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Action Pledges


Adaptation space and professional certification

Partner Global Climate Adaptation Partnership (GCAP)

Date of submission 19/09/2011


Action Pledge

Adaptation space:
GCAP is developing the Adaptation Space, a knowledge management service that will enable and provide access to the foremost climate adaptation resources on the Internet and become a catalyst for building extensive professional communities of practitioners and experts. The Adaptation Space is proprietary, with GCAP being responsible for the overall database and for identifying leading knowledge partners.
The Adaptation Space is not another stand-alone platform but is designed to sit within the existing information world and take advantages from the semantic web approach. It is developed using use cases, ensuring that the information provided is fit for the purpose intended by the user and our Clients’ needs. The African Development Bank is the first client that will use components of the Adaptation Space.

Professional certification through contract learning:
The Adaptation Academy (i.e. Academy) is a practical training programme on all issues relevant to adaptation. It is designed to train adaptation practitioners in the most up-to-date best practices and is a nexus for climate change adaptation development.
The Academy is an intensive training programme, broken into two phases. The first phase is a 3-week Foundation Course, which meets emerging professional needs and skill development in adaptation.
The second part consists of a unique contract learning model that builds off the training of the Foundation Course but is centred around the participant’s selected area of focus. The contract learning leads to professional certification.

Further information

GCAP projects

Adaptation Academy

Regional focus All regions
Sector Education and training
Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries
Human health
Oceans and coastal areas
Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning
Terrestrial ecosystems
Transport, infrastructure and human settlements
Water resources
Adaptation delivery activity Capacity building
Climate-resilient development planning
Communications and awareness-raising
Knowledge management
Monitoring and evaluation
Pilot adaptation programmes/projects
Risk/vulnerability mapping
NWP work area Adaptation planning and practices
Data and observations
Methods and tools
Socio-economic information
Technologies for adaptation
Target group Policy makers
Private sector

Organizations, institutions and private sector companies at all levels and in a wide range of sectors can become engaged with the NWP by becoming a partner and making Action Pledges. Information about how organizations can become engaged with work on adaptation under the NWP can be found here.