2. Adaptation Platform Analysis

In section 1.3 the “adaptation platforms landscape” in Europe has been described including the legal basis of the platforms, history of their development and funding models. In addition to this, sections 2.1 and 2.2 highlight some of the most significant challenges, and reflections and lessons learnt, respectively, in setting up, developing and maintaining adaptation platforms in Europe. In both cases, the analysis has been clustered under seven issue areas as a means of structuring and presenting the analysis. These areas do not represent relative priorities, but rather provide issue areas that can be used to facilitate further discussion towards seeking to clarify the challenges, and to identify and translate reflections and lessons learnt to support owners, developers and managers of platforms.

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These issue areas are those that have been highlighted in discussions at which owners, developers and managers of platforms have come together. They are often interconnected and do not represent stand-alone elements of a platform’s development, maintenance and evolution. In addition, there are overlaps between the seven categories. The topics have been assigned to the categories in the most practical way. The representative challenges, reflections and lessons presented under each issue area are based on the experience of those countries and platforms that are included in this analysis (see Table 1.3.1). Care should be taken with their translation to other socio-economic and political contexts.

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The seven issue areas considered in the analysis of challenges, and reflections and lessons learnt are:

  1. Funding and sustaining platforms;
  2. Understanding, communicating and engaging with users;
  3. Identifying relevant knowledge and information;
  4. Presenting relevant knowledge and information;
  5. Design, technical and structural elements of a platform;
  6. Monitoring, evaluating and improving a platform; and
  7. Linking across sectors, scales and platforms.

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