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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

Integrated Coastal Management with Special Emphasis on the Sustainable Management of Mangrove Forests in Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua (SIAGUA)

Governmental

Caribbean and Central America

Oceans and coastal areas

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Capacity building

Other

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Develops sustainable local and national integrated coastal management plans and implements demonstration projects. Prepares and presents investment proposals.

Pacific Mangroves Initiative (IUCN)

Non-Governmental

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Oceans and coastal areas

Other

Capacity building

Other

Enhances national data and climate scenario information and develops mangrove and ecosystem management tools for the implementation of management actions. Conducts awareness raising and capacity development programmes with the goal of building resilience and sustainable livelihoods.
 

Review of the Economics of Climate Change in South America (UN-CEPAL)

Intergovernmental

South America

Oceans and coastal areas

Other

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Other

Conducts an economic analysis of the impacts of climate change in South America. Provides a platform for cooperation between South American states on climate change and identifies appropriate policy responses.

CARICOM initiative - Special Program on Adaptation to Climate Change: Implementation of adaptation measures in coastal zones (SPACC)

Intergovernmental

Small Island Developing States

Oceans and coastal areas

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Other

Designs and implements pilots adaptation plans and investment measures, integrating lessons learned from previous projects, aimed at mitigating climate change impacts on biodiversity and land degradation.

The Economics of Climate Change in Central America–Phase II (UN-CEPAL)

Intergovernmental

Caribbean and Central America

Oceans and coastal areas

Other

Country-specific assessments of the economic and social costs resulting from projected physical damages if climate change adaptation measures are not adopted. Develops appropriate adaptation mechanisms and encourages a low-carbon economy.                                               

Project document
The economics of climate change

Fiji School of Medicine Activities

Academic

Small Island Developing States

Least Developed Countries

Human health

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Piloting projects to increase health sector capacity to deal with water-related adverse health impacts in Barbados, Bhutan, China, Fiji, Jordan, Kenya and Uzbekistan.

Government of France Activities

Governmental

Europe

Human health

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Water resources

Education and training

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Education

Training

Adaptation plans at national and regional level, sectoral action and improved response capacity to extreme events like heat waves. Improved research on climate change impacts and prediction.

Research Programs
National Observatory on Climate Change Impacts

Action Programs
Plan Canicule for heatwave response

World Health Organization Activities
(WHO)

Intergovernmental

All regions

Human health

Capacity building

Education

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Collaborating with countries and agencies inside and outside of the UN system, including governments and civil society to develop capacity to assess and respond to health risks from climate change. Providing close relationships to the health sector within Member States through regional and national offices. Providing a normative framework of action for national governments and for WHO to address linkages between health and climate change. Organized ten inter-regional workshops on Human Health Impacts from Climate Variability and Climate Change between 2000 and 2008, in collaboration with WMO and UNEP. Leading the health component of the MDG-Fund projects on climate change adaptation (Jordan and China). Developing, in partnership with UNDP, developing a project on Piloting Climate Change Adaptation to Protect Human Health under a changing and more variable climate. Developing a global strategy that outlines the overarching framework for the international response to protect health from climate change.

Example projects

Publications

 

An Ecosystems Approach to Managing Water and Health in the Context of Climate Change: Adaptive strategies to drought and flooding in four West African countries (CSRS)

Academic

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Human health

Water resources

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Establishes a regional platform for cooperation on climate change impacts in West Africa.

UNU - Connecting Environmental Changes, Impacts and Responses in the Mekong Delta to Human Wellbeing and Ecosystem Integrity

Academic

Intergovernmental

Caribbean and Central America

Human health

Terrestrial ecosystems

Other

Assesses the impacts of climate and environmental change on human wellbeing and ecosystem integrity.
 

Health Vulnerability and Climate Change Adaptation Assessments (WHO)

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Asia-Pacific

Caribbean and Central America

Least Developed Countries

South America

Human health

Capacity building

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Provides guidance material on conducting health vulnerability and climate change adaptation assessments.                         

Documentation

Technical Paper

 

Piloting Climate Change Adaptation to Protect Human Health (UNDP)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Africa and the Arab States

Small Island Developing States

Human health

Other

Capacity building

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Establishes climate change and health early warning systems and develops capacity of institutions to manage climate change health risks. Pilots preventive measures in health risk areas to reduce vulnerability.

Programmes for Water Safety Plans in Pacific Island Countries (SOPAC)

Intergovernmental

Academic

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Human health

Water resources

Capacity building

Develops mechanisms to improve surveillance, controls and response to environmentally sensitive communicable diseases. Designs a framework for action, and trained health workers, to protect human health from the effects of climate change.

Publications

Regional Instruments for Adaptation to Climate Change by the Health Sector (IDB)

Intergovernmental

South America

Human health

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Other

Develops regional vulnerability index and scenarios and surveillance tools for monitoring effects of  climate change on health. Designs sustainable programs to integrate health and climate concerns based on the Columbian example.    

Documents

Transferring the Malaria Epidemic Prediction Model to Users in East Africa (IDRC)

Academic

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Africa and the Arab States

Human health

Other

Capacity building

Other

Refines the climate-based prediction model to include site-specific factors and upscale its use in East Africa to allow for early warning of epidemics. Additional research regarding non-biophysical factors influencing the disease is also conducted.

Kenya Profile

United Nations Development Programme Activities (UNDP)

Intergovernmental

All regions

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Education and training

Training

Communication and awareness raising

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Education

Providing guidance on integrating adaptation into UN programming, national development planning and providing an adaptation learning mechanism. Focussing on climate risk “hot spots” to enable climate-resilient development built upon a goal of pro-poor and pro-growth adaptation that supports sustainable economic development and livelihoods. Reducing climate vulnerabilities and improving adaptive capacity.

Outputs

Example Publications
UNDP Human Development Report 2007/2008 - full report

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Activities
(FAO)

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

South America

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Education and training

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Education

Generating an information base for action (for example, data and statistics, analytical tools and models; crop forecasting and impact monitoring; information on risks related to climate variability and climate change)

Building national and local capacities for disaster risk management, reduction, and transfer with regard to extreme climate events

Working with sectoral ministries, communities and farmers to identify adaptation options which build on assessment and sustainable management of resources

Supporting linkages among global policy decisions on climate change in the context of the UNFCCC, sectoral policies, strategies and programmes relating to agriculture, forestry, fisheries (for example including mainstreaming into National Programmes for Food Security) and local adaptation action at community level (e.g. combining climate risk management and resilience building of livelihoods and ecosystems, supported by sectoral line ministries through research, extension and communication for development).

Action Pledges
Six action pledges to the Nairobi Work Programme

Strategies
Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in the Food and Agriculture Sector
Climate Change & Food Security: a Framework Document

Government of Germany Activities

Governmental

Europe

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Terrestrial ecosystems

Oceans and coastal areas

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Education

Knowledge management

Generating additional knowledge on climate change adaptation at regional and national levels, better coastal zone management, protecting biodiversity, disaster preparedness and improving spatial planning.

Strategies


National Assessment

High-Resolution Impact Study

Regional Impact studies

 

Government of Portugal Activities

Governmental

Europe

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Raising heat wave preparedness through the national health and emergency services, integrating adaptation into water and river basin mangement plans. Coastal zone management "priorities". National Plan for protection of forests against wild fires.

Practical Action Activities

Non-Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

South America

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Water resources

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Engaging into practical action at community level to assist very vulnerable people in adaptation.

Additional UNFCCC resources
Local Coping Strategies Database

Example projects

 

Catholic Agency for Overseas Development Activities
(CAFOD)

Non-Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Asia-Pacific

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Community-based adaptation projects.

Example projects

 

Adaptation for Smallholders to Climate Change (AdapCC)

Private

Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Caribbean and Central America

Least Developed Countries

South America

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Business

Capacity building

Other

Facilitates the integration of adaptation strategies into small scale tea and coffee production. Provides practical training, knowledge sharing and partnership development with the goal of diversifying income, building resilience and promoting ecosystem sustainability.

Reports

Adaptation Learning Programme (CARE: PECCN)

Non-Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Other

Capacity building

Other

Provides context-based, community-owned adaptation strategies. Integrates local and scientific climate knowledge into adaptation strategies. Develops civil society partnerships to include marginalised groups.

Reports

Adaptation of Land Use to Climate Change in Sub-Saharan Africa (ALUCSSA)

Academic

Least Developed Countries

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Other

Develops projections of climate change scenarios for Sub-Saharan Africa and evaluates impact to land systems. Assesses sustainability of land-based livelihood practices and provides practical adaptation recommendations.

Adaptation to Climate Change in the Hindu Kush Himalayas and Central Asia

Academic

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Other

Identified adaptation needs through a feasibility study. Facilitates the development of cross-boundary cooperation with a view to assessing climate change impacts.

Project
Too Much-Too Little Water

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