Adaptation Learning Mechanism

Global platform that shares knowledge, maps good practice, and builds networks on climate change adaptation

In response to information gaps and to address existing adaptation knowledge needs, the United Nations Development Programme, along with other agency partners, launched the Adaptation Learning Mechanism (ALM) in 2007. The ALM represents a collaborative, global learning process, with leadership, facilitation and strong participation by Southern institutions. Seeking to provide stakeholders with a common platform for sharing and learning, the ALM bridges knowledge gaps by bringing relevant knowledge and stakeholders together to exchange information, experiences, and expertise. Additionally, the ALM complements the wide range of adaptation knowledge networks and initiatives already underway.

The ALM develops tools and resources to support the following:

  1. Adaptation practices – what can be done to adapt to climate change on the ground?
  2. Integration of climate change risks and adaptation into development policy, planning and operations – how can policies and plans support adaptation over time?
  3. Capacity building – how can people be better assisted in becoming equipped for adapting to climate change?



Using the tool: None
Time needed:
Designed for ongoing use, with limited time needed per usage.

Accessing the tool

Online: Available online
Andrea Egan

Adaptation Learning Mechanism (ALM)
United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
Energy and Environment Group
Bureau for Development Policy

Adaptation knowledge sharing tools

Share climate adaptation-specific knowledge increasingly through Web 2.0 functionality and user-generated content.

Area of focus
Adaptation 3, Mitigation 1, Development 2

Published by:

United Nations Development Program (UNDP)


For global use