Repackaging Research for Use in the Hindu Kush Himalaya

Lima Adaptation Knowledge Initiative

Date: 2 December 2017, Saturday

Venue: Nanda Devi Meeting Hall, ICIMOD, Kathmandu, Nepal

Practitioners and adaptation knowledge providers need better alignment and collaborative efforts to close adaptation knowledge gaps. In spite of the growing body of literature on adaptation, knowledge gaps are repeatedly cited as significant barriers to adaptation action. The Lima Adaptation Knowledge Initiative (LAKI), a collaborative effort by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), brings together experts and practitioners from subregions across the world. The objective is to identify and commit to close knowledge barriers that impede the implementation and scaling up of adaptation action across regions and areas of vulnerabilities across the world. The first phase of the LAKI culminated with the sixth priority-setting workshop in September 2017 for the North Africa subregion.

The LAKI event in Kathmandu, Nepal, will attempt to close priority knowledge inherent in the body of knowledge currently available on adaptation. It is being co-organized by the UNFCCC secretariat, UNEP, and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), coordinator of the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) subregion. Knowledge products developed during the event will be linked with UNFCCC and UNEP, and later disseminated to targeted users globally.

Key Questions

  • How can scientific research be tailored to cater to different needs and audiences?
  • What innovative communication tools can be used to repackage science into societal use?

Objectives

The objective of the satellite event is to repackage data/knowledge/information in an accessible format based on the scientific research available in collaboration with key partners. This will help showcase knowledge and technological interventions to close four priority adaptation knowledge gaps identified for the HKH in relation to the water and agriculture sectors at the LAKI priority-setting workshop for HKH subregion. The gaps identified are:

  • Access to adequate locally usable knowledge and information on weather and seasonal forecasting to assist farm production operations (Agriculture)
  • Dissemination of evidence and successful water management practices, adaptation technologies, and water allocation and management during periods of scarcity and abundance (Water)
  • Access to awareness products and early warning systems for multiple hazards like drought, landslide, debris flow, floods, and GLOF in the Himalaya and downstream communities (Water)
  • Dissemination of adaptation options and technologies suitable to address context-specific climate extremes, impacts, and risks for agriculture, and the net effect of climate change at the local level (Agriculture)

Output

  • Guidelines to access existing adaptation knowledge and technologies for different target audiences
  • Repackaged knowledge products for targeted knowledge users

Target Audience

  • Knowledge users (policy makers, planners, practitioners, scientists, communicators) 
  • Knowledge providers (academia, researchers) 
  • Supporters (donor agencies) 

Background information: LAKI-HKH process

Based on desk research and a literature review of available reports, including National Communication Reports, Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), and National Adaptation Plan of Actions (NAPAs), communicated by the countries of the HKH subregion to the UNFCCC, and national level adaptation plans and strategies, major knowledge gaps were identified and divided into respective thematic areas. The gaps were refined and prioritized using a rigorous methodology for the HKH during priority-setting workshop for the HKH subregion held in Sri Lanka in December 2016. In order to close the priority knowledge gaps, ICIMOD, as the subregional coordination entity, identified relevant knowledge and technological inputs that have already been generated in the region. 

As a follow up, a side event was organized during the Bonn Climate Change Conference in May 2017 at the World Conference Centre, Bonn, Germany, to bring together country delegates, representatives of regional centers and networks, academia, research institutions, United Nations agencies, multilateral and bilateral donors, and knowledge brokers. The objective was to facilitate a dialogue on the modalities, challenges, and opportunities to close adaptation knowledge gaps in different regions of the world; call for expressions of interest to close priority knowledge gaps identified through the LAKI for the Hindu Kush Himalayan subregion; and support the implementation of the LAKI in new subregions. During the discussion that followed, participants highlighted the relevance of the LAKI outcomes to producing knowledge that would be understandable to policy makers and communities. Multi-stakeholder participation is found to be critical to ensuring access of knowledge to users and securing access to financial resources in undertaking actions to close the priority knowledge gaps.