About us

Accelerating climate adaptation globally

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T he Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) is an international organization working to accelerate action on adapting to climate change. We support adaptation solutions at the international and the local levels,  partnering with the public and the private sector.

Founded in 2018, our global headquarters is hosted by the Netherlands in the largest floating office in the world in Rotterdam. We have regional offices in Africa, South Asia and Asia Pacific, and a knowledge and research hub in Groningen, the Netherlands.

Our work spans high-level policy development, research, advocacy and communication for faster and deeper climate adaptation. We work closely with partners to ensure the effective and efficient delivery of results where they are most needed.

Our focus is firmly on those who are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The poorest people in the poorest countries are the least prepared to withstand the health, social and economic impacts of the climate emergency.


Our mission is to climate-proof the planet against the effects of global warming. We do this by finding, Incubating, and implementing ways to accelerate and innovate climate adaptation at scale, building a stronger and more prosperous climate-resilient world.


Adaptation to our changing climate secures progress towards sustainable development, safeguarding people, the planet and our shared prosperity.

Our Pillars of Activity

The value proposition of GCA as a solutions broker combines our ability to mobilize finance
with three pillars of activity: programs and action; knowledge acceleration; and agenda
setting and advocacy supported by cross-cutting activities.

Programs & Action

We work with our partners to provide a unique adaptation perspective across the strategy and design of programs, mobilize finance, advise on project implementation, design appropriate governance structures and procure the best delivery partners.

Knowledge Acceleration

We accelerate the application of knowledge to adaptation issues through facilitating the uptake of knowledge sharing; effective knowledge management and knowledge creation; leading research where gaps in knowledge, research and science exist; and driving innovation to develop specific approaches, such as portfolio reviews, which can be mainstreamed by our partners.

Agenda Setting & Advocacy

We use our convening power to bring together the most influential opinion formers to create a community and stimulate further growth of the adaptation coalition and movement. We identify research gaps and work with pre-eminent organizations to produce and publish landmark reports to shape the adaptation agenda.

Read our 2023 Annual Report here. Previous Annual Reports are accessible through these links: 2022 Annual Report, 2021Annual Report
For more information, read our updated 2020-2025 Business Plan here and ANBI 2023 form here.

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Our Team

The Global Center on Adaptation is collaborating with a range of partners from across the public and private sectors, including multilateral institutions such as the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), to drive the mainstreaming agenda.


We are proud to work with some of the most innovative, insightful and impactful organizations from around the world who are supporting the transition to a sustainable and resilient world.

Contact Us

We at GCA like to stay connected. Feel free to contact us at any time and let us know how we can help. Reach out for more information, comments and questions.

Join Us

We work with the best and the brightest to accelerate action and support for adaptation solutions for a climate resilient future.


The procedure for selection for GCA tenders is a competitive selection and the GCA will invite selected parties to submit a proposal.

The Global Commission on Adaptation

The Global Commission on Adaptation was launched in The Hague on 16th October 2018 by the 8th Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon.