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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

Indian Ocean Commission - ACCLIMATE project

Intergovernmental

Small Island Developing States

Least Developed Countries

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Other

Capacity building

Other

Facilitates dialogue between policy makers and scientists on adaptation and climate issues. Add knowledge on these subjects by hosting seminars and producing studies and reports.

Institute of Development Studies Activities
(IDS)

Academic

Africa and the Arab States

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

South America

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Education

Disseminating information on community-based adaptation practices to catalyze further action.

Institute of Development Studies and Christian Aid - Climate and Disaster Governance

Academic

Non-Governmental

All regions

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Capacity building

Education

Communication and awareness raising

Investigating climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction governance at the national and sub-national levels, including citizen engagement and accountability in the policy process, the role of social protection instruments, institution building in fragile states and the implications for international policy frameworks. First publications on disaster insurance.

Publications

 

Integrated and Sustainable Management of Transboundary Water Resources in the Amazon River Basin Considering Climate Variability and Change (UNEP)

Intergovernmental

Small Island Developing States

South America

Water resources

Capacity building

Other

Enhances transboundary cooperative river basin water resource management through technical-institutional mechanisms. Develops and disseminate knowledge on risk and strategies to address them.                     

Reports (Spanish)

Integrated Coastal Management with Special Emphasis on the Sustainable Management of Mangrove Forests in Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua (SIAGUA)

Governmental

Caribbean and Central America

Oceans and coastal areas

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Capacity building

Other

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Develops sustainable local and national integrated coastal management plans and implements demonstration projects. Prepares and presents investment proposals.

Integrating Climate Change Adaptation into National Development Processes in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNDP)

Intergovernmental

Small Island Developing States

South America

Caribbean and Central America

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Other

Water resources

Capacity building

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Other

Develops knowledge and technology transfer with the goal of strengthening the capacity of countries to integrate climate change concerns into national planning.    

Document
UN Guide to Mainstreaming Climate Change in national Development Processes

Integrating Climate Change Risks and Opportunities into National Development Processes and United Nations Country Programming (UNDP)

Academic

Governmental

Intergovernmental

Caribbean and Central America

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

South America

Other

Other

Advises on the integration of climate risk, adaptation and considerations of maladaptation in development policies.

Integrating Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change into Sustainable Development Policy Planning and Implementation in Eastern and Southern Africa (IISD)

Governmental

Intergovernmental

Non-Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Other

Capacity building

Other

Develops knowledge on the integration of climate change into development planning with the aim of building capacity to generate and use information to reduce vulnerability.

Inter-American Development Bank Activities
(IDB)

Intergovernmental

South America

Other

Financial support

Financing, leverage, policy advice, research, and technical assistance to carry out development projects in 26 countries of the Latin America and the Caribbean region. New multidonor trust fund to finance technical assistance and grant investments for disaster prevention and risk management in its borrowing countries in Latin America and the Caribbean

Example publications
Developing and Supporting the Use of Disaster-Linked Financial Instruments: The Role of the IDB in Latin America and the Caribbean

Projects
Project Gateway

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - Working Group II
(IPCC WG-2)

Academic

All regions

Education and training

Education

IPCC Working Group II assesses the scientific, technical, environmental, economic and social aspects of the vulnerability (sensitivity and adaptability) to climate change.

Publications

 

International Commission of Large Dams Activities

Intergovernmental

All regions

Education and training

Water resources

Education

Research on increasing resilience of dams to extreme events (flooding).

International Food Policy Research Institute Activities
(IFPRI)

Academic

Africa and the Arab States

Asia-Pacific

South America

Least Developed Countries

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Education

Communication and awareness raising

Analysing interlinkages between agriculture, climate-change and pro-poor growth, including through the analysis of farm-level adaptation strategies, the analysis of possible impacts of climate change in line with various post-2012 regimes, and innovative sources of financing for adaptation in the agriculture sector.

Programme Description
Climate Change - Minimizing the Risks and Maximizing the Benefits for the Poor

Academic Assessments


Local Coping Strategies at the Farm Level in Ethipia and South Africa


International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis Activities

Academic

All regions

Education and training

Education

Communication and awareness raising

Training

Advances the conceptual and methodological development of risk and vulnerability research, carries out selected risk and vulnerability assessments, carries out integrative stakeholder-led case studies and develops interactive tools that can provide training on vulnerability and adaptation.

Relevant ongoing work within the NWP
Action Pledge

International Institute for Environment & Development Activities

Non-Governmental

Least Developed Countries

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Education and training

Communication and awareness raising

Training

Education

Enhancing capacity in developing countries and increasing climate - sustainable development linkages. Supporting greater CDM usage by developing countries.

Example projects:

 

International Research Institute for Climate and Society Activities
(IRI)

Academic

Africa and the Arab States

Asia-Pacific

Small Island Developing States

Least Developed Countries

Education and training

Education

Communication and awareness raising

Providing climate monitoring, climate forecasts, IRI seasonal climate forecasts, numerical climate prediction tools, forecast methodologies, research and software tools in order to enable effective adaptation decision-making within specific sectors.

Projects


Publications

 

International Water Management Institute Activities

 

Non-Governmental

All regions

Education and training

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Education

Communication and awareness raising

Part of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), IWMI is a non-profit organization aiming to improve the management of land and water resources for food, livelihoods and nature through the dissemination of knowledge for water, food and environment.

ISDR, UNDP and OCHA - Capacity for Disaster Reduction Initiative
(CADRI)

Intergovernmental

All regions

Education and training

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Water resources

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Training

Communication and awareness raising

Education

Providing knowledge services (training, webpages, promotion materials), material services (exchange and lessons learned, capacity development tools and processes, learning materials), guidance and country and regional support to strengthen the integration of disaster reduction into country and regional policies through UN country teams.

 

Knowledge Center on Climate Change: Adaptation and Best Practices in Agriculture and Natural Resources Sectors (SEARCA)

Academic

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Capacity building

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Online portal providing a wealth of information on climate change including knowledge exchange, a database of climate change operators, research, development and training opportunities. The aim is to strengthen capacity within the fields of agriculture and natural resources.

LEAD International Activities

Non-Governmental

All regions

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Knowledge management

Training

Training programs and international leadership networks for sustainable development.

Example Trainings
UNDP UNEP Leadership and Skills Training for PEI Champions

Example Projects
Bali Darwin Initiative

Linking African Researchers with Adaptation Policy Spaces (Africa Adapt)

Non-Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Other

Capacity building

Other

Develops knowledge, research and tools to educate on adaptation policy processes at local and national levels.                              

Project Summary:
Linking African Researchers with Adaptation Policy Spaces

Livelihoods connect

Non-Governmental

All regions

Education and training

Knowledge management

Training

Promoting knowledge sharing, collaboration and advocacy for promoting sustainable livelihoods, including in adaptatation to climate change.

Example project
Community drought mitigation project

Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development

Non-Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Terrestrial ecosystems

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Builds on local initiatives to capitalize on renewable natural ressources to improve sustainable livelihoods.

Example project
Adaptation to Climate Change and Human Health under the CLACC Project

London Mayor Activities

Governmental

Europe

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Education

Training

Identifying the main climate impacts likely to affect London, establishing the current risk baseline and analyzing the impact of climate change on the probability of key natural hazards, such as flooding and drought. Implementing risk-management actions to prevent, prepare, respond and recover. Adjusting London's water infrastructure to climate risk.

Strategies
London Climate Change Adaptation Strategy (Draft)

Stakeholder Groups
London Climate Change Partnership

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine: Centre on Global Change and Health Activities

Academic

All regions

Education and training

Human health

Education

WHO collaborating research centre to contribute to the national, regional and global valuation of health impacts of climate change and improve knowledge of public policy responses to extreme weather events.

Example Projects

Management of Flash Floods: Capacity building and awareness raising in the Hindu Kush Himalayas (ICIMOD)

Governmental

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Other

Capacity building

Created an inventory of glaciers and glacial lakes and identified lakes at risk of bursting. Conducts workshops and training on flash flood risk management with the aim of reducing vulnerability and poverty through sustainable development.

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