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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

Government of Malta Activities

Governmental

Europe

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Adaptation in the water sector (coastal zones) and development of new water management technologies.

Example projects

 

Government of New Zealand Activities

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Financial support

Partnerships with key sectors for water and coastal issues, biodiversity, maintaining public infrastructure (such as transport, telecommunications and energy supply), and primary production (ie, agriculture, including fostering appropriate land-use development and planning). Supporting and encouraging industries and communities in vulnerable sectors and regions to engage in early planning. Integrating adaptation into Flood Risk Management and the Sustainable Water Programme.

Climate Change Strategy
New Zealand's Climate Change Solutions, including adaptation

Sectoral Assessments and Strategies


Regional Assessments by indicator

Example projects

Tools

 

Government of Portugal Activities

Governmental

Europe

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Raising heat wave preparedness through the national health and emergency services, integrating adaptation into water and river basin mangement plans. Coastal zone management "priorities". National Plan for protection of forests against wild fires.

Government of Romania Activities

Governmental

Europe

Oceans and coastal areas

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Education and training

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Integrating adaptation into agriculture, transport, forests, the built environment and coastal zones through national policy, research and action plans.

 

Government of South Africa Activities

Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Oceans and coastal areas

Education and training

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Capacity building

Education

Thematic programs on Water, Wetlands, Fire and increased agricultural productivity. Better assessment of drought and flood risk, climate adaptation R&D and improved weather reporting. Community-level projects. Adjusting national spatial planning to better protect coastlines.

Thematic Programs

Strategies
Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan for the Westerne Cape

Research & Development
Environmental Stress Tollerance Research (GMOs)

Academic Assessments
Adapting to climate, water and health stresses: insights from Sekhukhune, South Africa

Government of Sweden Activities

Governmental

Europe

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Oceans and coastal areas

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Education

Communication and awareness raising

Creating multi-level inter-sectoral network to stimulate adaptation action at regional and municipal levels as well as better coordinating adaptation action with rescue services, national planning and meteorological information services. Some pilot actions at municipal level to better protect settlements against the sea, landslides and storms.

Swedish Assessment Report
Sweden facing climate change - threats and opportunities

Example outputs
Climatools

Sectoral Action
National Efforts

Government of Switzerland - Floods from the Roof of the World: Protection thanks to applied research

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Other

Other

Creates an inventory of glaciers and glacier lakes and a monitoring system as a basis for an early warning system.

Government of the Netherlands Activities

Governmental

Europe

Education and training

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Oceans and coastal areas

Education

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Financial support

Strengthening coastal defences, increasing discharge capacity, subjecting planning to "water tests" and involving all climate-related sectors into adaptation work. Payments for ecosystem services.

Academic Assessment

Government of the United Kingdom Activities

Governmental

Europe

Education and training

Water resources

Oceans and coastal areas

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Education

Communication and awareness raising

Training

Increasing evidence base about impacts and consequences, raising awareness in public and private sector, developing pilot projects and integrating adaptation into all levels of government.

Strategies


Projects


Research Database

 

Government of the United States Activities

Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

North America

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Education and training

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Financial support

Education

Integrating climate information into disaster relief management, training developing countries in climate adaption in the farming sector, reducing pacific island vulnerability to climate change, increasing knowledge on climate impacts and adaptation at regional level (Alaska, California, the Carolinas and others). Providing NASA observations to development planning through SERVIR. Thematic and sectoral programs at national level.

Example Projects

Research Publications

 

Government of the United States - U.S. Support Program to the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI)

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Other

Capacity building

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Provides scientific advice, management support and facilitates access to cross-sectoral experts in order to design sustainability goals and integrate adaptation considerations. Assists in long-term planning and conducts training for conservation managers. Designed a Coral Triangle Atlas to assist in the management of marine protected areas.

Factsheet
 

Government of United States - ADAPT

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Other

Capacity building

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Provides advice and support for decision-makers to enhance implementation of environmental laws and policies. Invests in climate-smart food security actions to build resilience. Supports community-based adaptation projects enhancing knowledge, natural resource management and addresses vulnerability reduction.

Factsheet
Accessing Climate Change and Resilience Funds for Asia-Pacific

Government of United States - Water Supply, Sanitation, and Hygiene Infrastructure Program

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Water resources

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Locates finance resources for infrastructure improvement and reform water and sanitation utilities to build efficiency, viability, security and service provision. Develops community health initiatives in line with water and sanitation programmes.

Project

Government of United States - Building Climate Resilience of Mekong Hydropower Dams

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Other

Capacity building

Joint initiative with the Lower Mekong Initiative to build capacity to integrate adaptation measures into planning and building processes. Development of modeling and analytical tools. Encourage cross sectoral partnerships and knowledge sharing.

Additional Information
Managing Sediment, Climate Change in Mekong Basin Dams

Government of United States - Climate Change in the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States

Governmental

Small Island Developing States

Oceans and coastal areas

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Other

Focusing on vulnerabilities relating to climate and water, the project provides support for policy makers to improve national regulatory frameworks. Supports national adaptation strategies in addition to awareness raising and capacity building measures. Development of monitoring and forecasting systems will strengthen information and response capabilities in water management.

OECS Newsletter 2012

Great Green Wall (GEF)

Intergovernmental

Non-Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

South America

Business

Terrestrial ecosystems

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Capacity building

Other

Pan-African initiative to combat desertification in the Sahel-Saharan region.

Documents

Groundwater in Sub-Saharan Africa: Implications for Food Security and Livelihoods (WMI)

Academic

Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Water resources

Other

Design a groundwater strategy for sub-Saharan Africa considering availability, sustainability and constraints of developing the resource as well as use and adaptation considerations.                                     Country Reports 


Papers

Guidelines to plan actions against droughts (DOF)

Governmental

Caribbean and Central America

Water resources

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Guidelines developed to plan actions which may be developed before, during and after droughts. Actions are presented as illustrative examples and promote stakeholder participation.

Guidelines

Hadley Centre for Climate Change Activities

Governmental

Europe

Education and training

Communication and awareness raising

Education

Providing weather projections and early warning on extreme weather events, providing weather data sets.

Outputs and Databases

 

Health Vulnerability and Climate Change Adaptation Assessments (WHO)

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Asia-Pacific

Caribbean and Central America

Least Developed Countries

South America

Human health

Capacity building

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Provides guidance material on conducting health vulnerability and climate change adaptation assessments.                         

Documentation

Technical Paper

 

Helio International - Climate Proofing Energy Systems: Vulnerability-Adaptation-Resilience

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Other

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Other

Assesses and monitors the vulnerability of energy systems and identify adaptation potentials. Develops strategies to facilitate progression to low-carbon energy supply systems. Improves climate-smart evaluation capacity of countries for energy needs including consideration of ecosystem services associated with the energy sector.

Global Report
Climate Proofing Energy Systems: Global Report

Energy Systems Country Reports

Iberoamerican Network of Climate Change Bureaus
(RIOCC)

Intergovernmental

South America

Education and training

Knowledge management

Education

Training

Contributing a regional cooperative structure to the Nairobi Work Programme, as well as adressing needs in the following NWP areas of work: Methods and Tools; Data and Observations; Climate modelling, scenarios and downscaling; Climate related risks and extreme events; Adaptation planning and practices.

Contributions to the UNFCCC
Action Pledges

Impacts of Climate Change and Watershed Development on whole-of-basin Agricultural Water Security in the Krishna and Murray-Darling Basins (ACIAR)

Academic

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Water resources

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Other

Investigates water security strategies to support food production and livelihood sustainability at the basin level by considering climate change and watershed development impacts.                              

Progress reports
Impacts of climate change and watershed development

Implementation Plan for the Caribbean Regional Framework for Achieving Development Resilient to Climate Change (CCCCC)

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Other

Other

Long-term strategy considering funding, investment and strategies in the reduction of regional and national risk to climate change. Establishes responsibilities, governance and capacity objectives to this end. 

Project Document

Increasing Climate Resilience through Drinking Water Rehabilitation in North Tajikistan (GEF)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Other

Water resources

Communication and awareness raising

Capacity building

Knowledge management

Other

Looks to reform water utility management, uses efficiency and infrastructure and identify alternative water sources to increase climate resilience.

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