Regional Partners


As of 2016, EcoAdapt is GAN’s Regional Partner for the North American region. A thriving climate adaptation organisation, EcoAdapt was a nominee for the 1st national Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources. The group co-founded the Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE), which builds innovative communities of practice for adaptation. The Project Manager of CAKE, Jessica Hitt, is also a member of GAN’s Steering Committee. As stated on its website, EcoAdapt “helps users to get beyond the limitation of their time and unwieldy thicket of books, papers and articles by vetting and clearly organising the best information available.”

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Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN)

The Asia Pacific Adaptation Network shares and generates knowledge for capacity-building and climate resilience in the Asia-Pacific region. APAN has proved itself to be considerably effective at identifying gaps and requirements for adaptation knowledge, technology and finance, as well as deciphering vulnerable regions with an “adaptation deficit”. APAN’s last forum contained over 900 participants, including policymakers, scientists, donors and youth representatives from over 50 countries. The 6th Forum is to be held in Manila in October 2018. The Regional Network has successfully spearheaded a database for both climate adaptation Good Practices and technologies. An inventory of APAN's projects can be found here.

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REGATTA incorporates 13 regional partners and more than 4,000 users in Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) regions, enabling the exchange of crucial information for CCA. By way of REGATTA’s work, vulnerability assessments have been carried out in more than 15 LAC countries, serving as prototypes for the design of large-scale adaptation strategies elsewhere. Through collaboration with local communities, 6 pilot projects were implemented to highlight the benefits of Ecosystem-based Adaptation in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico and Peru. The online knowledge platform built by REGATTA has unquestionably gifted LAC countries a stronger capacity for low-carbon development strategies. One of such examples includes the Development of the Regional Light Efficiency Strategy in Central America, where REGATTA has accelerated the market transformation to sustainable lighting technologies. 

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United States Environmental Protection Agency

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the leading agency for environmental standards and regulations in the US. In collaboration with GAN, the EPA helped launch a series of adaptation learning exchanges, connecting experts and practitioners in different regions to share effective and innovative adaptation techniques. The EPA has also been helping GAN to work closely with the EPIC Network (Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Cities), a comprehensive program that matches university courses with real-world problems in their local cities. EPIC’s city-university partnerships provide students with invaluable experiences while helping urban areas solve their environmental challenges with minimal costs.

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Harnessing knowledge for strategic planning processes is an important milestone for reducing climate risks faced by communities. AAKNet is a platform aimed at building a shared knowledge base intended to help build an innovative community of practice which enhances adaptive actions through sharing lessons, knowledge and information in adaptation. The platform functions as a knowledge hub on adaptation, promoting cooperation and collaboration in seeking robust solutions to climate change impacts using experiences and lessons learnt from the implementation of independent actions in different locations. Practitioners, policy makers, researchers and community members will be brought together through this so as to compare, contrast and collate the lessons learnt from their actions addressing climate risks. The Network will allow the various actors to collaborate and complement each other in concertizing and up-scaling solutions to a common problem.

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Being an arid and semi-arid region, West Asia is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Water, agriculture, land, coastal areas and biodiversity are some of the most affected sectors. The West-Asia Regional Network on Climate Change (WARN-CC) was established in 2010 to help build institutional and human resource capacities in the region to address the challenges of climate change. It aims to enhance capacities to integrate climate change into national development and to formulate and implement national climate change programmes, through mobilizing knowledge, technology and resources.

EPIC Network

GAN is working with the Educational Partnerships for Innovation In Communities (EPIC) Network to extend the successful model they developed in the United States to other parts of the world. The EPIC Framework is a sustainable and innovative way to harness university resources to address resilience and climate adaptation at the city scale. The Chronicle of Higher Education called the model “one of higher education’s most successful and comprehensive service-learning programs.” In 2016, GAN began working with the EPIC network and other partners to extend the model around the world. By the end of 2017, a successful EPIC-Africa network had been launched with several city-university partnerships established. Plans are underway for training events in other regions and the establishment of other regional members of the EPIC network.

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U.S. National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by the U.S. Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense..." NSF is vital because it supports basic research and people to create knowledge that transforms the future. It is tasked with keeping the United States at the leading edge of discovery in areas from astronomy to geology to zoology

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Local Governments for Sustainability

Founded in 1990 as the International Council for Local Environmental Initiative, Local Governments for Sustainability is a leading global network of 1,500+ cities, town and regions committed to building a sustainable future. Through its work, more than 25% of the global urban population are impacted. Local Governments for Sustainability is “calling on local and regional governments worldwide to set mid-century climate neutrality targets.”

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