Maria João Freitas (Portugal) 1; Sægrov Sveinung (Norway) 2; Tonne Muthanna (Norway) 2
1 - LNEC; 2 - NTNU
In the BINGO Project one of the main outcomes were to contribute to more effective tools, improved use of data and a deeper understanding of the issues at hand through a particular process based on Communities of Practice (CoPs). The CoPs are aimed to cross the usual engagement interactive chain constraints typically known and to stress Knowledge Alliances based on co-production between researchers (hydrologists and climatologists) and non-researchers (stakeholders and decision makers). In BINGO the aim was to go deeper in exploring and experimenting with collaborative and interactive processes. The processes focused on sharing experiences based on the human factor, face-to-face collaborative and co-productive moments. This enables a deeper focus on what really happens and matters for each site.
The added-value was cross-cutting and helped in reducing the barriers between data production and action through knowledge co-production. By doing so, the process enabled adaptation proxys to explore the exposure specificities of the climate challenges in each site and testing and exploring how it could be achieved. What the BINGO CoP experience intended to show was that if you are able to reach and engage different stakeholders and combine their interactions in a circular and interactive way, awareness and perceptions processes (based on quantitative and qualitative co-productions and outputs) will start to occur. With these common experiences (based on comprehensive tools for risk assessment, co-production of consequent strategic roadmaps and recommendations) it is possible to launch an actionable process enabling real adaptive actions.
Along the BINGO experience we learned that the marriage between information outputs and CoP process was not a spontaneous one neither just a smooth linear consequence of sequential well defined research tasks. Instead, it was an adventure quite alive, dynamic, restless, uncertain, with ups and downs, more settle in commitments than in consensus, and running along different rhythmic balances at the different sites. However, the important message is that it was possible! The BINGO Dynamic Framework is supported by some key BINGO Exploitable Results. The Dynamic Framework results in more robust involvement of key stakeholders, which in return creates sustained decision making for implementation. Bringing it all the way to implementation is a key step, as that is where climate change adaption needs to end up – in implemented actions.