Periodic Reporting for period 4 - PLACARD (PLAtform for Climate Adaptation and Risk reDuction)
Reporting period: 2019-12-01 to 2020-05-31
PLACARD’s vision was to become a recognized platform associated with high quality dialogue, knowledge exchange and collaboration between CCA and DRR communities. In a landscape where there is a large and complex variety of stakeholder networks, research, policy initiatives and sources of information and knowledge, PLACARD was a hub for activities to enhance the coherence and give direction to CCA and DRR research, policy and practices, to strengthen cooperation in these domains and counter the ongoing process of fragmentation. The PLACARD concept (Figure 1) followed three key principles:
1. Provide a common ‘space’ where CCA and DRR communities could come together, sharing knowledge and experiences and creating opportunities for collaboration;
2. Facilitate the communication, information and knowledge exchange between both communities especially at the science-policy-practice interface;
3. Support the coordination and coherence of CCA and DRR research, policy and practices.
Figure 1 - PLACARD concept for increasing the coordination between CCA and DRR research, policy and practice.
A set of key reports were elaborated to better distil findings and convey the information and knowledge collected in these dialogues: 1) “Economics and finance of CCA and DRR” identifies the gaps and possible solutions on the economics and finance of CCA and DRR (https://www.placard-network.eu/wp-content/PDFs/PLACARD-Economics-and-finance-of-CCA-DRR.pdf); 2) “Bonding CCA and DRR” provides insights through showcasing innovative activities that target cooperation, collaboration, improved communication, increased coherences, and capacity-sharing between both communities (https://www.placard-network.eu/wp-content/PDFs/PLACARD-Insitutional-strengthening-May2020.pdf); 3) “PLACARD Summary of evolving issues in CCA and DRR: 2015-2020” identifies eight topics relevant for both communities with a set of research questions that can further support collaboration (https://www.placard-network.eu/wp-content/PDFs/Evolving-issues-brief-2015-2020.pdf); 4) The “Foresight promotion report for policy & decision-makers” promotes foresight and its potential applications in DRR and CCA (https://www.placard-network.eu/wp-content/PDFs/Foresight-report-2018.pdf).
Considering the amount of growing information and knowledge relevant for CCA and DRR, the project has paid close attention to information and knowledge management (IKM). Here the “Transforming knowledge management for climate action” provides a roadmap to facilitate the uptake and use of knowledge about CCA and DRR (https://www.placard-network.eu/wp-content/PDFs/PLACARD-Transforming-knowledge-for-climate-action-2020.pdf). The project has also created an innovative search and discovery tool “PLACARD Connectivity Hub”, which allows users to search multiple online knowledge platforms in the same place (http://connectivity-hub.placard-network.eu/).
Several topics have been identified where opportunities exist to further increase the collaboration of CCA and DRR (https://www.placard-network.eu/evolving-issues-brief-2015-2020/). One such topic to which the project contributed was the development of climate services (CS) for DRR. In collaboration with two European initiatives, C3S and ERA4CS, it was identified key challenges for the use of CS by the DRR communities and the existing opportunities to develop CS that support DRR (see Street et al., 2019 - https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2018.12.001).
The main event organised during the project was ECCA2019. This was the first major conference with a strong focus on the importance of interaction between the CCA and DRR communities, promoting dialogue and inspiring collaborative action between different. The conference provided a key opportunity to consult these stakeholders and identify the most relevant areas that require further work. The findings were used to inform Horizon Europe (see https://www.ecca2019.eu/wp-content/docs/ECCA2019-conference-briefing.pdf).
The launch of PLACARD Connectivity Hub has significantly contributed to enhance the knowledge exchange between online portals and platforms, such as PreventionWeb, Climate-ADAPT and weADAPT. Consequently, this will greatly facilitate the reach of these platforms to other types of actors contributing to break out existing silos in CCA and DRR communities.
PLACARD has elaborated a set of concrete recommendations on how narratives can be appropriately used to increase the collaboration of the two communities and create action (https://www.placard-network.eu/wp-content/PDFs/PLACARD-narratives-recipe-book.pdf).