ARCC Experts Meeting: Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Utility and Uptake
This paper outlines the findings of an experts meeting convened by USAID on April 15-16, 2014, aimed at assessing how researchers can ensure that key findings in climate change vulnerability assessments reach decision-makers and have an effect on policy.
Participants from across the globe shared the attributes of research results that were adopted by stakeholders and led to action on the ground. These include credibility, saliency, legitimacy, the engagement of knowledge brokers and champions, and effective communications. Vulnerability assessments, they said, should also consider context, such as economic variables and the social and cultural environment of the place that is studied.
They also offered recommendations for improving how these studies are designed and carried out. They concluded that a climate vulnerability assessment can provide powerful leverage for change if it is deemed credible, salient, and legitimate by stakeholders and decision-makers who are vested with the knowledge and authority to strengthen resilience and improve adaptive capacity.