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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

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 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

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

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

 

Government of Hungary Activities

Governmental

Europe

Water resources

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Disseminating information on adaptation practice and adjusting river basin management to climate.

Example projects

Government of Ireland Activities

Governmental

Europe

Water resources

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Inter-basin water transfer from Lough Ree on the Shannon to Dublin City.

Strategy


Government of Italy Activities

Governmental

Europe

Water resources

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Action on adaptation in combatting desertification, alpine protection, agriculture, coastal protection and human health. National and local action plans. Heat Health Watch Warning System (HHWWS). Heat-Health Action Plan

Academic Assessment
Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Strategies in Italy: An Economic Assessment

Action Plans
National Action Plan to Combat Desertification and Drought

Projects

Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development

Non-Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Terrestrial ecosystems

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Builds on local initiatives to capitalize on renewable natural ressources to improve sustainable livelihoods.

Example project
Adaptation to Climate Change and Human Health under the CLACC Project

Government of Malta Activities

Governmental

Europe

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Adaptation in the water sector (coastal zones) and development of new water management technologies.

Example projects

 

Government of New Zealand Activities

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Financial support

Partnerships with key sectors for water and coastal issues, biodiversity, maintaining public infrastructure (such as transport, telecommunications and energy supply), and primary production (ie, agriculture, including fostering appropriate land-use development and planning). Supporting and encouraging industries and communities in vulnerable sectors and regions to engage in early planning. Integrating adaptation into Flood Risk Management and the Sustainable Water Programme.

Climate Change Strategy
New Zealand's Climate Change Solutions, including adaptation

Sectoral Assessments and Strategies


Regional Assessments by indicator

Example projects

Tools

 

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.

 

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 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

 

Government of the United Kingdom Activities

Governmental

Europe

Education and training

Water resources

Oceans and coastal areas

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Education

Communication and awareness raising

Training

Increasing evidence base about impacts and consequences, raising awareness in public and private sector, developing pilot projects and integrating adaptation into all levels of government.

Strategies


Projects


Research Database

 

Government of the United States Activities

Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

North America

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Education and training

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Financial support

Education

Integrating climate information into disaster relief management, training developing countries in climate adaption in the farming sector, reducing pacific island vulnerability to climate change, increasing knowledge on climate impacts and adaptation at regional level (Alaska, California, the Carolinas and others). Providing NASA observations to development planning through SERVIR. Thematic and sectoral programs at national level.

Example Projects

Research Publications

 

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

 

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.

World Resources Institute - Vulnerability & Adaptation database

Non-Governmental

All regions

Education and training

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

135 examples of adaptation projects sorted according to various geographical and procedural criteria.

Synthesis publication
Weathering the Storm: Options for Framing Adaptation and Development

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

 

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.

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

 

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

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

Pilot Projects on Uses of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture to put Strategic Plans into Action to Promote Sustainable Use and Management of Land for Adaptation to Climate Variability (FAO) 

Intergovernmental

Least Developed Countries

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Other

Implements pilot projects with farmers to enhance food productivity and livelihood stability. Builds capacity of farmers to maintain measures through training in technologies to reduce their vulnerability.

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