With climate change increasingly and disproportionately affecting the world’s most vulnerable – especially women, girls, and marginalized communities – there is a critical need for systems-level, action-oriented research to enable a more climate-resilient future for everyone.
The Climate Adaptation and Resilience (CLARE) initiative aims to address this gap.
CLARE is a Canada-UK partnership to enable socially inclusive and sustainable action to build resilience to climate change and natural hazards for people across the Global South. Co-funded and designed by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and IDRC, CLARE enables socially inclusive and sustainable action to build resilience and reduce vulnerability to risks from climate change and natural hazards for the most vulnerable.
More specifically, CLARE focuses on:
maximizing uptake of existing knowledge by policymakers and practitioners, through the development of climate services, tools, technology, and innovation
driving development of new knowledge to support adaptation and boost resilience among the most vulnerable
strengthening capacity from research to action for sustainable climate-resilient development
supporting socially inclusive, practical action by addressing evidence gaps and supporting pilot projects related to social, economic, and political trade-offs and barriers to climate adaptation for the most vulnerable.
The CLARE programme builds on over a decade of experience in partnering to support action-oriented climate-adaptation research in developing countries. CLARE addresses the urgent need to scale up research and innovation efforts to provide better information on risks, better decision-making tools, and better adaptation solutions to enable transformational change.
What does CLARE do?
CLARE addresses the urgent need for action now, while also anticipating future needs.
Through a careful, transdisciplinary design, CLARE ensures opportunities for research, collaboration, and learning, enabling capacity, and supporting research uptake. CLARE will operate as a portfolio programme with multiple competitive research “calls for proposals” over its lifetime. Calls may cover single, multiple, or linkages between themes.
Three key research areas inform CLARE’s efforts:
Understand climate risk: Research to improve our understanding of the risks associated with climate and natural hazards, by addressing gaps in the underpinning science.
Risk-informed early action: Research to improve risk-informed anticipatory action to reduce humanitarian impacts of weather, climate variability, and related natural hazards.
Developing in a changing climate: Research to inform development in a changing climate; action that builds resilience in the present climate and adapts to future climate.