SCOTLAND'S RURAL College is part of a new global research alliance to help tackle climate change which was launched at COP26.

The Adaptation Research Alliance (ARA) will be focussed on boosting investment and capacity for ‘action-orientated research’ that supports effective adaptation to climate change.

As part of the UK COP26 Presidency Adaptation & Resilience (A&R) campaign, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) worked with partners, including SRUC, to co-develop the alliance.

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The action-oriented research catalysed by the ARA aims to improve the evidence-base for adaptation solutions – leading to increased access to finance.

It also aims to build long-term capacity in developing countries to mobilise research that enables adaptation and resilience at a local level; and address the immediate knowledge needs to inform adaptation actions at all levels.

Principal and Chief Executive of SRUC, Professor Wayne Powell, said: “SRUC is an international leader in climate adaptation research, particularly for the rural sector, so it is appropriate that we are one of the founding members of the ARA.

“Moreover, our research is action and place-oriented, serving the needs of the policy and practitioner community, and so we fully endorse and support the ARA principles, which we believe should be adopted more widely to ensure that adaptation research actually makes a difference to vulnerable people at risk from the effects of climate change.”

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