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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

Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre

Governmental

Europe

North America

Education and training

Oceans and coastal areas

Water resources

Education

Training

Produces expertly-trained adaptation scientists and broadens the knowledge base on Antarctica and Southern Ocean variability.

Example publication
Bioregionalisation of the Southern Ocean: Report of Experts Workshop

Projects
Climate Futures

Assessment of Impacts and Adaptations to Climate Change in Multiple Regions and Sectors
(AIACC)

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Asia-Pacific

Small Island Developing States

Least Developed Countries

South America

Education and training

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Water resources

Education

Communication and awareness raising

Training

Financial support

Advances scientific capacity in developing countries to assess and effectively communicate knowledge of vulnerabilities for adaptation planning and action. To this end, vulnerbability assessments of regional and sectoral scope are developed.

Example publication

 

 

Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies Activities
(BCAS)

Academic

Asia-Pacific

Education and training

Education

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Advancing knowledge on sustainable development and adaptation and implementing concrete action.

Example projects

 

Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center Activities
(CATIE)

Academic

South America

Education and training

Education

Promoting sustainable agriculture and management of natural resources through training, education, library services and publications.

Outputs
Virtual Library

 

Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment Activities
(CSERGE)

Academic

All regions

Education and training

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Education

Interdisciplinary research in sustainable development and environment to inform UK and European decision-making and adaptation actions, with emerging focus on water issues.

Publications

Global Change System for Analysis, Research and Training Activities
(START)

Non-Governmental

All regions

Education and training

Education

Knowledge management

Creating and maintaining a network of scientists from developing countries providing regional impact and vulnerability assessments to policy-makers.

Projects:

 

Global Climate Observing System Secretariat Activities
(GCOS)

Academic

All regions

Education and training

Education

Knowledge management

Monitoring the climate system; detecting and attributing climate change; assessing impacts of, and supporting adaptation to, climate variability and change; Application to national economic development; Research to improve understanding, modelling and prediction of the climate system.

Example project:
Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev Africa)

Action undertaken in support of the UNFCCC
GCOS Implementation Plan

Pacific Regional Environment Programme Activities (SPREP)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Education and training

Education

Training

Providing strengthened metereological services, contributing to a better understanding of impacts, developing adaptative measures and developing further policy on adaptation.

Frameworks and Guidance

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research Activities
(PIK)

Academic

Europe

Education and training

Education

Communication and awareness raising

Integrating assessments of climate impacts at regional and global level with the analysis of economic and social systems in order to identify vulnerability (including sectoral analysis).

Example research domains

Climate Change Information Resources - New York Metropolitan Region

Academic

North America

Education and training

Education

Knowledge management

Communication and awareness raising

The CCIR-NYC is a communication platform for urban policy- and decision-makers and NY residents in order to improve their capacity to respond to the impacts of climate change.

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Activities

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Education and training

Education

Knowledge management

Training

Making adaptation one of Australia's national research priorities ("flagships"), establishing a network of scientists, coordinating research and feeding into policy-making.

Eldis - Adaptation dossier

Academic

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

South America

Asia-Pacific

Education and training

Education

Knowledge management

Summarizing current thinking on climate adaptation issues with access to relevant and up to date resources and publications sorted according to theme or region.

Example publications

 

Energy and Resource Institute Activities
(TERI)

Academic

Non-Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Education

Communication and awareness raising

Conducting assessments of vulnerability and sharing these with local communities through an "Information Sharing System".

Example publications
Adaptation to Climate Change in the context of Sustainable Development

European Commission Joint Research Centre Activities
(JRC)

Academic

Europe

Education and training

Education

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) provides scientific support for the development and monitoring of European policies in the area of regional and global climate change, in particular through the assessment of climate change impacts and policy responses.

Example Projects
PESETA Project on Climate Change Impacts in Europe

Frontier Research Centre for Global Change Activities

Academic

All regions

Education and training

Education

Developing projections and predictions about future climate change.

Global Change Impact Studies Centre Activities

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Education and training

Education

Training

Training researchers to participate in global climate science and providing impact assessments for Pakistan.

Google.org: Predict and Prevent

Private

All regions

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Education

Financial support

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Identifying future disaster hot spots and enabling a rapid response in sub-Sahara Africa and Southeast Asia.

Further documents
Initiative Brief

Financing
Grants and Investments

Outputs
Google Earth: Climate Change in our World

International Research Institute for Climate and Society Activities
(IRI)

Academic

Africa and the Arab States

Asia-Pacific

Small Island Developing States

Least Developed Countries

Education and training

Education

Communication and awareness raising

Providing climate monitoring, climate forecasts, IRI seasonal climate forecasts, numerical climate prediction tools, forecast methodologies, research and software tools in order to enable effective adaptation decision-making within specific sectors.

Projects


Publications

 

Arctic Council Activities

Governmental

Europe

North America

Education and training

Education

Assessing the impacts of climate change in the Arctic region.

Output
ACIA Scientific Report

United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity Activities
(CBD)

Intergovernmental

All regions

Education and training

Terrestrial ecosystems

Education

Web-based Guidance on the Integration of Biodiversity within Adaptation Planning. Gathering information and tools from a number of relevant partners.

Databases
Climate Change Database

Publications

Institute of Development Studies Activities
(IDS)

Academic

Africa and the Arab States

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

South America

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Education

Disseminating information on community-based adaptation practices to catalyze further action.

International Commission of Large Dams Activities

Intergovernmental

All regions

Education and training

Water resources

Education

Research on increasing resilience of dams to extreme events (flooding).

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine: Centre on Global Change and Health Activities

Academic

All regions

Education and training

Human health

Education

WHO collaborating research centre to contribute to the national, regional and global valuation of health impacts of climate change and improve knowledge of public policy responses to extreme weather events.

Example Projects

Mountain Research Initiative

Academic

All regions

Education and training

Tourism

Education

Developing strategies for detecting impacts of climate change in mountainous regions, defining the consequences of climate change for these regions and lowlands dependent on mountainous resources, and define proposals towards sustainable land, water and ressource management.

Example outputs

Munich Climate Insurance Initiative

Private

Non-Governmental

All regions

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Education and training

Education

Knowledge management

Develops insurance-related solutions to climate change impacts and pilot-projects to implement these solutions.

Publications

Submissions to the AWG-LCA
Insurance Instruments for Adapting to Climate Risks - A proposal for the Bali Action Plan


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