Spreading good adaptation practices to achieve adaptation success at scale.
It is time to think bigger on adaptation. For too long, adaptation activities have been limited to small, time-bound pilot projects and individual efforts. These projects often have a strong grassroots focus—which helps address local needs—but they have limited capacity to benefit large populations and to contribute to policy reform. Truly overcoming the climate change challenge requires scaling up adaptation projects to benefit more vulnerable people.
WRI works to ensure more effective and large-scale adaptation efforts by bridging practical experience into improved policies and programs. Our work began through the lens of India’s rainfed agriculture regions. We connected with implementers across India and systematically captured lessons from their on-the-ground adaptation experience. We then used those lessons to build practical tools and approaches that can widely integrate adaptation into development initiatives.
The centerpiece of our efforts is a framework for identifying good adaptation practices and spreading those practices to achieve adaptation success at scale. We introduced this framework in the report Scaling Success: Lessons from Adaptation Pilots in the Rainfed Regions of India. It includes indicators of good practice, pathways of scaling, conditions that may affect scaling, information on collecting evidence, and methods of influencing policy reform. Based on this framework, WRI has created a tool that policy makers, practitioners and funding agencies can use to assess whether an adaptation project has the potential to scale. WRI is now training national implementing entities of the Green Climate Fund to use this tool to build their capacity to prioritize adaptation options.