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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

Scientific capacity development of trainers and policy-makers for climate change adaptation planning in Asia and the Pacific (APN)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Other

Capacity building

Other

Identifies knowledge and skills needs for trainers in the agriculture and water sectors and develop appropriate adaptation training modules.

Making a difference - Final Report

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?

Science and Development Network
(SciDev Net)

Academic

Africa and the Arab States

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Education and training

Education

Communication and awareness raising

Disseminating knowledge on adaptation practices through regional networks, science communication websites and high-quality online publications through a web portal that relies adaptation publications by other organizations as well as own reporting.

Example showcased publications by third entities

Example publications

 

Sahara and Sahel Observatory Activities
(OSS)

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Education and training

Water resources

Knowledge management

Education

Setting up regional networks, strengthening environmental surveillance and enhancing sound policy-making to combat desertification, enhance sustainable management of resources and mitigate the impacts of climate change.

Example projects

Running Dry: Empowering poor people to manage water in arid and semi-arid lands (GWI)

Non-Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Water resources

Other

Implements community-based, gender-balanced integrated water resource management (IWRM) projects to provide safe water and improve overall wellbeing.

East Africa Accomplishments
 

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

Review of the Economics of Climate Change in South America (UN-CEPAL)

Intergovernmental

South America

Oceans and coastal areas

Other

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Other

Conducts an economic analysis of the impacts of climate change in South America. Provides a platform for cooperation between South American states on climate change and identifies appropriate policy responses.

Resilience and the African Smallholder: Enhancing the capacities of communities to adapt to climate change (IDRC)

Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Other

Develops knowledge and technologies to improve capacity to adapt to climate change with a view to improving food security and environmental integrity. Creates context-specific local-national action plans for adaptation. 

Documentation                        

Regional Science Service Centre for Adaptation to Climate Change and Sustainable Land Management in Southern Africa (SASSCAL)

Academic

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Terrestrial ecosystems

Capacity building

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Other

Regional initiative to improve science-based decision-making capacity in response to climate change and sustainable land use concerns.

Documents

Regional Policy Dialog (RPD) on Water and Climate Change Adaptation in the Americas (RDP)

Intergovernmental

Governmental

Non-Governmental

Academic

Private

North America

South America

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Capacity building

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Financial support

Multi-stakeholder platform that enhances water-based climate change adaptation by formulating policy recommendations, drawing up of inventory of water and climate change adaptaton actions, organization of events.

Presentations

Regional Partnerships for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Preparedness (ADB)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Other

Capacity building

Technical assistance provided with the aim of building resilience to climate events through knowledge building to inform government and non-government decision-makers.

Technical Assistance Report

Regional Instruments for Adaptation to Climate Change by the Health Sector (IDB)

Intergovernmental

South America

Human health

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Other

Develops regional vulnerability index and scenarios and surveillance tools for monitoring effects of  climate change on health. Designs sustainable programs to integrate health and climate concerns based on the Columbian example.    

Documents

Regional Initiative for Smallholder Agriculture Adaptation to Climate Change in the Indian Ocean Islands (IOC)

Academic

Governmental

Non-Governmental

Private

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Capacity building

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Other

Supports information and technology exchange and training. Develops database of best practices, references and partners for practitioners. Raises awareness and improves operational skills to build capacity in small-scale farming operations to adapt to climate change.

Regional Coordination on Natural Resources Management and Capacity Building (WB)

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Water resources

Capacity building

Other

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Development of regional knowledge of natural resources status and management options with the objective of reducing degradation and adapting to climate change.

Egypt - Second Phase Report

Re-thinking Water Storage for Climate Change Adaptation in Sub-Saharan Africa (IWMI)

Academic

Non-Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Other

Creates guidance documentation on the integration of climate change into planning and management of water in agriculture with a view to reducing risk and building resilience.

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. 

ProVentium Consortium Activities

Non-Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

South America

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Education

Training

Knowledge management

Integrating disaster risk reduction into development planning and financing as part of the Hyogo Framework for Action.

Example outputs

 

Protection of Sustainable Policy Initiatives in the Management of Natural Resources in the Hindu Kush Himalayas (ICIMOD)

Governmental

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Other

Capacity building

Platform for cross-border cooperation on natural resource management including training, technology sharing and a framework on ecosystem-based conservation and adaptation.
 

Protection of Population Centers Program (CONAGUA)

Governmental

Caribbean and Central America

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Aims to prevent risk and respond to the effects caused by floods in population centers through feasibility studies and construction of infrastructure.

Protecting Health from Climate Change in Southeast Europe, Central Asia and the Northern Russian Federation: Seven Country Initiative (WHO)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Other

Human health

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Other

Develops knowledge and planning on integrating health and environment policies and to strengthen health institutions to respond to climate change impacts. Fosters the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency in health services.

Country strategies

Promoting Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and Fostering Transboundary Dialogue in Central Asia (UNDP and BRC)

Intergovernmental

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Water resources

Human health

Other

Communication and awareness raising

Other

Capacity building

Knowledge management

Develops and implements national IWRM strategies and establishes international river basin management processes. Engages stakeholders and build capacity  and knowledge to produce IWRM river basin plan and documentation.

The Project 

Promoting Cooperation to Adapt to Climate Change in the Chu-Talas Transboundary Basin (UNDP)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Water resources

Other

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Capacity building

Develops scenarios and models on potential climate change impacts on water resources. Cooperative vulnerability and environmental impact assessments conducted and measures jointly agreed upon.

Project to Strengthen Integrated Water Resources Management in Mexico (PREMIA) (CONAGUA; WMO)

Governmental

Intergovernmental

Caribbean and Central America

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Knowledge management

Collaborative implementation of activities in thematic areas for Integrated Water Resource Management and for climate change  adaptation of the water sector through technical and financial support. Further continuation of actions aiming institutional strengthening, capacity development, development of products and services for water sector adaptation. 

Documents

Programmes for Water Safety Plans in Pacific Island Countries (SOPAC)

Intergovernmental

Academic

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Human health

Water resources

Capacity building

Develops mechanisms to improve surveillance, controls and response to environmentally sensitive communicable diseases. Designs a framework for action, and trained health workers, to protect human health from the effects of climate change.

Publications

Preparedness for Climate Change (RCCC)

Non-Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Asia-Pacific

Caribbean and Central America

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Other

Capacity building

Other

Programme established to build climate knowledge of Red Cross societies and national governments. Integrate adaptation and disaster plans to improve preparedness and response thereby reducing vulnerability.

 

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