come from the real life experiences of 9 partnerships (ECNs) who have gone through the process of planning for adaptation in a broad range of contexts (and different “starting points”) through building the evidence required and the capacity of organisations and stakeholders, testing a variety of innovative tools and developing adaptation strategies.

Visit the group's page online.

Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation in European Forestry
This group connects professionals working in forest research, forestry and the forest-based sector as well as in policy and decision making and in non-governmental organizations to discuss impacts of climate change and options for adaptation in European forestry. The discussion forum will serve as the place to ask questions, share recent information and discuss policy relevant matters.

Visit the group's page online.

AdaptAbility° Climate Adaptation Network Climate Change Professionals
AdaptAbility° is the international community of practice for sustainability, risk and disaster professionals working on or interested specifically in ADAPTATION and resilience to inevitable climate change impacts as a complementary strategy to global warming mitigation efforts. Sub-themes addressed include but are not limited to land use planning, infrastructure redesign, and disaster prevention.

Visit the group's page online.

  • Language: English
  • How to participate: You have to register on LinkedIn to participate to the discussions. Some of these groups may have to accept your participation demand.
  • Website: http://www.linkedin.com

Linking Climate Adaptation (LCA) Network

The Linking Climate Adaptation (LCA) Network is hosting discussions around three key areas of the adaptation debate. The first discussion thread focused on the preparation and implementation of National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs).

MIT Climate CoLab

A project of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, the MIT Climate CoLab is an online platform and global community where people from all over the world work to create, analyze, and evaluate proposals for what to do about global climate change. Proposals are evaluated for feasibility, novelty, impact, and presentation, and computerized simulation models project the environmental and economic outcomes of the actions proposed.

Pacific Solution Exchange

Pacific Solution Exchange (PSE) is a knowledge-sharing forum that supports an email-group of over 1000 Members, with conversations moderated by a Facilitation Team. Members ask each other queries and share answers, insights, experiences and lessons learned to help with their work in the Pacific. The PSE team is set to launch a new ‘Community of Practice’ for Climate Change and Development (CCD) offering members four services (Query / Response, Discussion, Consultation and Collaboration) via email, and sharing a consolidated reply – a synthesis of all responses and additional resources for each exercise/issue.

This aims to:

- Leverage and expand the expertise pool on Climate Change and Development effectiveness presently diffused across the Pacific;
- Bridge the knowledge gap by facilitating knowledge sharing with other networks;
- Enhance south-south and small island state cooperation;
- Broaden the dialogue around Pacific issues to inform decision-making;
- Nurture establishment of communities of practice in the region

The member email address is: ccd-pc@solutionexchange-un.net

Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR)

The Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR) is a global partnership comprised of UN agencies, international and regional NGOs as well as specialist institutes that collectively aim to influence policy, enhance implementation and better coordinate efforts in environmental management for disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and sustainable livelihoods. It promotes ecosystems management as the key strategy to reduce disaster risk, increase local resilience and adapt to a changing climate. As a global thematic platform of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) system, PEDRR works to reduce underlying risk factors related to the environment and mainstreams ecosystems-based DRR in development planning processes at global, regional, national and local levels.

Solution exchange for climate and disaster risk reduction community - Bangladesh

Solution Exchange is a knowledge management service that provides an email based platform for practitioners to discuss issues, share information and gather solutions to existing or anticipated challenges that they face on a day-to-day basis. It is based on the idea of peer learning and support. Bangladesh’s first Solution Exchange Community – the Urban Poverty Reduction Community was launched in March 2011 with its first query setting a global record for the number of responses.

The Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction (CDRR) Community provides knowledge services to harness Bangladesh’s vast knowledge pool on climate change and disaster risk reduction for more effective and smarter ways of doing the business – from policy, planning, or practical issues of implementation. The CDRR Community provides both online and offline services and tools in a non-hierarchical environment, bringing members from different sectors to form one ‘Team’ to make a positive dent in the field of climate change (CC) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) in Bangladesh. Currently there are some 580 members and dealt with some 26 queries and discussions (till January 2013).

Sustainable Development-L (SD-L)

SD-L is a free and moderated community communications tool for knowledge-sharing on Sustainable Development. It is a grassroots, peer to peer service meant to advance understanding and application of the SD framework by allowing subscribers to post announcements related to contributions and activities with a strong focus on sustainable development. SD-L provides an excellent way to circulate cutting edge information on meetings, policy developments, publications and new initiatives, as well as keep abreast of the latest sustainable development-related issues and events. SD-L offers users a chance to better publicize and coordinate their efforts through virtual knowledge exchange.

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