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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

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

 

Adapting the Framework of Forestry Policy to meet the needs of climate change in the MENA region (GIZ)

Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Terrestrial ecosystems

Other

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Provides training for related sectors to enhance understanding of the connections between the environment, climate change and poverty. Provides policy advice for decision-makers and implementers that integrates academic findings. Invests in media to raise awareness of climate change impacts.

Reports

Climate Change in a Living Landscape: Vulnerability and Adaptation in the Eastern Cordillera Real of Colombia, Ecuador and Peru (WWF)

Non-Governmental

South America

Terrestrial ecosystems

Other

Cross-country cooperative initiative to address ecosystem concerns and promote sustainable livelihoods. National and local objectives identified to address adaptation needs.

Vulnerability Report

Evolution of Protected Area Systems with Regard to Climatic, Institutional, Social, and Economic Conditions in the West Africa Region (UNEP)

Intergovernmental

Non-Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Terrestrial ecosystems

Capacity building

Expands knowledge tools at national and regional levels to improve protected area management. Facilitates transboundary cooperation to ensure sustainability.

AIRD lágence - Interdisciplinary and Participative Research on Interactions between Ecosystems, Climate and Societies in West Africa

Academic

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Terrestrial ecosystems

Other

Builds scientific capacity of African researchers to explore an interdisciplinary approach to development research. Facilitates networking between stakeholders engaged in climate change.  

Projects (French):

Regional Science Service Centre for Adaptation to Climate Change and Sustainable Land Management in Southern Africa (SASSCAL)

Academic

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Terrestrial ecosystems

Capacity building

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Other

Regional initiative to improve science-based decision-making capacity in response to climate change and sustainable land use concerns.

Documents

Government of Australia Activities

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Terrestrial ecosystems

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Water resources

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Financial support

Education

Increasing scientific knowledge of climate change impacts at regional and national level, enhancing adaptation through national policies, disaster risk reduction work and partnerships with the private sector. Concrete adaptation action in the agricultural sector, human settlements, coastal zones, biodiversity and health.

Climate Knowledge at the Regional Level (Pacific)


National and Sub-national Strategies

Public-Private Partnership
Climate Change Impacts and Risk Management: A Guide for Business and Government

Sectoral Action

Advancing Capacity to Support Climate Change Adaptation
(ACCCA Project)

Academic

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Education and training

Financial support

Drawing on lessons learned on communicating climate risk information to decision-makers. Informing effective decision-making on reducing vulnerability through a series of pilot projects funded through the project.

Outputs
Pilot Actions Database

 

ESPACE project

Governmental

Europe

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Water resources

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Integrating adaptation into spatial planning with a focus on water management, faciliating the exchange of knowledge between the project partners through workshops.

Online ressources
ESPACE library

Energy and Resource Institute Activities
(TERI)

Academic

Non-Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Education

Communication and awareness raising

Conducting assessments of vulnerability and sharing these with local communities through an "Information Sharing System".

Example publications
Adaptation to Climate Change in the context of Sustainable Development

Government of Finland Activities

Governmental

Europe

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Water resources

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Education

Implementing adaptation as part of the National Adaptation Strategy in the Water Sector (better water management and increased dam discharge capacity), agriculture, transport and forestry with a long-term view of integrating adaptation into all national planning.

Research Programs
Climate Change Adaptation Research Program ISTO

From Risk to Resilience Program

Academic

Non-Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Identifying and evaluating (in terms of costs and benefits) disaster risk reduction actions in Pakistan, Nepal and India.

Example field studies

 

Google.org: Predict and Prevent

Private

All regions

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Education

Financial support

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Identifying future disaster hot spots and enabling a rapid response in sub-Sahara Africa and Southeast Asia.

Further documents
Initiative Brief

Financing
Grants and Investments

Outputs
Google Earth: Climate Change in our World

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.

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:

 

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

Munich Climate Insurance Initiative

Private

Non-Governmental

All regions

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Education and training

Education

Knowledge management

Develops insurance-related solutions to climate change impacts and pilot-projects to implement these solutions.

Publications

Submissions to the AWG-LCA
Insurance Instruments for Adapting to Climate Risks - A proposal for the Bali Action Plan


Wetlands International Activities

Non-Governmental

All regions

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Water resources

Education

Integrating wetlands conservation and restoration into adaptation.

Sample leaflet
Understanding linkages between mangrove forests and livelihoods

World Agroforestry Centre Activities

Non-Governmental

All regions

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Knowledge management

Training

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Education

Communication and awareness raising

Steering agroforestry from capacity-building and knowledge exchange through to implementation at national and community levels.

Example projects

 

ProVentium Consortium Activities

Non-Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

South America

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Education

Training

Knowledge management

Integrating disaster risk reduction into development planning and financing as part of the Hyogo Framework for Action.

Example outputs

 

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.

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

 

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

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

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Activities
(UNECA)

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Communication and awareness raising

Mainstreaming climate change into development policy, strategies and programmes; conference on reviewing NAPAs.

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