The World Adaption Science Programme (WASP) has been built from the lessons learned from the previous Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA), which was one of the four components that formed the World Climate Programme (WCP) based on the WMO Congress XVI Resolution18.
The World Adaptation Science Programme has five core partners, which include the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Green Climate Fund (GCF). It is hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The WASP has an international panel with a multi-stakeholder governance structure consisting of a Management Group, a Science Committee, and a Policy and Finance Committee. Learn more
The overall aim of the World Adaptation Science Programme is to promote science for climate change adaptation policy and action by:
- Providing scientific data and knowledge on climate change vulnerabilities and impacts in conjunction with the consequences and risks of response actions verses inaction;
- Facilitating knowledge transfer and sharing, and
- Better linking the science to the policy, finance and actions.
Its mission is to ensure end users have the knowledge and capacity to underpin effective adaptation. Its work focuses primarily on the provision of climate science and policy services to support UNFCCC, IPCC and GCF.
The work of WASP focuses primarily on the provision of climate science and policy services to support the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF).
The main functions of this programme include:
- Developing and providing evidence-based guidance for adaptation planning, implementation and evaluation,
- Identifying and addressing knowledge gaps through the promotion of research,
- Strengthening networks within and across the science, policy and practice communities to support knowledge sharing, research into use, and learning by doing, and
- Promoting capacity strengthening in adaptation among the research, policy and practitioner communities.
Catalyzing the delivery of climate services
- Adaptation Futures Conference
- The Adaptation Gap Report
- Country-Level Impacts of Climate Change
- Challenges of world adaptation science
Head, Thematic Assessments Unit --Science Division -- UN Environment Programme - Nairobi, Kenya - Direct line: +254 (0) 207 624 150 -- Visitors: NOF, Block 3, South Wing, Ground Floor at the UN Gigiri Compound, Nairobi – Mail: PO Box 30552 (00100), Nairobi, Kenya
World Adaption Science Programme Secretariat Coordinator -- Science Division -- UN Environment Programme - Nairobi, Kenya -- Direct line: +254 (0) 207 624 168 – Email: ying.wang[at]un.org