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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

Zambezi Valley Development Initiative

Non-Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Education and training

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Water resources

Knowledge management

Communication and awareness raising

Develeping an indigeneous knowledge bank and consulting on sustainable development in the region for self-help projects. Identifying and assessing human (social) and ecological vulnerability impacted by increasing climate dynamics, identifying and planning strategic action to adapt to the threats posed by this vulnerability. Sectoral focus on food security, energy scarcity and sustainable development.

Projects

Climate vulnerability and adaptation in the Upper Zambezi
Valley – ‘Lyambai Vulnerability and Adaptation’ (LYVA) project

Zambezi River Basin Initiative (SADC)

Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Other

Capacity building

Other

Builds capacity in local Red Cross Branches to address risk reduction, resilience and livelihood stability along the Zambezi River. 

Brochures

WorldFish Center - Enhancing Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change Impacts through well-managed Water Use for Aquaculture integrated with small-scaled Irrigation in the Chinyanja Triangle in Africa

Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Other

Develops practices and expands knowledge on the integration of water management and aquaculture concerns into food security strategies with the aim of reducing the impact of climate change on vulnerable households.

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

 

World Tourism Organization Activities
(UNWTO)

Intergovernmental

All regions

Education and training

Tourism

Education

Communication and awareness raising

Carrying out extensive research, capacity building and technical assistance activities, advocating the sustainable development of tourism in international and national policy processes, with climate change dealt with as a priority issue.

Outputs
Tourism and Climate Exchange

Example Publications

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

World Meteorological Organization Activities
(WMO)

Intergovernmental

All regions

Education and training

Education

Information on the state and behaviour of the Earth's atmosphere, its interaction with the oceans, the climate it produces and the resulting distribution of water resources. Weather forecasts and warning.

Example outputs

 

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

 

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.

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

 

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.

World Bank Activities

Intergovernmental

All regions

Education and training

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Education

Financial support

Project and analytical work, development of tools for climate data dissemination and mapping as well as screening for climate risk to projects, and pilot insurance programs for protection against weather climate. Outputs include: screening tool 'ADAPT', guidance booklets and knowledge products with a regional focus. Project funding.

Funding

Consultations

Example Publications

 

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

 

Wetlands International Activities

Non-Governmental

All regions

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Water resources

Education

Integrating wetlands conservation and restoration into adaptation.

Sample leaflet
Understanding linkages between mangrove forests and livelihoods

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.

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.

Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean Activities
(CATHALAC)

 

Academic

South America

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Water resources

Education

Training

Communication and awareness raising

Training and education on regional water management.

Example outputs
PortalGIS: Mesoamerica and the Caribbean

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

Water and Sanitation Sector Responses to Climate Change Impact in Yunnan Province of China and Viet Nam (WB)

Intergovernmental

Private

Asia-Pacific

Water resources

Other

Conducts technical assessments on climate change potential, risk, vulnerabilities and impacts of two cities. Provides mitigation and adaptation recommendations and outreaches programmes to raise awareness of the need to, and benefits of, adaptation and associated costs.
 

Water and Adaptation Intervention in Central and West Asia (ADB)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Other

Water resources

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Communication and awareness raising

Capacity building

Knowledge management

Other

Develops knowledge and models on potential climate change impacts in the Amu Darya and Syr Darya river basins. Conducts cross-scale risk assessments and risk management plans incorporating adaptation considerations.

Vulnerability to Climate Change: Adaptation Strategies and Layers of Resilience (ICRISAT)

Non-Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Capacity building

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Provides in-depth research on climate variability, adaptation-coping strategies and institutional capacity in SAT focusing on the rural poor.                                          

Project Documents
Inception report
Year 2 Review
 

Vulnerability to Climate Change in Agricultural Systems in Europe and Central Asia (WB)

Academic

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Communication and awareness raising

Other

Knowledge management

An analytical and advisory programme to enhance mainstreaming of climate change adaptation into policy and investment. Conducts awareness raising of the threats and impacts and assesses capacity to inform baseline vulnerability and adaptation requirements.                                           

Publications
E-book: Adapting to Climate Change in Europe and Central Asia

Utilization of Potato Genetic Diversity as Tool to Adaptation to Climate Change (IADB)

Intergovernmental

South America

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Other

Adapts potato production systems to increase resiliency under climate change. Contributes to mitigation plans for high Andes communities.

Document (Spanish)
Regional plan of operations

Urban–Rural Interdependence and the Impact of Climate Change in Malawi and Tanzania (IDRC)

Academic

Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Capacity building

Other

Documents the affect of climate change on vulnerabilities and coping mechanisms of communities in relation to food supply. Offers stakeholders climate change and variability adaptation options.

Workshop Report September 2009

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
 

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