START helps to foster more resilient and adaptable development by targeting its activities to serve knowledge generation and sharing at the interface of science, policy, and practice. By doing so, START promotes responsive knowledge systems that are able to effectively address societal decision making needs and priorities.
START programs and activities promote knowledge sharing through:
- Collaboratively developing multi-stakeholder dialogues between research, policy and practice that enable exchange of knowledge, interpretation and synthesis, and that identify strategies and actions for building demand-driven knowledge systems.
- Expanding the scope and availability of training opportunities to more effectively engage scientists and other professionals in the development and application of innovative communication tools, methods and approaches targeted at a wide range of decision makers.
- Seeking out new partnerships with other organizations that are active at the interface of communication, development and global environmental change in order to enhance opportunities for innovative communication that reach a broad range of stakeholders.
- Promoting opportunities to consolidate and synthesize climate information that resides in the grey literature.
The overall objective of the Coastal Cities at Risk (CCaR): Building Adaptive Capacity for Managing Climate Change in Coastal Megacities Program is to develop the knowledge base and enhance the capacity of mega-cities to successfully adapt to and when necessary cope with risks posed by the effects of climate change, including sea level rise, in the context of urban growth and development.