The Raising Risk Awareness project will assess whether climate change has contributed to extreme weather events such as droughts, floods and heatwaves in several countries across East Africa and South Asia and identify how such scientific evidence could help to bridge the science-communications-policy gap, and enable these countries and communities to become more resilient in a warming world.
1) Develop appropriate communications material in advance response to the real time analysis and cold case scenarios: In line with scientific findings, we will develop a relevant layman’s summary that outlines the key scientific messages in accessible language. These messages will aim to target and respond to the preferences and needs highlighted by our key stakeholders and knowledge brokers in each of the respective countries. We will work with CDKN country partners, programme partners and liaise with key stakeholders and media to determine formats of content.
2) Leverage WWA analysis and outputs by designing and communicating knowledge products to key stakeholders through various channels. These communication outputs are further outlined in section 4.3.
3) Increase access of the scientific evidence outputs– by ensuring the knowledge gets to the right people in the right places (including climate knowledge brokers): depending on the audience research and review of the knowledge landscape this could include the use of existing websites, contributing to existing blogs, participation or convening of stakeholder meetings or workshops, etc
4) Increase the capacity and demand to use and apply evidence. Having identified the priority stakeholders and understood the opportunities and barriers to the use of knowledge we will be able to devise strategies that promote the use of evidence. This will include convening through online debates, communities of practice or face-to-face engagement to share experiences, identify barriers and brainstorm ways to overcome them.