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COP21 Side Event: Decision making for a climate resilient future: Creating a “Climate Knowledge Grid”

December 10, 2015 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Hosted by:  CTCN, SEI, REEEP, CKB

Society is only now grasping the full extent to which our lives, jobs and environment are sensitive to a changing climate. Effective, expedient and evidence-based decision making will be needed in many areas if we are to build a climate resilient future.

For urban planners, farmers, emergency responders, economists, investment managers or any of the thousands of professions affected by climate change, the challenge beyond 2015 lies in finding information that is useful to practical decision making, and making sense of it. The Climate Knowledge Brokers Group (CKB), a burgeoning community of knowledge specialists representing a range of fields connected to climate change and international development, emerged in 2012 to address these challenges. In September 2015, the group released the Climate Knowledge Brokers Manifesto, a joint call to action for drastically improving the climate knowledge landscape.

But what is necessary to put the principles of the CKB Manifesto into action at scale, empowering knowledge brokers to effectively interpret, sort, translate and synthesize information, and ensuring that practitioners, policymakers and the public are able to find the knowledge they require for effective decision-making?

The event will discuss the work of CKB members building toward the creation of a “Climate Knowledge Grid” – a technological and human-centred construct that will support significantly deeper collaboration and knowledge integration, and in the end a vastly more efficient mechanism for bringing information to decision makers everywhere.


  • Ari Huhtala (Climate Development Knowledge Network)
  • Karina Larsen (Climate Technology Centre & Network)
  • Sukaina Bharwani (Stockholm Environment Institute – Oxford)
  • Xianfu Lu (UNFCCC)
  • Florian Bauer (REEEP / CKB Coordination Hub)
  • Moderator: Steve Zwick (Ecosystem Marketplace)

Date/Time: Thursday, 10 December at 10:30-12:00

Venue: EU Pavilion, Blue Zone, Parc des Expositions, Le Bourget, Paris

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December 10, 2015
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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COP 21 – EU Pavilion
Paris, France


Climate Knowledge Brokers Group / Coordination Hub