Project: Climate Change Adaptation Community of Practice (CCACoP)
A community of practice is a “group of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly” – Etienne Wenger
The CCACoP is an interactive online community that provides a space where researchers, experts, policy-makers and practitioners from across Canada can come together to ask questions, generate ideas, share knowledge and communicate with others who are also working in the field of climate change adaptation.
The Climate Change Adaptation Community of Practice (CCACoP) grew out of a 2008 summit on climate change adaptation that was attended by provincial, territorial and federal government representatives, as well as members of the Canadian scientific, academic, and engineering communities. One of the key recommendations of the summit was to establish a national ‘community of practice’ in order to support the Canadian provinces and territories in their efforts to incorporate climate change adaptation into planning and policies.
As a follow up to the summit at a Council of the Federation meeting in July, 2008, Premiers endorsed the idea and agreed that a national Climate Change Adaptation Community of Practice (CCACoP) be developed in order to assist with knowledge transfer across jurisdictions and fields of expertise. In early 2010, OCCIAR was chosen to develop and oversee the CCACoP and entered into a two year contract with the Council of the Federation. OCCIAR continues to maintain and facilitate the community today.
The goal of the CCACoP is to bring provincial and territorial representatives together with experts in order to disseminate and share information on climate change adaptation, and to encourage the mainstreaming of adaptation into decision-making frameworks.
The membership is comprised largely of Canadian provincial and territorial representatives, as well as individuals from the federal and municipal government levels, academia, the non-profit sector, and the private sector.
The web-based community contains a variety of useful adaptation resources, including:
- The latest news articles on impacts and adaptation;
- Discussion forums on member-driven topics;
- A “Call for Knowledge” forum where members can send out a request for information to other members;
- Monthly webinars with leading experts from across Canada and internationally, as well as access to archived recordings of past webinars;
- Upcoming climate change events;
- A library with hundreds of adaptation resources;
- Links to other useful adaptation websites; and
- Weekly “broadcast” email updates on the latest CCACoP activity.
The CCACoP is home to two ‘sub-communities’ which have the same functionalities as the main CCACoP site, but provide a private space where certain members can discuss and share the latest research and information around a specific topic:
- The Forestry Adaptation Community of Practice (FACoP) provides the means for which forest industry members, forest science researchers, forest policy makers and others can share information and best practices on current activities in the area of climate change vulnerability and adaptation in Canada's forest sector.
- The Lake Simcoe Watershed Community of Practice (LSWCoP) serves as an online community for climate change adaptation that serves stakeholders within the Lake Simcoe watershed. The portal acts as an online database of information that, along with active facilitation, will help communicate climate change science and disseminate adaptation resources.
Interested in joining the CCACoP? Membership is free! To register, please visit www.ccadaptation.ca.