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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

Practical Action Activities

Non-Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

South America

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Water resources

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Engaging into practical action at community level to assist very vulnerable people in adaptation.

Additional UNFCCC resources
Local Coping Strategies Database

Example projects

 

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

Piloting Climate Change Adaptation to Protect Human Health (UNDP)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Africa and the Arab States

Small Island Developing States

Human health

Other

Capacity building

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Establishes climate change and health early warning systems and develops capacity of institutions to manage climate change health risks. Pilots preventive measures in health risk areas to reduce vulnerability.

Pilot Projects on Uses of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture to put Strategic Plans into Action to Promote Sustainable Use and Management of Land for Adaptation to Climate Variability (FAO) 

Intergovernmental

Least Developed Countries

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Other

Implements pilot projects with farmers to enhance food productivity and livelihood stability. Builds capacity of farmers to maintain measures through training in technologies to reduce their vulnerability.

Pew Center on Global Climate Change Activities

Non-Governmental

North America

Education and training

Knowledge management

Education

Creating networks for mitigation and adaptation and providing policy-inputs in order to achieve solutions to climate whilst sustaining economic growth.

Example outputs

 

Partners for Resilience

Non-Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Asia-Pacific

Caribbean and Central America

Least Developed Countries

Other

Capacity building

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Nine country programme integrating disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and ecosystem management and restoration. Conducts co-operative risk management actions with governments and other agencies to reduce vulnerability to disasters and climate change and build livelihood resilience.

Leaflet:
A new partnership for resilience

Additional information
2012 Workshop Report

Project
Climate Proof Disaster Risk Reduction

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

Pacific Mangroves Initiative (IUCN)

Non-Governmental

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Oceans and coastal areas

Other

Capacity building

Other

Enhances national data and climate scenario information and develops mangrove and ecosystem management tools for the implementation of management actions. Conducts awareness raising and capacity development programmes with the goal of building resilience and sustainable livelihoods.
 

PACC: Pacific Islands Adaptation to Climate Change Project (UNDP and SPREP)

Governmental

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Oceans and coastal areas

Water resources

Capacity building

Other

Facilitates the implementation of climate considerations into policy and provide demonstrations of vulnerability to climate change reduction measures. Designs long-term frameworks for addressing future changes.

Documents:

Reports:
PACC Country Reports

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Activities
(OECD)

Intergovernmental

All regions

Europe

North America

Education and training

Education

Communication and awareness raising

Training

OECD both assesses costs and benefits of various climate adaptation options and contributes to the integration of climate change considerations into national development planning.

Example publications

 

Oficina de Riesgo Agropecuario (ORA) - República Argentina Activities

Governmental

South America

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Education and training

Education

The ORA (Argentinian Bureau of Agriculture Risk) assesses the risks (agro-climatic, economic and market-associated) associated with agricultural activities, guides stakeholders and promotes the development of an insurance market for the sector.

Natural Disaster Preparedness for Coastal Cities of North Africa (WB)

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Other

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Oceans and coastal areas

Other

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Produces action plan of measures to lower potential loss from extreme events.          

Projects

National Program of Potential Water Reserves for the Environment in Mexico (CONAGUA)

Governmental

Caribbean and Central America

Water resources

Terrestrial ecosystems

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Knowledge management

Financial support

Collaborative partnership for determination and prioritization of water reserves to ensure ecosystems conservation. Provides the basis for declaration of basins as water reserves.

Publications

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.

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


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

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.

Modeling the Transformative Impacts and Costs of Sea Level Rise in the Caribbean (Caribsave)

Non-Governmental

Least Developed Countries

Other

Other

Calculates economic impacts of climate change to be used in vulnerability reduction planning and investment.                        

Report:
Quantification and Magnitude of Losses and Damages Resulting from the Impacts of Climate Change

Mitigating the Impact of Climate Change on Rice Disease Resistance in East Africa (AfricaRice)

Academic

Least Developed Countries

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Other

Conducts research to establish rice gene varieties that are more resistant to disease for use by breeders. Models to predict the behaviour of pathogens in various climate scenarios designed to inform on future measures required to protect rice.

Michigan State University - CLIP project

Academic

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Other

Building on prior research this project assesses the nature and magnitude of climate and land use interactions in East Africa. Developed high resolution models based on case study data which can be upscaled to the regional level.             

Researches 

Managing Uncertainty: Innovation systems for coping with climate variability and change (ICRISAT)

Academic

Non-Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Other

Produces research on the direct and indirect impacts of climate change, develops a system for knowledge exchange to mainstream climate risk management  research.

Managing Risk, Reducing Vulnerability and Enhancing Productivity under a Changing Climate (IDRC)

Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Capacity building

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Generates vulnerability to drought knowledge in Africa to inform decision-making tools aimed at reducing this vulnerability.

Country Report:
Sudan

Management of Flash Floods: Capacity building and awareness raising in the Hindu Kush Himalayas (ICIMOD)

Governmental

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Other

Capacity building

Created an inventory of glaciers and glacial lakes and identified lakes at risk of bursting. Conducts workshops and training on flash flood risk management with the aim of reducing vulnerability and poverty through sustainable development.

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

London Mayor Activities

Governmental

Europe

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Education

Training

Identifying the main climate impacts likely to affect London, establishing the current risk baseline and analyzing the impact of climate change on the probability of key natural hazards, such as flooding and drought. Implementing risk-management actions to prevent, prepare, respond and recover. Adjusting London's water infrastructure to climate risk.

Strategies
London Climate Change Adaptation Strategy (Draft)

Stakeholder Groups
London Climate Change Partnership

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