Guidance for the development of learning networks

In CATCH, midsized cities work to become adaptive and resilient to climate change and the resulting extreme weather events. To evolve from an engineered system into an adaptive and resilient system, partners are inspired by the Water Sensitive Cities Theory. One of the main principles of this theory is to work on the development of Adapt My City learning networks. These are networks to disseminate knowhow and share experiences and learnings from CATCH with peers and stakeholders.

To share the Adapt My City tool and lessons learned amongst midsized cities, the CATCH project developed Adapt My City learning networks. This section provides information on how these learning networks were developed.

Train the trainer guide

Learning networks are valuable tools for training and joint learning. They provide interaction, feedback, and inspiration to organisations facing similar challenges. 

To develop such learning networks, a Train the trainer guide was developed based on insights from the Adapt My City learning networks. This short guide supplies relevant recommendations and resources to build on the experiences of CATCH in establishing the networks and organising trainings on the Adapt My City tool.

Training modules

The Adapt My City tool helps midsized cities develop a climate change adaptation strategy that is tailored to their needs by gaining insight in their current situation, learning what to focus on and how to resolve problems.

To train cities in using the Adapt my City tool, a course divided in multiple modules was developed to support the learning networks. The modules of the tool training course are the followings:

To organise the training in one day or two half days, a concept schedule was developed to estimate the time and resources needed for each module.

Lessons learned

In CATCH, several partners set up Adapt My City learning networks in which various methods of developing learning communities were tested and demonstrated. 

The Värmland County Administrative Board was part of the partners setting up their own network with local municipalities. They share key takeaways of this experience in a leaflet and in the video hereunder.