World Adaptation Science Programme is one of the four components that form the World Climate Programme (WCP) based on the WMO Congress XVI Resolution18.
It was formed eight years ago (2008) based on a request to its Executive Council by the UN Environment Programme. It was assessed by the Council and approved as a joint initiative between UN Environment Programme and the World Meteorological Organization, mentioned in the Congress XVI Resolution18, with its Secretariat hosted at UN Environment in Nairobi.
World Adaptation Science Programme represents an interface between the research community and decision makers and other stakeholders. Its objective is to improve policy-relevant research on Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (VIA), allowing scientists to coordinate and facilitate the dissemination and practical application of their research in decision making for Governments and other stakeholder.
Its overall aim is to provide scientific data and knowledge on climate change vulnerabilities and impacts in conjunction with the consequences and risks of response actions verses inaction, to facilitate knowledge transfer and sharing, and to better link the science to the policy.
Its work focuses primarily on the provision of climate science and policy services to support the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
World Adaptation Science Programme vision is to create an interface between the scientific community and Policy ans decision makers involved in Climate Vulnerability, impacts and adaptation issues, and improve the availability and accessibility of such knowledge to the people that need it most.
Its mission is to ensure end users have the knowledge and capacity to underpin effective adaptation policies and action.