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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

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.

Studies on funding for water-based climate change mitigation and adaptation

Governmental

Intergovernmental

Caribbean and Central America

Water resources

Financial support

The two studies  provide technical assistance, capacity development and technology transfer to strengthen and consolidate actions implemented within the framework of the Mexican water sector’s planning and funding to favour the development of the water sector. Develop actions diagnosis and improvement of the Water Financing System and identify sources of funding.

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.

Water Funds (FEMSA Foundation; TNC; Inter-American Development Bank)

Governmental

Intergovernmental

Non-Governmental

Private

Caribbean and Central America

Water resources

Financial support

Capacity building

Knowledge management

Innovative mechanism of large-scale conservation based on the payment for environmental services in which the investments of downstream users are used to preserve water source with the aim to create and capitalize at least 32 funds in Latin American and Caribbean countries.

Rainfed Infrastructure Program K132, with Hydrological-Environmental Watershed Restoration and Water Management and Soil Preservation (CONAGUA)

Governmental

Caribbean and Central America

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Knowledge management

Other

Series of infrastructure measures as adaptation to high-intensity hydro-meteorological phenomena expected to occur with greater frequency in the basins of Mexico’s humid tropics. 

Construction of the Eastern Drainage Tunnel (CONAGUA)

Governmental

Caribbean and Central America

Water resources

Other

Allows the deficit in the rainwater evacuation capacity to be complemented during rainfall, as well as the alternate maintenance of the deep drainage during the dry season.

Statistical Regionalization of CMIP5 models for Mexico

Governmental

Caribbean and Central America

Water resources

Knowledge management

Obtains projections for temperature and precipitation change through implementation of a method known as Reliability Ensemble Averaging and inclusion of the range of uncertainty in the new models of the IPCC.

Government of Australia Activities

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Terrestrial ecosystems

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Water resources

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Financial support

Education

Increasing scientific knowledge of climate change impacts at regional and national level, enhancing adaptation through national policies, disaster risk reduction work and partnerships with the private sector. Concrete adaptation action in the agricultural sector, human settlements, coastal zones, biodiversity and health.

Climate Knowledge at the Regional Level (Pacific)


National and Sub-national Strategies

Public-Private Partnership
Climate Change Impacts and Risk Management: A Guide for Business and Government

Sectoral Action

Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre Activities
(ADPC)

Non-Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Education and training

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Training

Reduces the impact of disasters on communities by training middle and senior management, clearing and managing information on disaster preparedness in Asia and disseminating this widely, and adaptation practice in cooperation with international and national development agencies.

Example outputs

Asian Development Bank Project search
(ADB)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Education and training

Financial support

Technical advice, knowledge and funding for environmentally sustainable growth, in particular in building resilience to natural hazards amongst the region's poor.

Publications

Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research Activities
(APN)

Academic

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Education and training

Knowledge management

Education

Funding network for research and capacity-building to improve links between science and policy in Asia-Pacific Region.

Example projects

 

Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies Activities
(BCAS)

Academic

Asia-Pacific

Education and training

Education

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Advancing knowledge on sustainable development and adaptation and implementing concrete action.

Example projects

 

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

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Activities

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Education and training

Education

Knowledge management

Training

Making adaptation one of Australia's national research priorities ("flagships"), establishing a network of scientists, coordinating research and feeding into policy-making.

Commonwealth Secretariat Activities

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Education and training

Knowledge management

Helping vulnerable commonwealth states to identify ways of adapting socially and economically to the impacts of climate change. Strengthening participation in the UNFCCC, using Commonwealth networks to better coordinate adaptation, and strengthening better land-use management.

Strategy
Lake Victoria Commonwealth Climate Change Action Plan

From Risk to Resilience Program

Academic

Non-Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Identifying and evaluating (in terms of costs and benefits) disaster risk reduction actions in Pakistan, Nepal and India.

Example field studies

 

Global Change Impact Studies Centre Activities

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Education and training

Education

Training

Training researchers to participate in global climate science and providing impact assessments for Pakistan.

Asian Development Bank - Poverty and Environment Program Activities
(ADB)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Education and training

Training

Knowledge management

Helping the region’s economies enhance their resilience to climate change by assisting governments to : (i) incorporate vulnerability risks into national development strategies and actions; (ii) increase climate resilience of vulnerable sectors such as water and agriculture; (iii) ‘climate proof’ investment projects ; and (iv) address social dimensions of adaptation - in particular, poverty alleviation.

Example output
Poverty-Environment Net

Government of New Zealand Activities

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Financial support

Partnerships with key sectors for water and coastal issues, biodiversity, maintaining public infrastructure (such as transport, telecommunications and energy supply), and primary production (ie, agriculture, including fostering appropriate land-use development and planning). Supporting and encouraging industries and communities in vulnerable sectors and regions to engage in early planning. Integrating adaptation into Flood Risk Management and the Sustainable Water Programme.

Climate Change Strategy
New Zealand's Climate Change Solutions, including adaptation

Sectoral Assessments and Strategies


Regional Assessments by indicator

Example projects

Tools

 

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Activities
(UN-ESCAP)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Education and training

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Promoting the environmentally sustainable economic growth “Green Growth” approach as a practical tool for achieving sustainable development as well as a strategy for responding to global efforts for mitigation and adaptation to climate change. Taking proactive and concrete measures to serve as the regional platform for policy dialogue for forging regional perspectives on the post-2012 climate framework and to enhance common knowledge of the region on new policy options on climate action in the context of sustainable development.

Activities
Range of activities

United Nations University and Government of Japan, Global Environment Information Centre Funding Database for Asia-Pacific

Intergovernmental

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Other

Financial support

Funding opportunities in Asia-Pacific region.

Rockefeller Foundation Activities

Non-Governmental

Asia-Pacific

North America

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Financial support

Knowledge management

Training

Communication and awareness raising

Creating robust action models of climate change resilience for poor and vulnerable people; Funding, promoting, and disseminating those models; Increasing pressure on funders, practitioners, and policy-makers to support increased funding and action for climate change resilience for poor and vulnerable people.

Projects

Adaptation Knowledge Platform (Asia Region)

Academic

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Other

Capacity building

Other

Collaborative partnership that supports research and capacity building across Asia. Facilitates inter-disciplinary knowledge exchange to develop knowledge of climate change across scales and assist policy makers.

Publications

Adaptation to Climate Change in the Hindu Kush Himalayas and Central Asia

Academic

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Other

Identified adaptation needs through a feasibility study. Facilitates the development of cross-boundary cooperation with a view to assessing climate change impacts.

Project
Too Much-Too Little Water

Government of United States - ADAPT

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Other

Capacity building

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Provides advice and support for decision-makers to enhance implementation of environmental laws and policies. Invests in climate-smart food security actions to build resilience. Supports community-based adaptation projects enhancing knowledge, natural resource management and addresses vulnerability reduction.

Factsheet
Accessing Climate Change and Resilience Funds for Asia-Pacific

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