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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

World Agroforestry Centre Activities

Non-Governmental

All regions

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Knowledge management

Training

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Education

Communication and awareness raising

Steering agroforestry from capacity-building and knowledge exchange through to implementation at national and community levels.

Example projects

 

Small Island Developing States Network
(SIDSNet)

Intergovernmental

Small Island Developing States

Education and training

Knowledge management

Sharing of best practice and expertise.

Reports

National and Regional Assessment Reports of the Small Island Developing States

 

Science and Policy Interfaces for Disaster Reduction
(SPIDER Network)

Academic

Europe

Education and training

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Knowledge management

Exploring the interface between physical and social science approaches to managing disaster risk and uncertainty by forging interdisciplinary collaborative partnerships.

Example publication
Making Maps to Reduce Vulnerability: does it really work?

United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification Activities
(UNCCD)

Intergovernmental

All regions

Education and training

Water resources

Knowledge management

Education

Communication and awareness raising

Combatting desertification through regional and national action programs.

Example events

CRIC7 on Climate and Land

Presentation
How Land can make a difference (to climate)

weADAPT Collaborating group on climate adaptation

Non-Governmental

All regions

Education and training

Knowledge management

Engaging adaptation professionals into developing a common knowledge base for adaptation.

World Wildlife Fund International Activities
(WWF)

Non-Governmental

All regions

Education and training

Water resources

Knowledge management

Training

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Developing and implementing resistance projects with stakeholder groups, including local communities, national, regional and local government agencies, WWF national organisations and other local conservation and research groups (universities, climate institutes, ecologists, conservation biologists, hydrologists and others).

Example publications


Case Studies and Publications

 

Iberoamerican Network of Climate Change Bureaus
(RIOCC)

Intergovernmental

South America

Education and training

Knowledge management

Education

Training

Contributing a regional cooperative structure to the Nairobi Work Programme, as well as adressing needs in the following NWP areas of work: Methods and Tools; Data and Observations; Climate modelling, scenarios and downscaling; Climate related risks and extreme events; Adaptation planning and practices.

Contributions to the UNFCCC
Action Pledges

United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean Activities
(ECLAC)

Intergovernmental

South America

Education and training

Knowledge management

Financial support

Developing approaches to evaluate the economic and social impacts of climate change, complemented with the analysis of its environmental impacts. Facilitating the assessment of the overall consequences of climate change for sustainable development, particularly from a regional perspective. Facilitating regional dialogues to promote greater awareness and innovative development policy options to respond to the climate change challenges, including ensuring appropriate financing sources in a manner consistent with a low-carbon, energy-efficient future.

 

 

Global Climate Change Alliance

Intergovernmental

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Other

Knowledge management

Other

Provides a dialogue platform for the EU and developing countries on climate change. Initiates cooperative actions for the implementation of adaptation and mitigation objectives into development policies.

Publications

URAdapt - Managing Water in the Rural–Urban Interface: the key to climate change resilient cities

Academic

Non-Governmental

Water resources

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Knowledge management

Other

Develops hydrological scenarios, including impacts on planning and under changing conditions to advise decision-making. Engages stakeholders to exchange knowledge on climate-resilient cities.   

Publication:
Looking upstream and down: Addressing climate change impacts in Accra and Addis Ababa
 

Modernization Program of the National Meteorological Service (MoMet) (SMN)

Intergovernmental

Governmental

Caribbean and Central America

Water resources

Knowledge management

Financial support

Other

The World Bank-funded programme has been based on an institutional diagnosis and proposed strategic plan for the national meteorological service carried out by the WMO aimed at modernization over a 6-year period.

Rainfed Infrastructure Program K132, with Hydrological-Environmental Watershed Restoration and Water Management and Soil Preservation (CONAGUA)

Governmental

Caribbean and Central America

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Knowledge management

Other

Series of infrastructure measures as adaptation to high-intensity hydro-meteorological phenomena expected to occur with greater frequency in the basins of Mexico’s humid tropics. 

Statistical Regionalization of CMIP5 models for Mexico

Governmental

Caribbean and Central America

Water resources

Knowledge management

Obtains projections for temperature and precipitation change through implementation of a method known as Reliability Ensemble Averaging and inclusion of the range of uncertainty in the new models of the IPCC.

Advancing Capacity to Support Climate Change Adaptation
(ACCCA Project)

Academic

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Education and training

Financial support

Drawing on lessons learned on communicating climate risk information to decision-makers. Informing effective decision-making on reducing vulnerability through a series of pilot projects funded through the project.

Outputs
Pilot Actions Database

 

African Development Bank Activities
(AFDB)

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Education and training

Financial support

Training

Designing climate risk and adaptation interventions, funding and co-funding adaptation projects, and conducting in-house training and awareness raising. Joint coordination (with AUC, GCOS and ECA) of the Action Plan for Africa on Climate Information for Development Needs.

Example Projects
Malawi Climate Adaptation for Rural Livelihoods and Agriculture

Strategies
Climate Information for Development Needs: An Action Plan for Africa (ClimDev Africa)
See also GCOS ClimDev Africa webpage

 

 

Asian Development Bank Project search
(ADB)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Education and training

Financial support

Technical advice, knowledge and funding for environmentally sustainable growth, in particular in building resilience to natural hazards amongst the region's poor.

Publications

Inter-American Development Bank Activities
(IDB)

Intergovernmental

South America

Other

Financial support

Financing, leverage, policy advice, research, and technical assistance to carry out development projects in 26 countries of the Latin America and the Caribbean region. New multidonor trust fund to finance technical assistance and grant investments for disaster prevention and risk management in its borrowing countries in Latin America and the Caribbean

Example publications
Developing and Supporting the Use of Disaster-Linked Financial Instruments: The Role of the IDB in Latin America and the Caribbean

Projects
Project Gateway

Government of Latvia Activities

Governmental

Europe

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Financial support

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Education

Financing environmental protection investments, integrating adaptation into health, agriculture and national security conceptions, at all government levels including local. Hyrdological and metereological information and assessment.

Funding

 

United Nations University and Government of Japan, Global Environment Information Centre Funding Database for Asia-Pacific

Intergovernmental

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Other

Financial support

Funding opportunities in Asia-Pacific region.

World Bank's Project Portfolio

Intergovernmental

All regions

Other

Financial support

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Database on World Bank lending projects since 1947, including adaptation.

Rockefeller Foundation Activities

Non-Governmental

Asia-Pacific

North America

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Financial support

Knowledge management

Training

Communication and awareness raising

Creating robust action models of climate change resilience for poor and vulnerable people; Funding, promoting, and disseminating those models; Increasing pressure on funders, practitioners, and policy-makers to support increased funding and action for climate change resilience for poor and vulnerable people.

Projects

Global Environment Facility Project Database
(GEF)

Intergovernmental

All regions

Other

Financial support

Database of projects financed by GEF in different areas, including adaptation.

Studies on funding for water-based climate change mitigation and adaptation

Governmental

Intergovernmental

Caribbean and Central America

Water resources

Financial support

The two studies  provide technical assistance, capacity development and technology transfer to strengthen and consolidate actions implemented within the framework of the Mexican water sector’s planning and funding to favour the development of the water sector. Develop actions diagnosis and improvement of the Water Financing System and identify sources of funding.

National Implementing Entity of the Climate Change Adaptation Fund in Mexico (ENI Mexico)

Governmental

Intergovernmental

Caribbean and Central America

Water resources

Financial support

A mechanism to finance concrete climate change adaptation projects and programs in vulnerable areas.

Water Funds (FEMSA Foundation; TNC; Inter-American Development Bank)

Governmental

Intergovernmental

Non-Governmental

Private

Caribbean and Central America

Water resources

Financial support

Capacity building

Knowledge management

Innovative mechanism of large-scale conservation based on the payment for environmental services in which the investments of downstream users are used to preserve water source with the aim to create and capitalize at least 32 funds in Latin American and Caribbean countries.

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