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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

United Nations Environment Programme Activities
(UNEP)

Intergovernmental

All regions

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Terrestrial ecosystems

Oceans and coastal areas

Water resources

Communication and awareness raising

Training

Building key adaptive capacity of the developing world, increasing ecosystem resilience and reducing the risk of climate-related disasters and conflicts, and mobilizing and managing knowledge for adaptation policy and planning.

Strategies
Proposed Medium-term Strategy 2010–2013

Workshops and Meetings


NAPA support
Worksheets and Technical Notes for Preparation of National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPA)

Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean Activities
(CATHALAC)

 

Academic

South America

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Water resources

Education

Training

Communication and awareness raising

Training and education on regional water management.

Example outputs
PortalGIS: Mesoamerica and the Caribbean

World Conservation Union Activities
(IUCN)

Non-Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Water resources

Terrestrial ecosystems

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Building the capacity of natural ecosystems to adapt to climate change (coral reefs, river basins).

Example publication

 

World Food Programme Activities
(WFP)

Intergovernmental

All regions

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Capacity building

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Enabling development, saving lives in refugee crises and other emergencies, improving nutrition and quality of life of world's most vulnerable people. Assisting governments in putting in place and in strengthening early-warning and emergency preparedness systems at the national and regional level.

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


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

 

United Nations Development Programme - Water Governance Programme

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Water resources

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Education

Communication and awareness raising

Supporting regional and global cooperation on shared water resources and assisting countries’ efforts to implement water governance reforms to improve development and management of water resources and water supply and sanitation service delivery.  Assisting countries and regional bodies to assess and anticipate climate change impacts and vulnerabilities, including applying methodologies and decision-support tools for systematically understanding the socio-economic and human development implications of climate change. Providing direct support to the development and implementation of, inter alia, pro-active adaptation policies, and supporting mainstreaming of climate change adaptation in national and regional development frameworks and instruments.

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Activities
(UN-OCHA)

Intergovernmental

All regions

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Human health

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Education and training

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Drafted an action plan designed to improve organisational capacity to prepare and respond on the humanitarian implications of climate change, building on OCHA's global commitment to improve early warning and preparedness for response in line with the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA). Integrating climate change risk analysis into preparedness and contingency planning exercises. Pilot activities on 10-15 higher risk countries with the goal of providing measurable increases in national preparedness capacity.

CARE International Activities

Non-Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Asia-Pacific

Small Island Developing States

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Communication and awareness raising

Developing community-level methodologies and concrete action, developing and applying a Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment tool (CVCA) and adressing key priorities in making livelihoods sustainable, reducing disaster risk, strengthening local capacity and supporting social mobilization and advocacy. Making seperate assessments for female and male needs.

Strategies
CARE’s Approach to Adaptation: Prioritising People and Community-based Action

Additional UNFCCC resources
Local Coping Strategies Database

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

Caribbean Water Monitor: Small island states, water resources and climate change (CIMH)

Academic

Governmental

Small Island Developing States

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Water resources

Other

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Development of an internet-based tool monitoring water resources including drought and excessive rainfall data. Provides training, capacity building and knowledge exchange opportunities to enhance decision-making.

Barbados and Trinidad Project Features

Government of Germany - Climate Change Scenarios for the Congo Basin

Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Other

Development of climate scenarios and analysis on climate impacts on natural resources via the scenarios. Conducts analysis of the impact of climate change on socio-economic and ecological development. Supports the development and implementation national laws and local protection measures.

Australian Government - Pacific Islands Climate Prediction Project

Academic

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Capacity building

Other

Develops and installs PC-based climate prediction software and provides training to National Meteorological Services and their clients.  

Seasonal Climate Outlooks in Pacific Island Countries (SCOPIC)  

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

United Nations University and Government of Japan, Global Environment Information Centre Funding Database for Asia-Pacific

Intergovernmental

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Other

Financial support

Funding opportunities in Asia-Pacific region.

World Bank's Project Portfolio

Intergovernmental

All regions

Other

Financial support

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Database on World Bank lending projects since 1947, including adaptation.

Global Environment Facility Project Database
(GEF)

Intergovernmental

All regions

Other

Financial support

Database of projects financed by GEF in different areas, including adaptation.

Adaptation Knowledge Platform (Asia Region)

Academic

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Other

Capacity building

Other

Collaborative partnership that supports research and capacity building across Asia. Facilitates inter-disciplinary knowledge exchange to develop knowledge of climate change across scales and assist policy makers.

Publications

Advancing Capacity for Climate Change Adaptation (ACCCA)

Academic

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Asia-Pacific

Other

Capacity building

Other

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Raises awareness of climate change impacts amongst stakeholders. Providing sectoral training enhance knowledge and develop a risk communication process. Assesses vulnerability and develop suitable adaptation measures in a participatory manner.

Actions

Government of United States - ADAPT

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Other

Capacity building

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Provides advice and support for decision-makers to enhance implementation of environmental laws and policies. Invests in climate-smart food security actions to build resilience. Supports community-based adaptation projects enhancing knowledge, natural resource management and addresses vulnerability reduction.

Factsheet
Accessing Climate Change and Resilience Funds for Asia-Pacific

Asia-Pacific Community-based Adaptation Small Grants Program

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Other

Other

Provides funding for community-based projects aimed at building resilience to climate change. Establishes a platform for knowledge sharing and collaboration.

Building Capacity to Adapt to Climate Change for Selected Southeast Asian Countries: Vulnerability assessment and economic analysis of adaptation (IDRC)

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Other

Capacity building

Other

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Maps and analyses vulnerabilities and designs appropriate adaptation strategies allowing for climate change to be mainstreamed.

Government of United States - Building Climate Resilience of Mekong Hydropower Dams

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Other

Capacity building

Joint initiative with the Lower Mekong Initiative to build capacity to integrate adaptation measures into planning and building processes. Development of modeling and analytical tools. Encourage cross sectoral partnerships and knowledge sharing.

Additional Information
Managing Sediment, Climate Change in Mekong Basin Dams

Capacity Development for Policy Makers: Addressing climate change in key sectors (UNDP)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Caribbean and Central America

South America

Other

Capacity building

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Raises awareness of climate change and its impacts at a national level. Facilitates understanding of need for adaptation. Identifies investment and financial capacities for implementing climate related measures. 

CapaSIDS: Capacity Building and Knowledge on Sustainable Responses to Climate Change in Small Island States (IDRC)

Governmental

Small Island Developing States

Other

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Capacity building

Other

Creates socio-economic and climate change scenarios to inform long-term planning and decision-making in coastal zones with a view to incorporating and mainstreaming adaptation strategies. Training is provided to urban developers on incorporating chosen adapation measures into plans.

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