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Knowledge for climate action: a manifesto for change

Time (GMT +01) 10:30 11:30

Geoff Barnard, Knowledge Management Strategy Advisor, CDKN​


Florian Bauer, COO & Director of "Open Knowledge", REEEP

Roger Street, Director of Adaptation Science, UKCIP

Vicky Pope, Head of Integration and Growth, Met Office

Clare Stott, Anthropology Specialist and former Gobeshona coordinator, UCL

Fatema Rajabali, Climate Change Convenor, Institute of Development Studies


Climate information was once the domain of modellers and scientists. Nowadays, as the world wakes up to the extent to which our lives, jobs and environment will be affected by climate change, everyone is becoming a climate decision-maker in one way or another.  From government policy-makers and industry chiefs to everyday consumers and voters, information is going to be needed to make the right decisions on how to address climate change. Where will it come from and how will people make sense of the growing ocean of climate information being produced every year? This is where knowledge brokers fit in, bridging the gap between producers and users of knowledge and tailoring it so it is relevant and useable.  

The Climate Knowledge Brokers (CKB) Group consists of more than 100 international agencies and programmes providing climate information. At this event, it will launch a 'Manifesto' to call for joined up action to meet the massive climate knowledge challenges ahead in the post-Paris world. The 'Manifesto' will set out seven key principles for how climate knowledge brokers can have greater impact through collaboration and the use of open data. CKB are calling for more organisations to collaborate to avoid overlap and meet information needs effectively - only then can knowledge be turned into action.