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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

Water Banks in Mexico (CONAGUA)

Governmental

Caribbean and Central America

Water resources

Other

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Knowledge management

Financial support

Provides access to information for appropriate decision making, integrated free consultancy regarding transmission of rights, guidance on technical and hydrological characteristics.

Reports

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

Protection of Population Centers Program (CONAGUA)

Governmental

Caribbean and Central America

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Aims to prevent risk and respond to the effects caused by floods in population centers through feasibility studies and construction of infrastructure.

Regional Policy Dialog (RPD) on Water and Climate Change Adaptation in the Americas (RDP)

Intergovernmental

Governmental

Non-Governmental

Academic

Private

North America

South America

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Capacity building

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Financial support

Multi-stakeholder platform that enhances water-based climate change adaptation by formulating policy recommendations, drawing up of inventory of water and climate change adaptaton actions, organization of events.

Presentations

Dialogs for Water and Climate Change (D4WCC) (CONAGUA)

Intergovernmental

Governmental

Non-Governmental

Academic

Private

All regions

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Multilateral partnership aiming to raise awareness of the importance of water resources management for climate change adaptation and provide platform for knowledge sharing and generating common understanding.

Output

Project to Strengthen Integrated Water Resources Management in Mexico (PREMIA) (CONAGUA; WMO)

Governmental

Intergovernmental

Caribbean and Central America

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Knowledge management

Collaborative implementation of activities in thematic areas for Integrated Water Resource Management and for climate change  adaptation of the water sector through technical and financial support. Further continuation of actions aiming institutional strengthening, capacity development, development of products and services for water sector adaptation. 

Documents

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.

Atlas of Water Vulnerability to Climate Change in Mexico (IMTA)

Governmental

Caribbean and Central America

Water resources

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Evaluates the impact of climate change in six main sectors based on the generation of climate scenarios allowing the effects of climate change on the national territory to be analysed and appreciated with great precision. Pinpointing where the availability of water resources would be reduced and to what extent.

Presentation

Modernization Program of the National Meteorological Service (MoMet) (SMN)

Intergovernmental

Governmental

Caribbean and Central America

Water resources

Knowledge management

Financial support

Other

The World Bank-funded programme has been based on an institutional diagnosis and proposed strategic plan for the national meteorological service carried out by the WMO aimed at modernization over a 6-year period.

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.

National Implementing Entity of the Climate Change Adaptation Fund in Mexico (ENI Mexico)

Governmental

Intergovernmental

Caribbean and Central America

Water resources

Financial support

A mechanism to finance concrete climate change adaptation projects and programs in vulnerable areas.

Water Funds (FEMSA Foundation; TNC; Inter-American Development Bank)

Governmental

Intergovernmental

Non-Governmental

Private

Caribbean and Central America

Water resources

Financial support

Capacity building

Knowledge management

Innovative mechanism of large-scale conservation based on the payment for environmental services in which the investments of downstream users are used to preserve water source with the aim to create and capitalize at least 32 funds in Latin American and Caribbean countries.

Rainfed Infrastructure Program K132, with Hydrological-Environmental Watershed Restoration and Water Management and Soil Preservation (CONAGUA)

Governmental

Caribbean and Central America

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Knowledge management

Other

Series of infrastructure measures as adaptation to high-intensity hydro-meteorological phenomena expected to occur with greater frequency in the basins of Mexico’s humid tropics. 

Construction of the Eastern Drainage Tunnel (CONAGUA)

Governmental

Caribbean and Central America

Water resources

Other

Allows the deficit in the rainwater evacuation capacity to be complemented during rainfall, as well as the alternate maintenance of the deep drainage during the dry season.

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.

Rockefeller Foundation Activities

Non-Governmental

Asia-Pacific

North America

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Financial support

Knowledge management

Training

Communication and awareness raising

Creating robust action models of climate change resilience for poor and vulnerable people; Funding, promoting, and disseminating those models; Increasing pressure on funders, practitioners, and policy-makers to support increased funding and action for climate change resilience for poor and vulnerable people.

Projects

Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (Rockefeller Foundation)

Non-Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Capacity building

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Other

Conducts learning and capacity exchange to address multi-sector impacts of climate change. Assesses and develops resilience planning and adaptation methods to reduce vulnerability.

Projects
Urban Climate Change Resilience

Documents

UN-HABITAT - Cities and Climate Change Initiative (CCCI)

Governmental

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

South America

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Capacity building

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Cross-scale education in climate change impacts and development of adaptive measures. Disseminates information, replicates and up-scales actions amongst network partners. Supports measures to mainstream capacity-building actions across scale and sectors.

UN-HABITAT - Cities and Climate Change Initiative Asia Pacific

Governmental

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Capacity building

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Other

Supports the integration of climate information into national and city policies and develop action plans. Develops awareness, knowledge exchange and capacity building strategies on local, national and continental levels.

Asia-Pacific Regional Strategy

Country Activities

Cities in Asia Develop Climate Change Adaptation Plans (ICLEI)

Academic

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Capacity building

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Develops awareness and knowledge on adaptation and the capacity to act. Facilitates long-term collaborative actions between academics and decision-makers to establish local impacts of climate change and project future scenarios. Develops decision-making aids for adaptation strategies.

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

Enhancing Adaptation to Climate Change by Integrating Climate Risk into Long-Term Development Plans and Disaster Management (APN)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Other

Other

Assesses short and medium-term impacts and responses relating to flooding events to inform on the potential for long-term adaptive capacity. Creates a platform to discuss risk with the object of its integration into investment and development plans.

Final Report
Enhancing Adaptation to Climate Change
 

Five-City Network to Pioneer Climate Change Adaptation in sub-Saharan Africa (IDRC)

Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Capacity building

Other

Informs on community-based best practice in adaptation to facilitate urban adaptation strategies and planning.

European Commission Activities
(EC)

Intergovernmental

Governmental

Europe

Least Developed Countries

Africa and the Arab States

Small Island Developing States

Terrestrial ecosystems

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Water resources

Knowledge management

Financial support

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Education

Integrating adaptation into existing community policies, funding instruments and research and expanding the knowledge base on adaptation, as well as integrating European society into future adaptation actions.

Strategy
Green Paper on Adaptation in Europe

Open Consultation
EU Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction in Developing Countries

Example legislation

Example activities

Funding
Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA)

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

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