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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

Preparedness for Climate Change (RCCC)

Non-Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Asia-Pacific

Caribbean and Central America

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Other

Capacity building

Other

Programme established to build climate knowledge of Red Cross societies and national governments. Integrate adaptation and disaster plans to improve preparedness and response thereby reducing vulnerability.

 

Protection of Sustainable Policy Initiatives in the Management of Natural Resources in the Hindu Kush Himalayas (ICIMOD)

Governmental

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Other

Capacity building

Platform for cross-border cooperation on natural resource management including training, technology sharing and a framework on ecosystem-based conservation and adaptation.
 

Regional Partnerships for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Preparedness (ADB)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Other

Capacity building

Technical assistance provided with the aim of building resilience to climate events through knowledge building to inform government and non-government decision-makers.

Technical Assistance Report

Scientific capacity development of trainers and policy-makers for climate change adaptation planning in Asia and the Pacific (APN)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Other

Capacity building

Other

Identifies knowledge and skills needs for trainers in the agriculture and water sectors and develop appropriate adaptation training modules.

Making a difference - Final Report

Sensitization of Parliamentarians in Kenya and Ethiopia to Climate Change (IDRC)

Governmental

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Other

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Capacity building

Provides a platform for knowledge sharing between scientists and policy makers to raise awareness of climate change and its impacts and provide policy advice.  

Activity
Training and Sensitization

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.

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

AAP: Africa Adaptation Program

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Other

Capacity building

Other

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Scientific, technical and financial knowledge and investment to enhance government capabilities to mainstream climate change adaptation into frameworks and policies.  

Projects

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

Government of the United States - U.S. Support Program to the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI)

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Other

Capacity building

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Provides scientific advice, management support and facilitates access to cross-sectoral experts in order to design sustainability goals and integrate adaptation considerations. Assists in long-term planning and conducts training for conservation managers. Designed a Coral Triangle Atlas to assist in the management of marine protected areas.

Factsheet
 

Water and Adaptation Intervention in Central and West Asia (ADB)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Other

Water resources

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Communication and awareness raising

Capacity building

Knowledge management

Other

Develops knowledge and models on potential climate change impacts in the Amu Darya and Syr Darya river basins. Conducts cross-scale risk assessments and risk management plans incorporating adaptation considerations.

Zambezi River Basin Initiative (SADC)

Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Other

Capacity building

Other

Builds capacity in local Red Cross Branches to address risk reduction, resilience and livelihood stability along the Zambezi River. 

Brochures

Government of Belgium Activities

Governmental

Europe

Oceans and coastal areas

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Water resources

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Education

Integrating adaptation into water management at sub-regional levels, including Walloon and Brussels.

Example strategies
Sigma Plan for flood protection and control

Research practices
Experiments

European Environment Agency Activities
(EEA)

Intergovernmental

Governmental

Europe

Terrestrial ecosystems

Oceans and coastal areas

Tourism

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Water resources

Education

Communication and awareness raising

Training

Assessing regional impacts of climate change, including various sectors such as water and tourism, cost-benefit analysis and continous monitoring.

Publications

 

Government of Romania Activities

Governmental

Europe

Oceans and coastal areas

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Education and training

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Integrating adaptation into agriculture, transport, forests, the built environment and coastal zones through national policy, research and action plans.

 

Adaptation to Climate Change: Responding to coastline change and its human dimensions in West Africa through Integrated Coastal (GEF)

Governmental

Intergovernmental

Small Island Developing States

Least Developed Countries

Oceans and coastal areas

Other

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Implements context-specific training and evaluation measures to increase adaptive capacity. Integrates monitoring and capacity considerations into planning processes and policies. Awareness raising activities to enhance knowledge and cooperation in climate change adaptation across scales. Develops sustainable practices to reduce ecosystem deterioration and promote livelihood resilience.                            

Project Document
Integrated Coastal Area Management in West Africa

Adaptation to the Impacts of Sea Level Rise in the Nile Delta Coastal Zone (IDRC)

Academic

Africa and the Arab States

Oceans and coastal areas

Capacity building

Other

Conducts research into adaptation strategies and their economic costs and  produces policy guidance with the aim of reducing vulnerability.  

Programs
Facing the tide: Weighing options to protect Egypt's Nile Delta coast

At the Water’s Edge: Coastal resilience in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada (The Nature Conservancy)

Non-Governmental

Small Island Developing States

Oceans and coastal areas

Capacity building

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Other

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Assists SIDS in sustainably protecting and managing coastlines vulnerable to climate change.

Capacity Building for Research and Monitoring of Marine Protected Areas: An Adaptive Mechanism for Climate Change in the Asia-Pacific Region (APN)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Oceans and coastal areas

Capacity building

Provides technical training in marine protection. Training also given in formulating monitoring and evaluation planning, data management and communications.

Report
Final Project Report

Government of United States - Climate Change in the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States

Governmental

Small Island Developing States

Oceans and coastal areas

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Other

Focusing on vulnerabilities relating to climate and water, the project provides support for policy makers to improve national regulatory frameworks. Supports national adaptation strategies in addition to awareness raising and capacity building measures. Development of monitoring and forecasting systems will strengthen information and response capabilities in water management.

OECS Newsletter 2012

Climate Change Vulnerability Evaluation of Coastal and Marine Areas (RIOCC)

Caribbean and Central America

Small Island Developing States

South America

Oceans and coastal areas

Capacity building

Communication and awareness raising

Monitoring and evaluation

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Conducts economic analysis of the impacts of climate change in South American coastal areas. Aims to develop the PIACC framework for analysis and reduction of human and environmental vulnerability to climate change.

Coastal and Marine Resources Management in the Coral Triangle of the Pacific (under the Pacific Alliance for Sustainability Program and the Coral Triangle Initiative)

Academic

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Oceans and coastal areas

Capacity building

Other

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Assesses the needs for, and designs, a plan for the implementation of integrated and ecosystem-based coastal and marine resources management.

Coastal and Marine Resources Management in the Coral Triangle: Southeast Asia (ADB)

Governmental

Intergovernmental

Non-Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Oceans and coastal areas

Capacity building

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Strengthens capacity to maintain long-term strategies in conservation and sustainable management of coastal and marine sources in the Coral Triangle.

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