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PLAtform for Climate Adaptation and Risk reDuction

Significant challenges exist towards strengthening the Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) communities for coherent, mutually reinforcing and pragmatic planning and action. PLACARD seeks to support the coordination of these two communities.

PLACARD will tackle current challenges by 1) providing a common ‘space’ where CCA and DRR communities can come together, share experiences and create opportunities for collaboration; 2) facilitating communication and knowledge exchange between both communities; and 3) supporting the coordination and coherence of CCA and DRR research, policy and practice.

PLACARD’s approach to achieving these goals is to establish a strong and operational network of networks by connecting to existing networks and boundary organisations, to foster dialogue among stakeholders (e.g. researchers, research funders, policymakers, practitioners) engaged in CCA and DRR at the international, European, national and sub-national scales. This overarching network will enable these communities to share knowledge, to discuss challenges and to jointly coproduce options to bridge the gaps they experience. It will support the development and implementation of a research and innovation agenda to make better use of research funding, as well as to develop guidelines to strengthen relevant institutions in their efforts to mainstream CCA and DRR. PLACARD will evolve iteratively, learning from the different processes and experiences with the stakeholders, and being flexible and responsive to changing needs.

PLACARD will be supported by an online platform that builds upon and links existing CCA and DRR platforms to streamline the dissemination and communication of CCA and DRR activities.

PLACARD aims to:

  • Establish a network of networks of CCA and DRR stakeholder groups and initiatives at the international, European, national and sub-national scales
  • Create a common ‘space’ to facilitate dialogue and consultation among stakeholders and initiatives
  • Design effective science, policy and practice dialogues
  • Take stock of the CCA and DRR decision-making context
  • Facilitate and guide knowledge exchange and mobilisation between CCA and DRR
  • Strengthen CCA and DRR institutions and give direction to policy-practice agendas
  • Streamline the dissemination and implementation of ongoing and evolving research and innovation activities on CCA and DRR across scales.

PLACARD approach rests on two main pillars: an interchange hub and a connectivity hub; and on four key supporting elements: stocktaking of the decision-making context, knowledge brokerage, institutional strengthening, and evaluation, learning and legacy.

The ‘PLACARD Interchange’ will be PLACARD connection with society and all of the associated research and political players working in the field of CCA and DRR. Stakeholder events will take place here and the “space” will also work as a tool to disseminate research and innovation activities, as well as facilitate the exchange of knowledge between researchers, funders, policymakers and practitioners. The Interchange is at the heart of the PLACARD project, where ideas and concepts are shaped and tested, knowledge is exchanged and where synergies between CCA and DRR are explored and maximised.

The ‘stocktaking of the decision-making context’ will lay the ground for the dialogues, assessment of gaps and barriers and identification of weak and strong links between research, policy and practice. The ‘knowledge brokerage’ will enhance the knowledge coherence by making an assessment of the fragmented knowledge in science, policy and practice within and between the CCA and DRR areas. The ‘institutional strengthening’ will develop guidance to enhance the policy coherence and improve institutional coordination at the different governance and geographical scales. Promotion of foresight activities will also be done in order to enable a coordinated institutional response to future CCA and DRR research, policy and practice developments.

The ‘evaluation, learning and legacy’ will develop a Theory of Change for PLACARD and will set out a framework for reflecting on PLACARD processes on a cyclical basis, enabling improvements and adjustments to be made to PLACARD throughout. It will analyse and prepare a set of legacy options to ensure that the processes established and the knowledge generated last beyond the lifespan of the project. The ‘Communication and online platform ’will set the dissemination and communication plan and will develop the online platform of PLACARD. This will complement the activities that will be carried out in the PLACARD interchange, by working as a connectivity hub where information and knowledge are showcase and exchanged.

PLACARD has been designed to contribute for better coordination, dissemination and communication of research and innovation activities in CCA and DRR, and increase the synergies between EU, Member State and international activities in these fields. PLACARD will achieve these impacts by supporting the ambitious international and European strategies, plans and frameworks with the aim of bridging the gaps between CCA and DRR communities. PLACARD main expected outcomes are:

  • Provide a platform for organising consultations and facilitate dialogue among different stakeholders groups
  • Synergies and increased cooperation among EU, Member-State and internationally funded CCA and DRR initiatives
  • Better dissemination of R&I activities in CCA and DRR
  • Improved accessibility to information and knowledge
  • Increased uptake of foresight issues
  • Improved science, policy and practice communication and exchange of information and knowledge

Find the project's Connectivity Hub and other project outputs, including policy briefs, visuals, and webinars on the PLACARD website.

Foundation of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (FFCUL) PT
Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) SE
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) DE
Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC) IT
Alterra – Wageningen UR NL
Environment Agency Austria AT
UKCIP, University of Oxford UK
University of Geneva CH