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The aim of this Portal is to optimise collective learning around the Syria crisis in order to improve international emergency response. The Portal will provide a single platform that brings together a broad range of relevant information, data, discussion and analysis of interest to different stakeholders - including those involved in operations, learning and evaluation and humanitarian policy. The Portal content will be categorised according to specific needs and topics.

Action Research on Community Adaptation in Bangladesh (ARCAB) is a collaborative platform for learning-by-doing action-research on community-based adaptation (CBA) to climate change. CBA is a "community-led process based on communities’, priorities, needs, knowledge, and capacities, which should empower people to plan for and cope with the impacts of climate change" (Reid et al., 2010). CBA is driven by vulnerable communities or starts by identifying communities most vulnerable to climate change. The purpose of ARCAB is to build a knowledge base around CBA action and knowledge transfer to enhance the capacity of NGOs to support climate resilient communities.

The Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP) was established in 1997, following the multi-agency evaluation of the Rwanda genocide. ALNAP is a collective response by the humanitarian sector, dedicated to improving humanitarian performance through increased learning and accountability.
A unique network, ALNAP incorporates many of the key humanitarian organisations and experts from across the humanitarian sector. Members are drawn from donors, NGOs, the Red Cross/Crescent, the UN, independents and academics. ALNAP uses the broad range of experience and expertise within its membership to produce tools and analysis relevant and accessible to the humanitarian sector as a whole. ALNAP's workplan is aimed at improving humanitarian performance through learning and accountability, and consists of core activities, project activities and linked activities.

ActivityInfo is an online humanitarian project monitoring tool, which helps humanitarian organizations to collect, manage, map and analyze indicators. ActivityInfo has been developed to simplify reporting and allow for real time monitoring.

The ADAPT project is an online prototype tool for mapping the spatial extents of flooding scenarios that might occur with a changed climate at the future time periods. Flooding scenarios in a given watershed with future climate conditions (exemplified here by the Grijalva-Usumacinta Watershed in Tabasco, Mexico) are modelled and made spatially-explicit leveraging the functionality of Google Earth. This allows for displaying of a context rich scenario which can be used by climate change adaptation planners and decision makers in jurisdictions that are flooding prone and whose future climate is likely to exacerbate floods and impacts on livelihoods.

The principal objective of ADAPT Asia-Pacific is to establish a fully functional and self-sustaining adaptation project preparation facility that will not only support preparation of specific projects, but also build the capacity of the region’s governments to independently access climate adaptation funds. To establish a sustainable project preparation facility, ADAPT Asia-Pacific works closely with funding organizations and government agencies from countries across the region in focused activities in five key areas: (1) sustainable regional knowledge sharing platform; (2) annual forum to bring adaptation funds and project proponents together; (3) climate change adaptation project capacity building program; (4) technical assistance in preparing funding proposals; and (5) overarching program management and coordination for the aforementioned four technical tasks.

This online community is a resource and information exchange for individuals working on climate change adaptation projects, policies, funding schemes and communications, built around the theme of water and climate change. Topics covered reach across all sectors to engage individuals, governments, corporations and NGOs. Our goal is to share new approaches, ideas, and methodologies with climate change adaptation practitioners. Though this site, we will share information about emerging trends, policy decisions, implementation techniques, case studies and lessons learned.

The Adaptation Fund was established to finance concrete adaptation projects and programmes in developing countries that are parties to the Kyoto Protocol and are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change. Over the past two years, the fund has dedicated more than US$165 million to increase climate resilience in 25 countries around the world.

The Adaptation Knowledge Platform is a response to the demand for effective mechanisms for sharing information on climate change adaptation and developing adaptive capacities in Asian countries. The initiative supports research and capacity building, policy making and information assimilation, generation, management and sharing. It will also facilitate climate change adaptation at local, national and regional levels - while working with existing and emerging networks and initiatives.

Adaptation to climate change is a growing priority for development agencies, governments and vulnerable communities. However, capacity and awareness are often limited, and experiences have yet to be widely shared. As climate change adaptation projects financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) began in 2007, there was a lack of systematically documented and shared knowledge on good adaptation practices and operational guidance. In response to this information gap and to address existing adaptation knowledge needs, the United Nations Development Programme, along with other agency partners, launched the Adaptation Learning Mechanism (ALM) in 2007.

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