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The global change SysTem for Analysis, Research and Training (START)
 Image START is a framework of collaborating organizations that works to enable and support developing country research on regional aspects of global environmental change, including climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation.

Action Pledges

In response to the UNFCCC secretariat’s invitation for pledges of action to support the Nairobi work programme, START is reviewing its research and capacity building programs and realigning them to provide maximum support for Nairobi work programme objectives. In October 2007, this review resulted in START's first pledges of new actions to support all nine work areas of the Nairobi work programme.

The START action pledges focus on three themes:

  1. Educate and train the next generation of Vulnerability and Adaptation researchers and practitioners
  2. Building institutional capacity for accessing and using climate data and projections
  3. Expanding START decision-support research activities

pdf-icon START Acts to support the Nairobi work programme (1375 kB) , Booklet 2007

Updates and new actions

In April 2009, START submitted to the secretariat a detailed report, pdf-icon STARTs actions and action pledges in support of the NWP (207 kB) .  This report highlights the progress made on the activities pledged in the October 2007 booklet.  It provides 15 revised action pledges, building on the progress made, in support of the objectives of the Nairobi work programme.

The progress and revised action pledges are highlighted more clearly in the comprehensive brochure

pdf-icon START Acts to Support the Nairobi work programme (4404 kB) , Booklet 2009. 

The brochure provides an overview of START’s programs supporting the 9 work areas of the Nairobi work programme and provides a complete listing of START’s action pledges. This revised brochure was submitted to the secretariat in May 2009.

 Action Pledge Update (September 2009)


The following was provided as a contribution to and is summarised in the Nairobi work programme publication "Action Pledges: Making a difference on the ground. A synthesis of the outcomes, good practices, lessons learned, and future challenges and opportunities"

Assessing impacts of, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change
pdf-icon Assessing impacts of, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change (321 kB)


The global change System for Analysis, Research and Training

Assessments of Impacts and Adaptations to Climate Change in Multiple Regions and Sectors

Advancing Capacity to Support Climate Change Adaptation


NWP-relevant resources provided through START activities and links to other relevant resources and projects

Methods and Tools
A Synthesis of Methods and Tools Developed by the AIACC Project

The AIACC Project Website – for additional information

Climate Research Special Issue on results of the Climate Prediction and Agriculture project

Training in assessment methods provided by START Advance Study Institutes

Data and observations and Climate modeling, scenarios, and downscaling
The Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG), The University of Cape Town – long-term weather observations throughout sub-Saharan Africa

The Temperate East Asia START Regional Center (TEA-START) – climatological data for the monsoon Asia region

The Miombo Network – land use and land cover change data for the Miombo region, Africa

The Global Observation of Forest and Land Cover Dynamics (GOFC/GOLD) project

Climate related risks and extreme events
pdf-icon For Whom the Bell Tolls: Vulnerabilities in a Changing Climate, Working Paper No. 21, AIACC Working Paper Series

AIACC Working Paper Series – for other lessons about climate change vulnerability from the AIACC project

Monsoon Asia Integrated Regional Study – project information, central climate-related risks and extremes

Adaptation planning and practices
A Stitch in Time, Lessons for Climate Change Adaptation from the AIACC Project’, Working Paper No. 48, AIACC Working Paper Series

AIACC Working Paper Series – for other lessons about climate change adaptation from the AIACC project

weADAPT – a new web-based program being developed by the Stockholm Environment Institute and others to enhance the knowledge base of the adaptation community

The African Climate Change Fellowship Program – to enable African researchers and practitioners gain capabilities for planning and implementing adaptation actions