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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

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.
 

University of Cape Town - Climate Systems Analysis Group Activities

Academic

Africa and the Arab States

Education and training

Education

Providing scientific knowledge of climate change for a non-scientific audience especially in Southern Africa and disseminating this information to national policy-makers.

Example publications
Coping with Multiple Stresses in Rural South Africa

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.

United Nations University Activities
(UNU)

Intergovernmental

All regions

Education and training

Water resources

Education

Communication and awareness raising

Training

Research and development of tools for disaster risk assessment, dry lands and water basin management, and hydrosphere management.

Example tools

Multi-hazard Risk Assessment

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.

United Nations Inter-Agency Secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Activities
(UN/ISDR)

Intergovernmental

All regions

Education and training

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Communication and awareness raising

Financial support

Education

Integrating adaptation into disaster risk reduction strategies, undertaking specific risk reduction activities and achieving routine use of climate information by risk decision makers through the Hyogo Framework for Action.

Financing facility

 

United Nations Institute for Training and Research Activities
(UNITAR)

Intergovernmental

All regions

Education and training

Training

Supports country-driven capacity building initiatives and serves as a rapid and efficient implementation tool for the work of the UNFCCC with GEF Implementing Agencies and other bilateral donors. Assists in enhancing or creating regional pools of expertise in the developing world giving priority to Southern research institutions and NGOs that have expertise in the area of climate change and are committed to building capacity at the national and regional level. Promotes the work of partner organizations, assists in their fund raising, and facilitates efficient and secure communication between partners.

Summary Reports
Report of Activities

Projects

 

United Nations Environment Programme Activities
(UNEP)

Intergovernmental

All regions

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Terrestrial ecosystems

Oceans and coastal areas

Water resources

Communication and awareness raising

Training

Building key adaptive capacity of the developing world, increasing ecosystem resilience and reducing the risk of climate-related disasters and conflicts, and mobilizing and managing knowledge for adaptation policy and planning.

Strategies
Proposed Medium-term Strategy 2010–2013

Workshops and Meetings


NAPA support
Worksheets and Technical Notes for Preparation of National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPA)

United Nations Environment Programme - GRID-Arendal Activities

Intergovernmental

Governmental

All regions

Education and training

Terrestrial ecosystems

Human health

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Water resources

Education

Supporting informed decision-making through environmental information management and assessment; capacity building services; outreach and communication tools, methodologies and products.

Example publication
In Dead Water - Merging of Climate Change With Pollution, Over-Harvest, and Infestations in the World's Fishing Grounds

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Programme Activities
(UNESCO)

Intergovernmental

All regions

Education and training

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Education

Training

Communication and awareness raising

Strategizing an integrated multidisciplinary programme capable of offering Member States capacity-building and technical advice to design and implement evidence-based policies and projects at the local, national, regional and global levels, drawing on two principal pillars: a) the sound and unbiased generation and use of data, information and research concerning climate change (the knowledge base); and b) the application of educational tools, specific sectoral measures and public awareness activities. This strategy aims to assist Member States to: build and maintain a requisite knowledge base; help adaptation to the impacts of climate change; and strengthen sustainable development.
Helping countries build their capacity to cope with disasters; it provides a forum for governments to work together, and it provides scientific and practical advice in disaster reduction.

Strategies
Draft Strategy for Action on Climate Change
Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation Programme

 

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.

 

 

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Activities
(UNECA)

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Communication and awareness raising

Mainstreaming climate change into development policy, strategies and programmes; conference on reviewing NAPAs.

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Activities
(UN-ESCAP)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Education and training

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Promoting the environmentally sustainable economic growth “Green Growth” approach as a practical tool for achieving sustainable development as well as a strategy for responding to global efforts for mitigation and adaptation to climate change. Taking proactive and concrete measures to serve as the regional platform for policy dialogue for forging regional perspectives on the post-2012 climate framework and to enhance common knowledge of the region on new policy options on climate action in the context of sustainable development.

Activities
Range of activities

United Nations Development Programme Activities (UNDP)

Intergovernmental

All regions

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Education and training

Training

Communication and awareness raising

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Education

Providing guidance on integrating adaptation into UN programming, national development planning and providing an adaptation learning mechanism. Focussing on climate risk “hot spots” to enable climate-resilient development built upon a goal of pro-poor and pro-growth adaptation that supports sustainable economic development and livelihoods. Reducing climate vulnerabilities and improving adaptive capacity.

Outputs

Example Publications
UNDP Human Development Report 2007/2008 - full report

United Nations Development Programme - Water Governance Programme

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Water resources

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Education

Communication and awareness raising

Supporting regional and global cooperation on shared water resources and assisting countries’ efforts to implement water governance reforms to improve development and management of water resources and water supply and sanitation service delivery.  Assisting countries and regional bodies to assess and anticipate climate change impacts and vulnerabilities, including applying methodologies and decision-support tools for systematically understanding the socio-economic and human development implications of climate change. Providing direct support to the development and implementation of, inter alia, pro-active adaptation policies, and supporting mainstreaming of climate change adaptation in national and regional development frameworks and instruments.

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)

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

UNESCO - World Heritage Centre Activities
(UNESCO)

Intergovernmental

All regions

Education and training

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Education

Knowledge management

Assessing the impacts of climate change on World Heritage sites and implementing pilot projects for adaptation at developing country world heritage sites.

Example Reports

Strategies
Strategy to Assist States Parties to Implement Management Responses

 

UNESCO - IHE Institute for Water Education Activities

Intergovernmental

All regions

Education and training

Water resources

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Training

Education

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Research, education and capacity building activities in the fields of water, environment and infrastructure

 

UNEP Finance Initiative Activities
(UNEP FI)

Intergovernmental

Private

All regions

Education and training

Education

Knowledge management

Training

Financial support

Providing research, capacity-building, action-oriented publications and international conferences for private partners whilst helping the financial sector to establish linkages between sustainability, performance and the environment and adopt best environmental practice at all levels.

Example Output


Example Publications

 

UN-HABITAT - Cities and Climate Change Initiative Asia Pacific

Governmental

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Capacity building

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Other

Supports the integration of climate information into national and city policies and develop action plans. Develops awareness, knowledge exchange and capacity building strategies on local, national and continental levels.

Asia-Pacific Regional Strategy

Country Activities

UN-HABITAT - Cities and Climate Change Initiative (CCCI)

Governmental

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

South America

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Capacity building

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Cross-scale education in climate change impacts and development of adaptive measures. Disseminates information, replicates and up-scales actions amongst network partners. Supports measures to mainstream capacity-building actions across scale and sectors.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Climate Change Science Program Activities
(EPA)

Governmental

North America

Education and training

Education

Disseminating information about the impacts of climate change to national stakeholders and the general public and acting as a relay for the U.S. Climate Change Science Program

Example Publications
Impacts of Climate Variability and Change on Transportation Systems and Infrastructure -- Gulf Coast Study

Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research Activities

Academic

All regions

Education and training

Education

Communication and awareness raising

Analysing the potential and limits of adapting society to the impacts of climate change, including risk analysis, and helping organisations adapt.

Example Output
Conference: Living with climate change: are there limits to adaptation?

Example Publication
Business and Climate Change: Measuring and Enhancing Adaptive Capacity

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

 

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