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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

Caribbean Water Monitor: Small island states, water resources and climate change (CIMH)

Academic

Governmental

Small Island Developing States

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Water resources

Other

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Development of an internet-based tool monitoring water resources including drought and excessive rainfall data. Provides training, capacity building and knowledge exchange opportunities to enhance decision-making.

Barbados and Trinidad Project Features

CARIBSAVE - Climate Change Risk Atlas: Phase 1

Academic

Non-Governmental

Small Island Developing States

Business

Other

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Assesses adaptive capacity of Caribbean nations through climate modeling and vulnerability evaluation. Develops response strategies to climate change impacts. Facilitates collaborative work across sectors connected with tourism and livelihoods.

Government of United States - Climate Change in the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States

Governmental

Small Island Developing States

Oceans and coastal areas

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Other

Focusing on vulnerabilities relating to climate and water, the project provides support for policy makers to improve national regulatory frameworks. Supports national adaptation strategies in addition to awareness raising and capacity building measures. Development of monitoring and forecasting systems will strengthen information and response capabilities in water management.

OECS Newsletter 2012

Integrated and Sustainable Management of Transboundary Water Resources in the Amazon River Basin Considering Climate Variability and Change (UNEP)

Intergovernmental

Small Island Developing States

South America

Water resources

Capacity building

Other

Enhances transboundary cooperative river basin water resource management through technical-institutional mechanisms. Develops and disseminate knowledge on risk and strategies to address them.                     

Reports (Spanish)

Integrating Climate Change Adaptation into National Development Processes in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNDP)

Intergovernmental

Small Island Developing States

South America

Caribbean and Central America

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Other

Water resources

Capacity building

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Other

Develops knowledge and technology transfer with the goal of strengthening the capacity of countries to integrate climate change concerns into national planning.    

Document
UN Guide to Mainstreaming Climate Change in national Development Processes

Government of Germany - Mainstreaming Gender Aspects in Climate Change Adaptation and Low-Carbon Development

Governmental

Small Island Developing States

Least Developed Countries

Other

Capacity building

Global platform for mainstreaming gender concerns into adaptation and low-carbon development. Produces information and training materials, monitoring mechanisms and policy recommendations.

CARICOM initiative - Special Program on Adaptation to Climate Change: Implementation of adaptation measures in coastal zones (SPACC)

Intergovernmental

Small Island Developing States

Oceans and coastal areas

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Other

Designs and implements pilots adaptation plans and investment measures, integrating lessons learned from previous projects, aimed at mitigating climate change impacts on biodiversity and land degradation.

The Economics of Climate Adaptation Initiative (CCRIF)

Academic

Small Island Developing States

Other

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Other

Compiled a total climate-risk assessment focusing on climate change impacts on three prevalent natural hazards. The assessment considers impacts to industry, economy and public and private infrastructure. Quantitative adaptation strategies are developed and integrated into national development plans to increase resilience to the hazards.                          

Publications

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

 

Climate Change Information Resources - New York Metropolitan Region

Academic

North America

Education and training

Education

Knowledge management

Communication and awareness raising

The CCIR-NYC is a communication platform for urban policy- and decision-makers and NY residents in order to improve their capacity to respond to the impacts of climate change.

Climate Institute Activities

Non-Governmental

North America

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

The Climate Institute mobilizes policy-makers and experts to adapt to the impacts of climate change through public policy.

Projects
Florida Adaptation & Protection Program

The Nature Conservancy Activities

Non-Governmental

North America

Asia-Pacific

Terrestrial ecosystems

Oceans and coastal areas

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Adapting key ecosystems to the impacts of climate change and pushing for public policy supporting adaptation of nature.

Example Projects

 

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

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

Fiji School of Medicine Activities

Academic

Small Island Developing States

Least Developed Countries

Human health

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Piloting projects to increase health sector capacity to deal with water-related adverse health impacts in Barbados, Bhutan, China, Fiji, Jordan, Kenya and Uzbekistan.

International Institute for Environment & Development Activities

Non-Governmental

Least Developed Countries

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Education and training

Communication and awareness raising

Training

Education

Enhancing capacity in developing countries and increasing climate - sustainable development linkages. Supporting greater CDM usage by developing countries.

Example projects:

 

Adaptation of Land Use to Climate Change in Sub-Saharan Africa (ALUCSSA)

Academic

Least Developed Countries

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Other

Develops projections of climate change scenarios for Sub-Saharan Africa and evaluates impact to land systems. Assesses sustainability of land-based livelihood practices and provides practical adaptation recommendations.

Assistance to Improve Local Agricultural Emergency Preparedness in Caribbean countries highly prone to hurricane-related disasters (FAO)

Governmental

Intergovernmental

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Other

Capacity building

Other

Provides participatory assessment and recommendations to facilitate the development of disaster preparedness measures. Conducts cross-scale cooperative evaluation highlighting best practices with a goal of building capacity and resilience.

Reports

Coastal and Marine Resources Management in the Coral Triangle of the Pacific (under the Pacific Alliance for Sustainability Program and the Coral Triangle Initiative)

Academic

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Oceans and coastal areas

Capacity building

Other

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Assesses the needs for, and designs, a plan for the implementation of integrated and ecosystem-based coastal and marine resources management.

Government of Germany - Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region

Governmental

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Business

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Capacity building

Other

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Supports regional and local partners to improve their climate information, advisory capacities, and training opportunities. Provides advice to policy makers  regarding sustainable actions in key economic sectors. 

Regional Programme Information

Global Climate Change Alliance

Intergovernmental

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Other

Knowledge management

Other

Provides a dialogue platform for the EU and developing countries on climate change. Initiates cooperative actions for the implementation of adaptation and mitigation objectives into development policies.

Publications

Implementation Plan for the Caribbean Regional Framework for Achieving Development Resilient to Climate Change (CCCCC)

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Other

Other

Long-term strategy considering funding, investment and strategies in the reduction of regional and national risk to climate change. Establishes responsibilities, governance and capacity objectives to this end. 

Project Document

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.

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

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.
 

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