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United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
 

UNDP is the UN's global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP is on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and its wide range of partners.

The following three Action Pledges submitted by UNDP respond to both of the NWP objectives, i.e., to assist countries to improve the understanding and assessment of climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation, and to assist countries to make informed adaptation decisions.



 

Action Pledge:  Climate Risk Management (CRM) technical assistance project (received in April 2009)

The objective of this project is to develop and apply a methodology that integrates risk over short and longer-term time scales to arrive at an assessment of risk associated with both climate variability and change.  The results will feed into a set of selected country programmes as well as inform the practice of climate risk management in general.

 pdf-icon Action Pledge (108 kB)


Action Pledge:  Community-based adaptation (received in March 2009)

It is increasingly recognized that small communities are likely to be the most severely affected by climate change impacts and yet are least equipped to cope and adapt. This pilot project is designed to implement community-based projects that seek to enhance the resiliency of communities, and/or the ecosystems on which they rely, to climate change impacts. It will essentially create small-scale ‘project/policy laboratories’ and generate knowledge about how to achieve adaptation at the local level.

pdf-icon Action Pledge (92 kB)


Action Pledge:  Developing country-level climate profiles (received in August 2008) - completed

see http://country-profiles.geog.ox.ac.uk/

The aim of this project is to provide a set of country-level climate profiles including historic trend and projected future changes using outputs from the most up to date Global Climate Model (GCM) experiments and robust analytical tools.

This pledge contributes to the areas of work climate modeling, scenarios and downscaling and research and technologies for adaptation

pdf-icon Action Pledge (97 kB)


Action Pledge:  Applying climate information for adaptation decision making (received in August 2008) - completed

see  pdf-icon Applying climate information for adaptation decision-making (3304 kB) , A guidance and resource document

The aim of this project is to provide

  • An overview of diverse needs for climate information within varying adaptation decision contexts, and state-of-the-art in climate information availability and their robustness;
  • Guidance on the selection of existing climate information in support of adaptation; and
  • Resources for deriving relevant climate information.

This pledge contributes to the areas of work climate modeling, scenarios and downscaling and research and technologies for adaptation

pdf-icon Action Pledge (97 kB)


Action Pledge:  Adaptation Learning Mechanism (ALM) (received in August 2008) - completed

see  http://www.adaptationlearning.net/ (Beta version)

The Adaptation Learning Mechanism (ALM) supports evolving efforts to integrate adaptation to climate change in development planning by providing a knowledge-sharing platform that accelerates the process of learning through experience. The ALM draws upon experiences on the ground and features tools and practical guidance. It makes available the Country Adaptation Profiles, which provide essential information for planning adaptation for more than 140 countries.

This pledge contributes to the areas of work methods and tools and adaptation planning and practices

pdf-icon Action Pledge (98 kB)



Action Pledge Update (September 2009)
 

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

Improving the provision of climate data and information
pdf-icon UNDP: Developing Country-level Climate Profiles (121 kB)

Scaling up community-based adaptation actions
pdf-icon UNDP: Community Based Adaptation (126 kB)

Reducing risks of extreme events and climate-related disasters
pdf-icon UNDP: Climate Risk Management Technical Assistance Support Project (102 kB)

Promoting knowledge sharing and learning
pdf-icon UNDP: Adaptation Learning Mechanism (150 kB)

Links

United Nations Development Programme

UNDP Project
Community-Based Adaptation

Adaptation Learning Mechanism (ALM)

UNDP Climate change country profiles

pdf-icon Applying climate information for adaptation decision-making (3304 kB)
A guidance and resource document