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Adaptation Practices
The adaptation practices interface is a gateway to information on adaptation practices worldwide. It provides a summary of adaptation practices by a large range of organizations, agencies and businesses, along with descriptions and relevant links and publications. The interface was mandated by the SBSTA, see SBSTA 25 report FCCC/SBSTA/2006/11 (paragraph 59).
It was updated for the thirtieth session of the SBSTA (June 2009).
Type of organization

Regional focus

Sector

Adaptation delivery activity

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Adaptation Practice Type of organization Regional focus Sector Adaptation delivery activity Description

Global Change Impact Studies Centre Activities

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Education and training

Education

Training

Training researchers to participate in global climate science and providing impact assessments for Pakistan.

Global Change System for Analysis, Research and Training Activities
(START)

Non-Governmental

All regions

Education and training

Education

Knowledge management

Creating and maintaining a network of scientists from developing countries providing regional impact and vulnerability assessments to policy-makers.

Projects:

 

Global Climate Change Alliance

Intergovernmental

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Other

Knowledge management

Other

Provides a dialogue platform for the EU and developing countries on climate change. Initiates cooperative actions for the implementation of adaptation and mitigation objectives into development policies.

Publications

Global Climate Observing System Secretariat Activities
(GCOS)

Academic

All regions

Education and training

Education

Knowledge management

Monitoring the climate system; detecting and attributing climate change; assessing impacts of, and supporting adaptation to, climate variability and change; Application to national economic development; Research to improve understanding, modelling and prediction of the climate system.

Example project:
Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev Africa)

Action undertaken in support of the UNFCCC
GCOS Implementation Plan

Global Environment Facility Project Database
(GEF)

Intergovernmental

All regions

Other

Financial support

Database of projects financed by GEF in different areas, including adaptation.

Google.org: Predict and Prevent

Private

All regions

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Education

Financial support

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Identifying future disaster hot spots and enabling a rapid response in sub-Sahara Africa and Southeast Asia.

Further documents
Initiative Brief

Financing
Grants and Investments

Outputs
Google Earth: Climate Change in our World

Government of Australia Activities

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Terrestrial ecosystems

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Water resources

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Financial support

Education

Increasing scientific knowledge of climate change impacts at regional and national level, enhancing adaptation through national policies, disaster risk reduction work and partnerships with the private sector. Concrete adaptation action in the agricultural sector, human settlements, coastal zones, biodiversity and health.

Climate Knowledge at the Regional Level (Pacific)


National and Sub-national Strategies

Public-Private Partnership
Climate Change Impacts and Risk Management: A Guide for Business and Government

Sectoral Action

Government of Australia - Climate Adaptation through Sustainable Urban Development

Academic

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Other

Collaborative partnership with CSIRO. Facilitates investigation on integrated urban water management systems with policy makers, managers and researchers. Assesses the impacts of climate change and water usage on infrastructure and resource management issues and the implications for sustainability.  

Case Studies

Government of Austria Activities

Governmental

Europe

Water resources

Human health

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Terrestrial ecosystems

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Knowledge management

Education

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Building further knowledge and undertaking concrete adaptation action in the water and agriculture sectors.

Example projects

Government of Belgium Activities

Governmental

Europe

Oceans and coastal areas

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Water resources

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Education

Integrating adaptation into water management at sub-regional levels, including Walloon and Brussels.

Example strategies
Sigma Plan for flood protection and control

Research practices
Experiments

Government of Cyprus Activities

Governmental

Europe

Education and training

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Oceans and coastal areas

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Combatting water shortage through better water management and desalination plants and new and improved irrigation techniques.

Academic Assessments
Climate Change: Impacts and Adaptation Strategies in the Eastern Mediterranean

Government of Finland Activities

Governmental

Europe

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Water resources

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Education

Implementing adaptation as part of the National Adaptation Strategy in the Water Sector (better water management and increased dam discharge capacity), agriculture, transport and forestry with a long-term view of integrating adaptation into all national planning.

Research Programs
Climate Change Adaptation Research Program ISTO

Government of France Activities

Governmental

Europe

Human health

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Water resources

Education and training

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Education

Training

Adaptation plans at national and regional level, sectoral action and improved response capacity to extreme events like heat waves. Improved research on climate change impacts and prediction.

Research Programs
National Observatory on Climate Change Impacts

Action Programs
Plan Canicule for heatwave response

Government of Germany - Climate Change Scenarios for the Congo Basin

Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Other

Development of climate scenarios and analysis on climate impacts on natural resources via the scenarios. Conducts analysis of the impact of climate change on socio-economic and ecological development. Supports the development and implementation national laws and local protection measures.

Government of Germany - Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region

Governmental

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Business

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Capacity building

Other

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Supports regional and local partners to improve their climate information, advisory capacities, and training opportunities. Provides advice to policy makers  regarding sustainable actions in key economic sectors. 

Regional Programme Information

Government of Germany - Mainstreaming Gender Aspects in Climate Change Adaptation and Low-Carbon Development

Governmental

Small Island Developing States

Least Developed Countries

Other

Capacity building

Global platform for mainstreaming gender concerns into adaptation and low-carbon development. Produces information and training materials, monitoring mechanisms and policy recommendations.

Government of Germany - Regional Program to Adaptation to Climate Change in Andes Region

Governmental

South America

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Capacity building

Other

Establishes a regional platform for climate information and knowledge and provides support services for the integration of adaptation into agricultural sector institutions and political processes in order to build food security.
 

Government of Germany - Transboundary Water Management in Central Asia

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Water resources

Communication and awareness raising

Capacity building

Knowledge management

Other

Provides knowledge and training to develop sustainable and equitable water resource management for Central Asian countries. Established forums for international dialogue and knowledge exchange and experience. Provides financing for selected project actions.

Component:
Regional Dialogue and Cooperation in Water Resources Management

Government of Germany Activities

Governmental

Europe

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Terrestrial ecosystems

Oceans and coastal areas

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Education

Knowledge management

Generating additional knowledge on climate change adaptation at regional and national levels, better coastal zone management, protecting biodiversity, disaster preparedness and improving spatial planning.

Strategies


National Assessment

High-Resolution Impact Study

Regional Impact studies

 

Government of Germany - Climate Sensitive Flood Water Management in the Lower Mekong Basin

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Other

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Capacity building

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Other

Develops forecasting systems of riparian states. Practical education and training courses are provided to demonstrate the application of information obtained to planning sustainable adaptive measures.

Government of Germany - Programme for the Sustainable Use of Natural Resources in Central Asia

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Other

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Combats desertification in Central Asia through research on, and implementation of, conservation measures.

Publications
Acting locally - cooperating regionally

Government of Hungary Activities

Governmental

Europe

Water resources

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Disseminating information on adaptation practice and adjusting river basin management to climate.

Example projects

Government of Ireland Activities

Governmental

Europe

Water resources

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Inter-basin water transfer from Lough Ree on the Shannon to Dublin City.

Strategy


Government of Italy Activities

Governmental

Europe

Water resources

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Action on adaptation in combatting desertification, alpine protection, agriculture, coastal protection and human health. National and local action plans. Heat Health Watch Warning System (HHWWS). Heat-Health Action Plan

Academic Assessment
Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Strategies in Italy: An Economic Assessment

Action Plans
National Action Plan to Combat Desertification and Drought

Projects

Government of Latvia Activities

Governmental

Europe

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Financial support

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Education

Financing environmental protection investments, integrating adaptation into health, agriculture and national security conceptions, at all government levels including local. Hyrdological and metereological information and assessment.

Funding

 

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