Climate Related Game Changers Research: Enhancing Adaptation Program Impact to Address Climate Game
Many communities are already experiencing “game changing” situations as climate change means communities will face substantial and sustained stress from climate change within the next two decades that will result in significant impacts on lives and livelihoods. This report identifies three key areas of knowledge gaps that are inhibiting climate-related development programming and suggests innovative ways forward based on current research.
This report identifies three key areas of knowledge gaps that are inhibiting climate-related development programming and suggests innovative ways forward based on current research. First, the ability to prioritize adaptation programs will require new types of transdisciplinary modeling of society-wide (cascading) impacts informed by high quality data and metrics. Second, effective systems-wide programming will need to incorporate innovation in implementation, including incorporating and testing innovations suggested by behavioral science to scale out high impact/low investment programs to hundreds of millions of individuals and households who will be the frontline implementers of climate strategy. Third, game changing situations will create migration, much of it internal, that will impact development well beyond areas of immediate climate impact. The ability to plan for and respond to internal migration will depend on producing better data and predictions regarding human mobility so that programming can account for predicted movements and the related stress on social, economic, and political systems.