Preparing the world for change

Our flagship project: African Development Bank

Guidelines and Screening Tools to Support the Mainstreaming of Climate Change: a chance to influence African development for a generation to come.

Our approach is tailored to meet the requirements of particular user groups in the Bank. Drawing upon a wide range of tools, we will develop an in-house climate risk-adaptation screening tool and a web-based knowledge base. A Guidance Manual and on-site training are key to success.

For further details, contact John Mayhew (GCAP): or Al-Hamdou Dorsouma (AfDB):

Director's reflections

Stocktaking is in the news, from reviews of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

My personal scan looks back on wonderful years leading the Stockholm Environment Institute in Oxford. Aware of rapidly changing demands that require a dynamic and flexible approach, I have established GCAP, and am excited about the road ahead. I particularly enjoyed a week in Tunis with the AfDB, listening to people grapple with the challenge of climate change in Africa. It recalled my first professional position in Kenya.

One message I'd like to instill in our team and clients. GCAP exists not to be 'another consultancy' but to do something unique, something we couldn't do any other way. Climate adaptation is a fast-moving field. Knowledge-led strategies must find real solutions.

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Tom DowningGreetings! exciting times as we develop knowledge-led services! Join me in our growing team and partnerships. Prepare for change...

Tom Downing, CEO
GCAP is go!
We established our operational headquarters in May, with Paul Watkiss, Mohamed Hamza and Tom Downing as directors. All leading experts in their fields!

We've already achieved major milestones, with $1 million in project contracts. Our flagship project is with the African Development Bank and we organised the first part of our Adaptation Academy. We also have the first investors. So we are fully operational.

Over the next three months our focus is on building our core team in Oxford, establishing great partnerships (especially in Bangladesh and Africa), and working with clients who are interested in our services.

Adaptation Academy: our first foundation course
Mo Hamza
Climate adaptation requires new knowledge and skills - utilising theory and practice, methodology and tools from the natural and social sciences. And collaborative learning to support organisational change at various levels. A cornerstone of our strategy is the Adaptation Academy.

Our first Foundation Course was held this summer, a collaboration with the Climate Systems Analysis Group, at the University of Cape Town and the Oxford office of the Stockholm Environment Institute. The 3 weeks was hands-on, working with climate data and future envelopes, risk and vulnerability assessment, and adaptation planning and decision-making.

Mo Hamza leads development of the Academy. Thanks for this year's course in particular to the CSAG team and Anna Taylor, Sukaina Bharwani and Tahia Devisscher from the SEI.

We are moving forward with a formal partnership for 2011 and beyond. Get in touch with Mo for details:

News from our partners
Saleemul Huq at COP15
The new Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) is up and running, based in the Independent University, Bangladesh. The Centre has already convened three short courses, on Community Based Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction, adaptation research for researchers and developing climate change courses for Africa. A Masters degree in Climate Change and Development is planned for 2011.

The Centre has a global reach, with partners including the International Institute for Environment and Development and Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies. ICCCAD is one of the core partners for the GCAP Adaptation Academy.

Join us for the official launch of ICCCAD in February 2011, following the Fifth International Conference on Community Based Adaptation in Dhaka (24 to 31 MARCH 2011).