Evidence in Climate Resilience Advances with a New Collaboration

Frontiers in Water and the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation advance the evidence, science, and policies of climate resilience in a new collaboration.

While the pace of climate change is accelerating, our ability to develop effective, evidence-based approaches to resilience have not kept pace. Indeed, in March 2022, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) had one key recommendation for global efforts to advance resilience: implement “water-based adaptation.”

In response to such insights, the journal Frontiers in Water and the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA), an international members-based NGO working on climate-resilient water policy and practice, announce a new collaborative partnership to amplify these messages.

AGWA’s Executive Director, John Matthews, said: 

“The research and practitioner communities need to align rapidly to communicate the evidence and pathways that show how to turn water-based adaptation into a reality — defining this practice for our communities, institutions, systems, and ecosystems.”

The multi-year collaboration intends to call for and cultivate a water-centric interdisciplinary dialogue, which will span the physical and social sciences, from engineering and ecology to economics and governance.

Bringing together the sterling reputation and academic rigor of the Frontiers publications with the robust network of AGWA’s 2100+ professional members provides a distinct opportunity to create innovative and thought-provoking research in the areas of water resilience and climate change policy, practice, and learning. With Frontiers’ open access publishing, the collection of research to come out of this collaboration is well positioned to result in equitable access for researchers, practitioners, and decision makers at a global scale.

Praveen Kumar, Field Chief Editor, Frontiers in Water, said:

“The practitioner community is at the forefront of climate-adaptation actions and Frontiers in Water is determined to provide such a community with a formal, peer-reviewed platform to share insights from the ground and enable a fruitful dialogue between academia and industry. The only way we can successfully address the current climate emergency is by putting our heads together and building on each other’s knowledge.”

Frontiers in Water and AGWA start work on the first of many specialized research collections in mid 2022. Announcement of open calls will be shared to communicate upcoming submission periods.

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