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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

Siyanda on-line database on gender and development materials

Interactive on-line database of publications on gender issues in development.

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
 

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

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

Frontier Research Centre for Global Change Activities

Academic

All regions

Education and training

Education

Developing projections and predictions about future climate change.

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

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

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).

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis Activities

Academic

All regions

Education and training

Education

Communication and awareness raising

Training

Advances the conceptual and methodological development of risk and vulnerability research, carries out selected risk and vulnerability assessments, carries out integrative stakeholder-led case studies and develops interactive tools that can provide training on vulnerability and adaptation.

Relevant ongoing work within the NWP
Action Pledge

International Water Management Institute Activities

 

Non-Governmental

All regions

Education and training

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Education

Communication and awareness raising

Part of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), IWMI is a non-profit organization aiming to improve the management of land and water resources for food, livelihoods and nature through the dissemination of knowledge for water, food and environment.

LEAD International Activities

Non-Governmental

All regions

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Knowledge management

Training

Training programs and international leadership networks for sustainable development.

Example Trainings
UNDP UNEP Leadership and Skills Training for PEI Champions

Example Projects
Bali Darwin Initiative

Livelihoods connect

Non-Governmental

All regions

Education and training

Knowledge management

Training

Promoting knowledge sharing, collaboration and advocacy for promoting sustainable livelihoods, including in adaptatation to climate change.

Example project
Community drought mitigation project

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


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

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

 

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

 

Stockholm Environment Institute Activities
(SEI)

Academic

All regions

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Education and training

Education

Communication and awareness raising

Contributing to the development of "sustainability science" assessing the connections between nature and society. "Risk Livelihoods & Vulnerability" program to understand the sources of vulnerability in the socio-economic domains and connect this to the impacts of climate change.

Outputs

Projects

State-Level adaptation programs in the US, for example

Publications

 

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

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

 

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)

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

 

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