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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

Assessment of Impacts and Adaptations to Climate Change in Multiple Regions and Sectors
(AIACC)

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Asia-Pacific

Small Island Developing States

Least Developed Countries

South America

Education and training

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Water resources

Education

Communication and awareness raising

Training

Financial support

Advances scientific capacity in developing countries to assess and effectively communicate knowledge of vulnerabilities for adaptation planning and action. To this end, vulnerbability assessments of regional and sectoral scope are developed.

Example publication

 

 

Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies Activities
(BCAS)

Academic

Asia-Pacific

Education and training

Education

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Advancing knowledge on sustainable development and adaptation and implementing concrete action.

Example projects

 

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

 

Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment Activities
(CSERGE)

Academic

All regions

Education and training

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Education

Interdisciplinary research in sustainable development and environment to inform UK and European decision-making and adaptation actions, with emerging focus on water issues.

Publications

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 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

Pacific Regional Environment Programme Activities (SPREP)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Education and training

Education

Training

Providing strengthened metereological services, contributing to a better understanding of impacts, developing adaptative measures and developing further policy on adaptation.

Frameworks and Guidance

Pew Center on Global Climate Change Activities

Non-Governmental

North America

Education and training

Knowledge management

Education

Creating networks for mitigation and adaptation and providing policy-inputs in order to achieve solutions to climate whilst sustaining economic growth.

Example outputs

 

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research Activities
(PIK)

Academic

Europe

Education and training

Education

Communication and awareness raising

Integrating assessments of climate impacts at regional and global level with the analysis of economic and social systems in order to identify vulnerability (including sectoral analysis).

Example research domains

Zambezi Valley Development Initiative

Non-Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Education and training

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Water resources

Knowledge management

Communication and awareness raising

Develeping an indigeneous knowledge bank and consulting on sustainable development in the region for self-help projects. Identifying and assessing human (social) and ecological vulnerability impacted by increasing climate dynamics, identifying and planning strategic action to adapt to the threats posed by this vulnerability. Sectoral focus on food security, energy scarcity and sustainable development.

Projects

Climate vulnerability and adaptation in the Upper Zambezi
Valley – ‘Lyambai Vulnerability and Adaptation’ (LYVA) project

Climate Change and Agriculture in Africa

Academic

Africa and the Arab States

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Education and training

Education

Communication and awareness raising

Assesses economic impacts of climate change in Africa and determines costs and benefits of various adaptation options, to lead to databases, capacity building and knowledge exchange.

Example output
Country studies

Climate Change Capacity Development Project
(C3D)

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

South America

Small Island Developing States

Education and training

Training

Knowledge management

Training of trainers for vulnerability and adaptation, to disseminate expertise and build the capacity of governmental experts.

Example output
Trainer's Guide

Climate Change Information Resources - New York Metropolitan Region

Academic

North America

Education and training

Education

Knowledge management

Communication and awareness raising

The CCIR-NYC is a communication platform for urban policy- and decision-makers and NY residents in order to improve their capacity to respond to the impacts of climate change.

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Activities

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Education and training

Education

Knowledge management

Training

Making adaptation one of Australia's national research priorities ("flagships"), establishing a network of scientists, coordinating research and feeding into policy-making.

Commonwealth Secretariat Activities

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Education and training

Knowledge management

Helping vulnerable commonwealth states to identify ways of adapting socially and economically to the impacts of climate change. Strengthening participation in the UNFCCC, using Commonwealth networks to better coordinate adaptation, and strengthening better land-use management.

Strategy
Lake Victoria Commonwealth Climate Change Action Plan

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

Eldis - Adaptation dossier

Academic

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

South America

Asia-Pacific

Education and training

Education

Knowledge management

Summarizing current thinking on climate adaptation issues with access to relevant and up to date resources and publications sorted according to theme or region.

Example publications

 

European Commission Joint Research Centre Activities
(JRC)

Academic

Europe

Education and training

Education

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) provides scientific support for the development and monitoring of European policies in the area of regional and global climate change, in particular through the assessment of climate change impacts and policy responses.

Example Projects
PESETA Project on Climate Change Impacts in Europe

Frontier Research Centre for Global Change Activities

Academic

All regions

Education and training

Education

Developing projections and predictions about future climate change.

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.

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

 

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

 

Arctic Council Activities

Governmental

Europe

North America

Education and training

Education

Assessing the impacts of climate change in the Arctic region.

Output
ACIA Scientific Report

Asian Development Bank - Poverty and Environment Program Activities
(ADB)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Education and training

Training

Knowledge management

Helping the region’s economies enhance their resilience to climate change by assisting governments to : (i) incorporate vulnerability risks into national development strategies and actions; (ii) increase climate resilience of vulnerable sectors such as water and agriculture; (iii) ‘climate proof’ investment projects ; and (iv) address social dimensions of adaptation - in particular, poverty alleviation.

Example output
Poverty-Environment Net

United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity Activities
(CBD)

Intergovernmental

All regions

Education and training

Terrestrial ecosystems

Education

Web-based Guidance on the Integration of Biodiversity within Adaptation Planning. Gathering information and tools from a number of relevant partners.

Databases
Climate Change Database

Publications

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