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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

Government of Romania Activities

Governmental

Europe

Oceans and coastal areas

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Education and training

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Integrating adaptation into agriculture, transport, forests, the built environment and coastal zones through national policy, research and action plans.

 

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?

Government of Sweden Activities

Governmental

Europe

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Oceans and coastal areas

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Education

Communication and awareness raising

Creating multi-level inter-sectoral network to stimulate adaptation action at regional and municipal levels as well as better coordinating adaptation action with rescue services, national planning and meteorological information services. Some pilot actions at municipal level to better protect settlements against the sea, landslides and storms.

Swedish Assessment Report
Sweden facing climate change - threats and opportunities

Example outputs
Climatools

Sectoral Action
National Efforts

Government of the United Kingdom Activities

Governmental

Europe

Education and training

Water resources

Oceans and coastal areas

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Education

Communication and awareness raising

Training

Increasing evidence base about impacts and consequences, raising awareness in public and private sector, developing pilot projects and integrating adaptation into all levels of government.

Strategies


Projects


Research Database

 

Government of Portugal Activities

Governmental

Europe

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Raising heat wave preparedness through the national health and emergency services, integrating adaptation into water and river basin mangement plans. Coastal zone management "priorities". National Plan for protection of forests against wild fires.

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

Effective Adaptation Strategies and Risk Reduction towards Economic and Climatic Shocks: Lessons from the coffee crisis in Meso-America (IAI)

Academic

Non-Governmental

Private

Europe

South America

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Other

Identifies effective adaptation strategies to build resilience in livelihoods and social networks. Facilitates decision-makers-stakeholder discussions on policy.  

Publications
Policy Brief

Climate Change Adaptation and Integration into Integrated Water Resource Management (UNEP)

Governmental

Intergovernmental

Caribbean and Central America

Water resources

Capacity building

Other

Conducts context-specific adaptation training sessions for stakeholders. Develops and demonstrate tools for designing climate scenarios. Strengthens networks between sectors to facilitate knowledge and resource sharing.

Final Report

Climate Change Vulnerability Evaluation of Coastal and Marine Areas (RIOCC)

Caribbean and Central America

Small Island Developing States

South America

Oceans and coastal areas

Capacity building

Communication and awareness raising

Monitoring and evaluation

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Conducts economic analysis of the impacts of climate change in South American coastal areas. Aims to develop the PIACC framework for analysis and reduction of human and environmental vulnerability to climate change.

Climate Policy 2012: extension of the global project “Capacity Development for Policy Makers to Address Climate Change" (UNDP)

Intergovernmental

Caribbean and Central America

Small Island Developing States

South America

Other

Capacity building

Other

Strengthens capacity in financing associate with climate change. Technical knowledge sharing in finance assessments and investments.

Factsheet
Capacity Development for Policy makers to Address Climate Change
 

Coffee Under Pressure: Climate change and adaptation in Mesoamerica (CIAT)

Academic

Caribbean and Central America

South America

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Builds livelihood resilience through assessing climate change impacts on socio-economic factors, identifying climate-smart crops, evaluating adaptation options and engaging stakeholders.

Final Reports 

    
     

UNU - Connecting Environmental Changes, Impacts and Responses in the Mekong Delta to Human Wellbeing and Ecosystem Integrity

Academic

Intergovernmental

Caribbean and Central America

Human health

Terrestrial ecosystems

Other

Assesses the impacts of climate and environmental change on human wellbeing and ecosystem integrity.
 

EUROCLIMA: Climate change regional cooperation programme (EUROPEAID)

Intergovernmental

Caribbean and Central America

Small Island Developing States

South America

Other

Capacity building

Communication and awareness raising

A platform for Latin American-European cooperation in climate change. 

Climate Change in Latin America

Integrated Coastal Management with Special Emphasis on the Sustainable Management of Mangrove Forests in Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua (SIAGUA)

Governmental

Caribbean and Central America

Oceans and coastal areas

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Capacity building

Other

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Develops sustainable local and national integrated coastal management plans and implements demonstration projects. Prepares and presents investment proposals.

Integrating Climate Change Risks and Opportunities into National Development Processes and United Nations Country Programming (UNDP)

Academic

Governmental

Intergovernmental

Caribbean and Central America

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

South America

Other

Other

Advises on the integration of climate risk, adaptation and considerations of maladaptation in development policies.

ECPAmericas project - Peace Corps Renewable Energy and Climate Change Initiative

Governmental

Intergovernmental

Caribbean and Central America

Small Island Developing States

Other

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Other

Cooperative knowledge and technology transfer to facilitate implementation of climate-smart and energy efficiency actions by governments, private sector and civil society.

Outputs:

The Economics of Climate Change in Central America–Phase II (UN-CEPAL)

Intergovernmental

Caribbean and Central America

Oceans and coastal areas

Other

Country-specific assessments of the economic and social costs resulting from projected physical damages if climate change adaptation measures are not adopted. Develops appropriate adaptation mechanisms and encourages a low-carbon economy.                                               

Project document
The economics of climate change

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

Water Banks in Mexico (CONAGUA)

Governmental

Caribbean and Central America

Water resources

Other

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Knowledge management

Financial support

Provides access to information for appropriate decision making, integrated free consultancy regarding transmission of rights, guidance on technical and hydrological characteristics.

Reports

Guidelines to plan actions against droughts (DOF)

Governmental

Caribbean and Central America

Water resources

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Guidelines developed to plan actions which may be developed before, during and after droughts. Actions are presented as illustrative examples and promote stakeholder participation.

Guidelines

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.

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

Studies to characterize the regions of the country according to climate change

Governmental

Intergovernmental

Caribbean and Central America

Water resources

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Knowledge management

Diagnoses each of the 13 river basin organizations in terms of climate trends, water management and expected changes in hydrological dynamics, vulnerabilities.  Analyses general scenarios and expected impacts of climate change.

Atlas of Water Vulnerability to Climate Change in Mexico (IMTA)

Governmental

Caribbean and Central America

Water resources

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Evaluates the impact of climate change in six main sectors based on the generation of climate scenarios allowing the effects of climate change on the national territory to be analysed and appreciated with great precision. Pinpointing where the availability of water resources would be reduced and to what extent.

Presentation

Shared Water for Everyone (GEA)

Non-Governmental

Private

Academic

Caribbean and Central America

Education and training

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Water resources

Capacity building

Knowledge management

Training

Community-wide water management project to strengthen capacities of families, communities and organizations to better control their territories and natural resources and make informed decisions thereof, to promote sustainable water and food in micro-basins, to identify relevant resources and practices for resilience and adaptation.

Project presentation

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