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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

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.

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.

Biodiversity International project - Seeds for Needs

Non-Governmental

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Other

Pre-selects crops and seed varieties that are likely to perform well in changing conditions to minimise the impacts of climate change and achieve food security. 

Project
Helping women farmers in ethiopia adapt to climate change

Support Fund for Local Adaptation Strategies (IDRC)

Governmental

Non-Governmental

Least Developed Countries

Other

Capacity building

Provides funding to community-based organisations to support adaptation knowledge building at the local level.

Publications

Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre

Governmental

Europe

North America

Education and training

Oceans and coastal areas

Water resources

Education

Training

Produces expertly-trained adaptation scientists and broadens the knowledge base on Antarctica and Southern Ocean variability.

Example publication
Bioregionalisation of the Southern Ocean: Report of Experts Workshop

Projects
Climate Futures

Government of Austria Activities

Governmental

Europe

Water resources

Human health

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Terrestrial ecosystems

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Knowledge management

Education

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Building further knowledge and undertaking concrete adaptation action in the water and agriculture sectors.

Example projects

Government of Belgium Activities

Governmental

Europe

Oceans and coastal areas

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Water resources

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Education

Integrating adaptation into water management at sub-regional levels, including Walloon and Brussels.

Example strategies
Sigma Plan for flood protection and control

Research practices
Experiments

European Commission Activities
(EC)

Intergovernmental

Governmental

Europe

Least Developed Countries

Africa and the Arab States

Small Island Developing States

Terrestrial ecosystems

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Water resources

Knowledge management

Financial support

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Education

Integrating adaptation into existing community policies, funding instruments and research and expanding the knowledge base on adaptation, as well as integrating European society into future adaptation actions.

Strategy
Green Paper on Adaptation in Europe

Open Consultation
EU Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction in Developing Countries

Example legislation

Example activities

Funding
Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA)

European Environment Agency Activities
(EEA)

Intergovernmental

Governmental

Europe

Terrestrial ecosystems

Oceans and coastal areas

Tourism

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Water resources

Education

Communication and awareness raising

Training

Assessing regional impacts of climate change, including various sectors such as water and tourism, cost-benefit analysis and continous monitoring.

Publications

 

Government of Germany Activities

Governmental

Europe

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Terrestrial ecosystems

Oceans and coastal areas

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Education

Knowledge management

Generating additional knowledge on climate change adaptation at regional and national levels, better coastal zone management, protecting biodiversity, disaster preparedness and improving spatial planning.

Strategies


National Assessment

High-Resolution Impact Study

Regional Impact studies

 

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

ESPACE project

Governmental

Europe

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Water resources

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Integrating adaptation into spatial planning with a focus on water management, faciliating the exchange of knowledge between the project partners through workshops.

Online ressources
ESPACE library

ETC Foundation Activities

Non-Governmental

Europe

Water resources

Education and training

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Knowledge management

Communication and awareness raising

Promoting sustainable water management and better resilience to natural events through demonstration projects, workshops and assessments.

Government of Cyprus Activities

Governmental

Europe

Education and training

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Oceans and coastal areas

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Combatting water shortage through better water management and desalination plants and new and improved irrigation techniques.

Academic Assessments
Climate Change: Impacts and Adaptation Strategies in the Eastern Mediterranean

European Commission Joint Research Centre Activities
(JRC)

Academic

Europe

Education and training

Education

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) provides scientific support for the development and monitoring of European policies in the area of regional and global climate change, in particular through the assessment of climate change impacts and policy responses.

Example Projects
PESETA Project on Climate Change Impacts in Europe

Government of Finland Activities

Governmental

Europe

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Water resources

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Education

Implementing adaptation as part of the National Adaptation Strategy in the Water Sector (better water management and increased dam discharge capacity), agriculture, transport and forestry with a long-term view of integrating adaptation into all national planning.

Research Programs
Climate Change Adaptation Research Program ISTO

Government of France Activities

Governmental

Europe

Human health

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Water resources

Education and training

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Education

Training

Adaptation plans at national and regional level, sectoral action and improved response capacity to extreme events like heat waves. Improved research on climate change impacts and prediction.

Research Programs
National Observatory on Climate Change Impacts

Action Programs
Plan Canicule for heatwave response

Hadley Centre for Climate Change Activities

Governmental

Europe

Education and training

Communication and awareness raising

Education

Providing weather projections and early warning on extreme weather events, providing weather data sets.

Outputs and Databases

 

Government of Hungary Activities

Governmental

Europe

Water resources

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Disseminating information on adaptation practice and adjusting river basin management to climate.

Example projects

Arctic Council Activities

Governmental

Europe

North America

Education and training

Education

Assessing the impacts of climate change in the Arctic region.

Output
ACIA Scientific Report

Government of Ireland Activities

Governmental

Europe

Water resources

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Inter-basin water transfer from Lough Ree on the Shannon to Dublin City.

Strategy


Government of Italy Activities

Governmental

Europe

Water resources

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Action on adaptation in combatting desertification, alpine protection, agriculture, coastal protection and human health. National and local action plans. Heat Health Watch Warning System (HHWWS). Heat-Health Action Plan

Academic Assessment
Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Strategies in Italy: An Economic Assessment

Action Plans
National Action Plan to Combat Desertification and Drought

Projects

Government of Latvia Activities

Governmental

Europe

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Financial support

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Education

Financing environmental protection investments, integrating adaptation into health, agriculture and national security conceptions, at all government levels including local. Hyrdological and metereological information and assessment.

Funding

 

Government of Malta Activities

Governmental

Europe

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Adaptation in the water sector (coastal zones) and development of new water management technologies.

Example projects

 

Government of the Netherlands Activities

Governmental

Europe

Education and training

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Oceans and coastal areas

Education

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Financial support

Strengthening coastal defences, increasing discharge capacity, subjecting planning to "water tests" and involving all climate-related sectors into adaptation work. Payments for ecosystem services.

Academic Assessment

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