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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

Siyanda on-line database on gender and development materials

Interactive on-line database of publications on gender issues in development.

Climate Change Impacts on Biodiversity in the Tropical Andes: Climate risk, vulnerability and decision making tools for the planning of conservation (IAI)

Academic

Non-Governmental

South America

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Terrestrial ecosystems

Cross-country research into climate risk for local-scale biodiversity. Development of context-specific adaptation measures.

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

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.

Government of South Africa Activities

Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Oceans and coastal areas

Education and training

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Capacity building

Education

Thematic programs on Water, Wetlands, Fire and increased agricultural productivity. Better assessment of drought and flood risk, climate adaptation R&D and improved weather reporting. Community-level projects. Adjusting national spatial planning to better protect coastlines.

Thematic Programs

Strategies
Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan for the Westerne Cape

Research & Development
Environmental Stress Tollerance Research (GMOs)

Academic Assessments
Adapting to climate, water and health stresses: insights from Sekhukhune, South Africa

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.

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

 

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

 

Climate Change Adaptation in Africa (CCAA)

Academic

Africa and the Arab States

Education and training

Capacity building

Knowledge management

Education

Improving the capacity of African countries to adapt to climate change in ways that benefit the most vulnerable and working to establish a self-sustained African body of expertise on adaptation that responds to needs defined by African communities, decision makers, and institutions.

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 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

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 to Climate Change of Wheat and Potatoes Productive Systems (IADB)

Governmental

Intergovernmental

South America

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Capacity building

Other

Facilitates selection and production of climate-resilient genotypes for local implementation with the aim of strengthening adaptive capacity in South America.

Project documents (Spanish)

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

Adapting Fishing Policy to Climate Change with the Aid of Scientific and Endogenous Knowledge (IDRC)

Non-Governmental

Small Island Developing States

Least Developed Countries

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Capacity building

Other

Platform to share scientific and indigenous knowledge across sectors, disciplines and regions with the aim of improving fishing practices and policy to reduce vulnerability to climate change.

Adaptating Fishing Policy to Climate Change

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

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

Assistance to Improve Local Agricultural Emergency Preparedness in Caribbean countries highly prone to hurricane-related disasters (FAO)

Governmental

Intergovernmental

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Other

Capacity building

Other

Provides participatory assessment and recommendations to facilitate the development of disaster preparedness measures. Conducts cross-scale cooperative evaluation highlighting best practices with a goal of building capacity and resilience.

Reports

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.

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 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

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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