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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

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.

Government of United States - Water Supply, Sanitation, and Hygiene Infrastructure Program

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Water resources

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Locates finance resources for infrastructure improvement and reform water and sanitation utilities to build efficiency, viability, security and service provision. Develops community health initiatives in line with water and sanitation programmes.

Project

National Program of Potential Water Reserves for the Environment in Mexico (CONAGUA)

Governmental

Caribbean and Central America

Water resources

Terrestrial ecosystems

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Knowledge management

Financial support

Collaborative partnership for determination and prioritization of water reserves to ensure ecosystems conservation. Provides the basis for declaration of basins as water reserves.

Publications

Water Banks in Mexico (CONAGUA)

Governmental

Caribbean and Central America

Water resources

Other

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Knowledge management

Financial support

Provides access to information for appropriate decision making, integrated free consultancy regarding transmission of rights, guidance on technical and hydrological characteristics.

Reports

Guidelines to plan actions against droughts (DOF)

Governmental

Caribbean and Central America

Water resources

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Guidelines developed to plan actions which may be developed before, during and after droughts. Actions are presented as illustrative examples and promote stakeholder participation.

Guidelines

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

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

Adapting the Framework of Forestry Policy to meet the needs of climate change in the MENA region (GIZ)

Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Terrestrial ecosystems

Other

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Provides training for related sectors to enhance understanding of the connections between the environment, climate change and poverty. Provides policy advice for decision-makers and implementers that integrates academic findings. Invests in media to raise awareness of climate change impacts.

Reports

Altering the Climate of Poverty under Climate Change: The forests of Congo Basin (IDRC and CIFOR)

Academic

Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Other

Reviews adaptation priorities and policies and ensure engagement of stakeholders in forest management. Provides monitoring, evaluation and outreach services with the aim of ensuring sustainable forest use.     

Report
Setting priorities and strategies for adaptation with the forests to climate change

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 Climate Change Resilience in Africa’s Agricultural Research Programmes (FANRPAN)

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Other

Provides policy advice for the mainstreaming of climate change considerations and strengthening institutional capacity. Facilitates development of adaptation and mitigation database, information dissemination and promotes partnership and collaboration between African organisations.

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 Australia - Climate Adaptation through Sustainable Urban Development

Academic

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Other

Collaborative partnership with CSIRO. Facilitates investigation on integrated urban water management systems with policy makers, managers and researchers. Assesses the impacts of climate change and water usage on infrastructure and resource management issues and the implications for sustainability.  

Case Studies

Climate Change and Irrigated Agriculture: Towards a better understanding of driving forces and feedbacks between decision makers and biophysical environments and their impacts on hydrological cycle and land use (IAI)

Academic

South America

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Water resources

Other

Interdisciplinary research into climatic and land use impacts in agriculture, water rights, demands and usage, and adaptive capacity of stakeholders. Projected future scenarios and anticipated potential adaptation measures.

Findings
Climate change and irrigated agriculture

Climate Change in a Living Landscape: Vulnerability and Adaptation in the Eastern Cordillera Real of Colombia, Ecuador and Peru (WWF)

Non-Governmental

South America

Terrestrial ecosystems

Other

Cross-country cooperative initiative to address ecosystem concerns and promote sustainable livelihoods. National and local objectives identified to address adaptation needs.

Vulnerability Report

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.

Climate Risk Management Technical Assistance Support Project: Phase II (IISD)

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Asia-Pacific

Caribbean and Central America

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Other

Other

An additional 20 countries added to those included in Phase I. Develops climate knowledge and scenarios and identifies risks and impacts from climate change. Facilitates research and the integration of climate science into decision-making with the aim of developing capacity to meet the challenges of climate change. 

Country Study
Dominican Republic

 

Climate Risk Management Assessment for Agriculture in Thailand and Viet Nam (ADB)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Other

Other

Assesses multi-disciplinary climate change data and  its potential to inform adaptation and mitigation strategies.

Michigan State University - CLIP project

Academic

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Other

Building on prior research this project assesses the nature and magnitude of climate and land use interactions in East Africa. Developed high resolution models based on case study data which can be upscaled to the regional level.             

Researches 

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.
 

Economics of Adaptation to Climate Change (WB)

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

South America

Other

Other

Develops global cost-estimations for climate change adaptation. Assists developing countries to assess climate risks and design national adaptation strategies.

Country Studies

Effective Adaptation Strategies and Risk Reduction towards Economic and Climatic Shocks: Lessons from the coffee crisis in Meso-America (IAI)

Academic

Non-Governmental

Private

Europe

South America

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Other

Identifies effective adaptation strategies to build resilience in livelihoods and social networks. Facilitates decision-makers-stakeholder discussions on policy.  

Publications
Policy Brief

Enhancing Adaptation to Climate Change by Integrating Climate Risk into Long-Term Development Plans and Disaster Management (APN)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Other

Other

Assesses short and medium-term impacts and responses relating to flooding events to inform on the potential for long-term adaptive capacity. Creates a platform to discuss risk with the object of its integration into investment and development plans.

Final Report
Enhancing Adaptation to Climate Change
 

Government of Switzerland - Floods from the Roof of the World: Protection thanks to applied research

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Other

Other

Creates an inventory of glaciers and glacier lakes and a monitoring system as a basis for an early warning system.

Glacial Melt and Downstream Impacts on Indus-Dependent Water Resources and Energy (ADB)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Other

Water resources

Other

Develops knowledge on climatic trends, water supplies and risk scenarios for climate change and its impacts. Information supports policy-makers in designing integrated water resource management plans. 

Reports
Technical Assistance Report for Pakistan

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