About the Water Adaptation Community

What is the Water Adaptation Community?

The Water Adaptation Community (WAC) aims to connect all who work on water issues and nature-based solutions across sectors and professions to share experience and knowledge. The purpose is to support scaling up and jointly overcoming implementation challenges. It goes beyond the "water sector" to bridge the whole Water Community - that means all who work on issues that affect water from food security to city planning, climate, and disaster management are welcomed. The community aims to engage practitioners, such as planners or decision-makers at different levels, implementers, climate leaders, water generalists, managers, and operators.

The Water Adaptation Community supports ongoing knowledge sharing and capacity building for water adaptation at the implementer level, while simultaneously acting as a broker between implementors and national and international policymakers. The Water Adaptation Community facilitators aim to foster knowledge sharing and peer learning among city-level water, climate, and development managers, researchers, policymakers, land use planners, and local government leaders, to support mainstreaming of water-focused adaptation in multiple levels and departments of government. This is done by sharing on-the-ground water adaptation solutions, and best practices in policies and governance,  as well as identifying knowledge gaps and opportunities.​

  • The strategies: 1. Community consultation; 2. Knowledge development and brokering; 3. Influencing the high-level policy agendas.​
  • Communities of Practice: Urban resilience, Deltas and coastal zones, Small island/Large ocean states, Drylands, Nature-based solutions, River basins and watershed management, and Floating and resilient development


What does the community do in practice?

  • Knowledge sharing web platform - connect with peers share and view articles and case studies sorted under specific Communities of Practices, and submit articles to have them featured in the newsletter.
  • Monthly peer learning meetings - informal dialogues with timely peer-to-peer knowledge discussions, discussion topics are driven by challenges submitted by community members
  • Working groups and knowledge products -  working groups emerge from knowledge gaps identified in the monthly peer learning meetings. The two current working groups are "water allocation" and "adaptive multi-level governance"  Case study research projects and other resource development initiatives are conducted by the working groups.
  • Webinars - knowledge sharing via presentations​​
  • Knowledge exchanges - knowledge sharing via case study presentations paired with engaging group discussions​​ in breakout rooms
  • Policy influence opportunity for the community - influencing the International Panel on Deltas and Coastal areas,  GCA positioning to deliver high-level policy messaging on behalf of the community​​
  • Community knowledge products - Associated emerging case study-based research and policy briefs using community events as launching points. ​

To join our monthly meetings, register here, and submit your water adaptation challenges and solutions (technical to social/political) here to have them added as discussion topics.

Policy influence: Mainstreaming water adaptation

With the input from the Community engagement, consultation and brokering the WAC builds knowledge on the roadmap to help local and national governments to mainstream water adaptation and to integrate it into existing actions. This we have chosen to call the Adaptation Journey, indicating it is a process, or a journey which needs to be ventured into and learning by doing along the way. The WAC engages for this purpose in high level policy processes such as the COP and UN Water 2023.