The intent of the Adaptation Hub project was to research what characteristics, services, and capabilities a national adaptation digital platform might encompass, and then make recommendations to NRCan which would inform the development and operations of this digital space.
The Adaptation Hub “vision” was to bring a way-finding approach to multiple sites who already have data, expertise, services, funding, courses and communities to better access information and expertise and inspire actions to address climate change impacts and integrate planning for all facets of ecosystems, infrastructure and resilient communities.
The Adaptation Hub vision would be supportive of Indigenous communities and leaders through an inclusive and responsive design to meet Indigenous adaptation capacity-building needs, while also offering Indigenous climate adaptation expertise to a wider Canadian community.
The project team was tasked with :
- Undertaking a “desktop research” situation analysis of what currently exists in Canada, and how other countries offer national adaptation hubs. This included a review of national climate adaptation policies, tools and data, learning opportunities, communities of practice, and information on provincial and federal government climate action initiatives and services.
- Facilitating focus group sessions plus an international technical advisory roundtable, and conducting one-on-one interviews with adaptation professionals, digital community-of-practice experts and the broader climate adaptation community. This engagement process explored resources and services which might become part of Adaptation Hub. In addition, the project evaluated best practices in digital “public good” web environments and product/service models.
Synthesizing this information into a series of recommendations, and developing a report, Adaptation Hub: Connecting People, Accelerating Impact, Fostering Innovation. The recommendations were presented to Natural Resources Canada in April 2021
The Adaptation Hub recommendations included the following Conditions for Success
- Create a strategic plan (within NRCan-CCIAD leadership and through Plenary) to assure “digital culture success” in operating a digital knowledge-brokering and wayfinding hub.
- Secure sustainable long-term budget for operations (minimum 5-year funding commitment).
- Build an integrated team charged with a product and service mandate with expertise in:
- open-source design;
- technical development and operations;
- subject matter expertise;
- content and communications.
- Assure Indigenous participation and actions right from the beginning.
Should federal government funding be allocated to begin the development and operations of Adaptation Hub, six priority service areas, together with the virtual roadmap, represent starting points for Adaptation Hub to become a vital resource for Canadian climate adaptation professionals, communities, and the general public.
Six Priority Service Areas Recommended for Adaptation Hub
- Awareness Raising
- On Boarding
- Growing Networks
- Readiness Assessments
- Sector Specific Resources
- Knowledge and Information Provision
- Climate Information Translation
- Curated Knowledge
- Knowledge Generation
- Curated News Service
- Technical and Expert Support
- Gateways to Connection
- Human Assistance
- Relationship Matching
- Training and Capacity Building
- A Hub of Hubs
- Off-the-shelf Tools
- Multiple Learning Modalities
- Access Trusted Experts
- Digital Connection Spaces
- Mentorship and Secondment
- Progress Measurement