Transforming knowledge management for climate action – a road map for accelerated discovery and learning

28 May, 2020

Improved information and knowledge management is central to realising the international climate and development goals. Our webinar discussed ways in which we can transform knowledge management to increase collaboration and coordination between the climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) communities.

This webinar aimed to kickstart the collaborative transformation of information and knowledge management (IKM) practices to increase the impact of our collective knowledge and work on the ground. It discussed the directions in which, as a community, we can use IKM to better meet the challenge of the global climate change, disaster risk reduction and sustainable development agendas.

The second webinar is more technical in nature and focuses on how we can leverage emerging IKM and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to support knowledge management for increased climate action.

Rationale and objectives

The urgency of the world’s key global missions: achieving the aims of the Paris Agreement, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction mean we that can no longer afford to squander time or resources searching for the most credible or relevant kernel of information tucked away in some virtual corner. We cannot afford to implement a measure without learning from the experiences of a similar intervention that has proved its worth elsewhere. And, we cannot afford to implement measures that have previously been revealed as ineffective or counterproductive. In short, all people working on these agendas need better, faster ways to learn from one another.

Our new report, Transforming knowledge management for climate action: a road map for accelerated discovery and learning describes IKM technologies that could help address some of the major challenges inhibiting knowledge uptake and use, and outlines a road map for the collaborative development of these technologies for the climate change adaptation and disaster risk communities.