As part of the UK COP26 Presidency Adaptation & Resilience campaign, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) is working with partners to develop an international Adaptation Research Alliance (ARA) for launch at COP26.
The Adaptation Research Alliance (ARA) is a coalition of institutions across the adaptation research and action communities that brings together both traditional ‘research funders’, such as science councils, and ‘action funders’, such as development donors, multilateral financial institutions, philanthropic organisations and the private sector – motivated by the shared goal of scaling investment in action-oriented research. The ARA views action research as an iterative process of interdisciplinary and co-produced scientific research that creates enhanced long-term understanding and mutually beneficial knowledge that is usable in practice.
The mission of the ARA is therefore to accelerate and scale investments in action-oriented research in developing countries, that addresses the pressing knowledge needs for adaptation and resilience of the most vulnerable, builds capacity at all stages from research to action, strengthens research–implementation linkages, and promotes greater learning.
The ARA consists of three Working Groups, a Coordination Unit, a Steering Board, and a Co-chair Group. The Co-chair Group acts as the interface between the UK Government and ARA Working Groups to provide guidance based on COP26 priorities. The Coordination Unit provides secretariat support, commission pieces of analysis, carry out internal analysis, assist in key stakeholder engagement, and coordinate the working groups. The working groups lead on the development of different workstreams for ARA. Members can participate in multiple workstreams, ensuring activities of the workstreams align.