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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

Siyanda on-line database on gender and development materials

Interactive on-line database of publications on gender issues in development.

Small Island Developing States Network
(SIDSNet)

Intergovernmental

Small Island Developing States

Education and training

Knowledge management

Sharing of best practice and expertise.

Reports

National and Regional Assessment Reports of the Small Island Developing States

 

South Asia Water Initiative (SAWI)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Water resources

Capacity building

Other

Platform for international cooperation to develop knowledge, investment and institutions relating to water resources at the basin level.

 
Report
2011 SAWI Annual Report

START International - Integrating Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation into Development Planning (CCMAP)

Governmental

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Other

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Capacity building

Other

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Engages climate scientists and policy-makers in dialogues to facilitate the integration of climate-science in development and risk reduction measures.

Science-Policy Dialogue Final Reports

Statistical Regionalization of CMIP5 models for Mexico

Governmental

Caribbean and Central America

Water resources

Knowledge management

Obtains projections for temperature and precipitation change through implementation of a method known as Reliability Ensemble Averaging and inclusion of the range of uncertainty in the new models of the IPCC.

Stockholm Environment Institute Activities
(SEI)

Academic

All regions

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Education and training

Education

Communication and awareness raising

Contributing to the development of "sustainability science" assessing the connections between nature and society. "Risk Livelihoods & Vulnerability" program to understand the sources of vulnerability in the socio-economic domains and connect this to the impacts of climate change.

Outputs

Projects

State-Level adaptation programs in the US, for example

Publications

 

Strengthening Capacity for Policy Research on Mainstreaming Adaptation to Climate Change in Agriculture and Water Sectors (APN)

Academic

Asia-Pacific

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Water resources

Capacity building

Other

Presents measures to overcome barriers to integrating adaptation into policy and develops monitoring mechanisms to track success of mainstreaming efforts. Establishes networks between policy makers and researchers to enhance knowledge exchange.

Strengthening Capacity in the Field of Sustainable Development through Integration of Climate Change Issues into Strategic Planning in the Republic of Kazakhstan (UNDP)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Other

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Capacity building

Working with the Ministry of Environment Protection to integrate sustainable development principles into policy and planning contributing to wider adaptation planning. Promotes participation in actions which further UNFCCC commitments.

Initial Project Document

Strengthening the Capacity of Pacific Developing Member Countries to Respond to Climate Change - Phase 1 (ADB)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Other

Capacity building

Other

Develops capacity to prepare and evaluate environmental assessments and establish information system capabilities. Advises on mainstreaming climate risk and adaptation into policy and design pilot adaptation projects.

Strengthening the Role of Civil Society in Water Governance in African Cities: Durban, Maputo, Nairobi (IDRC)

Academic

Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Water resources

Other

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Capacity building

Other

Produces research on vulnerability, perception and institutional processes in relation to climate change. This informs the development of practical strategies to enhance resilience with a view to upscaling nationally.

Newsletter

Studies on funding for water-based climate change mitigation and adaptation

Governmental

Intergovernmental

Caribbean and Central America

Water resources

Financial support

The two studies  provide technical assistance, capacity development and technology transfer to strengthen and consolidate actions implemented within the framework of the Mexican water sector’s planning and funding to favour the development of the water sector. Develop actions diagnosis and improvement of the Water Financing System and identify sources of funding.

Studies to characterize the regions of the country according to climate change

Governmental

Intergovernmental

Caribbean and Central America

Water resources

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Knowledge management

Diagnoses each of the 13 river basin organizations in terms of climate trends, water management and expected changes in hydrological dynamics, vulnerabilities.  Analyses general scenarios and expected impacts of climate change.

Support Fund for Local Adaptation Strategies (IDRC)

Governmental

Non-Governmental

Least Developed Countries

Other

Capacity building

Provides funding to community-based organisations to support adaptation knowledge building at the local level.

Publications

Support to Policy Consultation and Actions to boost Sustainable Use of Water and Energy Resources for Agricultural Production and Livelihood Improvement in the Near East and North Africa Region in the context of Climate Change

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Asia-Pacific

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Other

Water resources

Capacity building

Other

Enhances decision-maker and public knowledge of water and energy in the context of climate change and develops capacity to formulate policy and management initiatives.                     

Sustainable Management of the Water Resources of the La Plata Basin with Respect to the Effects of Climate Variability and Change (UNEP)

Intergovernmental

South America

Water resources

Capacity building

Other

Produces a Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis and Strategic Action Plan to ensure river basin development is socially and economically sustainable and can adapt to climate change. Will improve the capacity of countries and institutions to maintain these long-term.

Publications

TACC: Territorial Approach to Climate Change (UN)

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

South America

Other

Capacity building

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Engages with local government to improve access to climate science and resources and develop climate strategies and plans for their area. Designs a framework for cross-sectoral dialogue to address climate change.

The Economics of Climate Adaptation Initiative (CCRIF)

Academic

Small Island Developing States

Other

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Other

Compiled a total climate-risk assessment focusing on climate change impacts on three prevalent natural hazards. The assessment considers impacts to industry, economy and public and private infrastructure. Quantitative adaptation strategies are developed and integrated into national development plans to increase resilience to the hazards.                          

Publications

The Economics of Climate Change in Central America–Phase II (UN-CEPAL)

Intergovernmental

Caribbean and Central America

Oceans and coastal areas

Other

Country-specific assessments of the economic and social costs resulting from projected physical damages if climate change adaptation measures are not adopted. Develops appropriate adaptation mechanisms and encourages a low-carbon economy.                                               

Project document
The economics of climate change

The Nature Conservancy Activities

Non-Governmental

North America

Asia-Pacific

Terrestrial ecosystems

Oceans and coastal areas

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Adapting key ecosystems to the impacts of climate change and pushing for public policy supporting adaptation of nature.

Example Projects

 

The Netherlands Climate Assistance Programme

Non-Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

South America

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Communication and awareness raising

Training

Education

Assisting developing countries in drafting strategies to respond to the impacts of climate change, as well as bringing these into the UNFCCC process.

Example output

West Africa Writeshop on Climate Change and Water Management in West Africa

The University of Regina - Coming Down the Mountain: Understanding the vulnerability of Andean communities to hydroclimatologic variability and global environmental change

Academic

Non-Governmental

South America

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Water resources

Capacity building

Other

Provides research to enhance national and regional policy design and adaptation strategies through evaluation of vulnerability and capacity related to climate change.

Transferring the Malaria Epidemic Prediction Model to Users in East Africa (IDRC)

Academic

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Africa and the Arab States

Human health

Other

Capacity building

Other

Refines the climate-based prediction model to include site-specific factors and upscale its use in East Africa to allow for early warning of epidemics. Additional research regarding non-biophysical factors influencing the disease is also conducted.

Kenya Profile

Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center Activities
(CATIE)

Academic

South America

Education and training

Education

Promoting sustainable agriculture and management of natural resources through training, education, library services and publications.

Outputs
Virtual Library

 

Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research Activities

Academic

All regions

Education and training

Education

Communication and awareness raising

Analysing the potential and limits of adapting society to the impacts of climate change, including risk analysis, and helping organisations adapt.

Example Output
Conference: Living with climate change: are there limits to adaptation?

Example Publication
Business and Climate Change: Measuring and Enhancing Adaptive Capacity

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Climate Change Science Program Activities
(EPA)

Governmental

North America

Education and training

Education

Disseminating information about the impacts of climate change to national stakeholders and the general public and acting as a relay for the U.S. Climate Change Science Program

Example Publications
Impacts of Climate Variability and Change on Transportation Systems and Infrastructure -- Gulf Coast Study

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