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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

Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (Rockefeller Foundation)

Non-Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Capacity building

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Other

Conducts learning and capacity exchange to address multi-sector impacts of climate change. Assesses and develops resilience planning and adaptation methods to reduce vulnerability.

Projects
Urban Climate Change Resilience

Documents

Asia-Pacific Community-based Adaptation Small Grants Program

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Other

Other

Provides funding for community-based projects aimed at building resilience to climate change. Establishes a platform for knowledge sharing and collaboration.

Building Capacity to Adapt to Climate Change for Selected Southeast Asian Countries: Vulnerability assessment and economic analysis of adaptation (IDRC)

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Other

Capacity building

Other

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Maps and analyses vulnerabilities and designs appropriate adaptation strategies allowing for climate change to be mainstreamed.

Government of United States - Building Climate Resilience of Mekong Hydropower Dams

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Other

Capacity building

Joint initiative with the Lower Mekong Initiative to build capacity to integrate adaptation measures into planning and building processes. Development of modeling and analytical tools. Encourage cross sectoral partnerships and knowledge sharing.

Additional Information
Managing Sediment, Climate Change in Mekong Basin Dams

Capacity Building for Research and Monitoring of Marine Protected Areas: An Adaptive Mechanism for Climate Change in the Asia-Pacific Region (APN)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Oceans and coastal areas

Capacity building

Provides technical training in marine protection. Training also given in formulating monitoring and evaluation planning, data management and communications.

Report
Final Project Report

Capacity Development for Policy Makers: Addressing climate change in key sectors (UNDP)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Caribbean and Central America

South America

Other

Capacity building

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Raises awareness of climate change and its impacts at a national level. Facilitates understanding of need for adaptation. Identifies investment and financial capacities for implementing climate related measures. 

UN-HABITAT - Cities and Climate Change Initiative Asia Pacific

Governmental

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Capacity building

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Other

Supports the integration of climate information into national and city policies and develop action plans. Develops awareness, knowledge exchange and capacity building strategies on local, national and continental levels.

Asia-Pacific Regional Strategy

Country Activities

Cities in Asia Develop Climate Change Adaptation Plans (ICLEI)

Academic

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Capacity building

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Develops awareness and knowledge on adaptation and the capacity to act. Facilitates long-term collaborative actions between academics and decision-makers to establish local impacts of climate change and project future scenarios. Develops decision-making aids for adaptation strategies.

Government of Australia - Climate Adaptation through Sustainable Urban Development

Academic

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Other

Collaborative partnership with CSIRO. Facilitates investigation on integrated urban water management systems with policy makers, managers and researchers. Assesses the impacts of climate change and water usage on infrastructure and resource management issues and the implications for sustainability.  

Case Studies

Climate Risk Management Assessment for Agriculture in Thailand and Viet Nam (ADB)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Other

Other

Assesses multi-disciplinary climate change data and  its potential to inform adaptation and mitigation strategies.

Government of Germany - Climate Sensitive Flood Water Management in the Lower Mekong Basin

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Other

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Capacity building

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Other

Develops forecasting systems of riparian states. Practical education and training courses are provided to demonstrate the application of information obtained to planning sustainable adaptive measures.

Coastal and Marine Resources Management in the Coral Triangle: Southeast Asia (ADB)

Governmental

Intergovernmental

Non-Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Oceans and coastal areas

Capacity building

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Strengthens capacity to maintain long-term strategies in conservation and sustainable management of coastal and marine sources in the Coral Triangle.

Enhancing Adaptation to Climate Change by Integrating Climate Risk into Long-Term Development Plans and Disaster Management (APN)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Other

Other

Assesses short and medium-term impacts and responses relating to flooding events to inform on the potential for long-term adaptive capacity. Creates a platform to discuss risk with the object of its integration into investment and development plans.

Final Report
Enhancing Adaptation to Climate Change
 

Government of Switzerland - Floods from the Roof of the World: Protection thanks to applied research

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Other

Other

Creates an inventory of glaciers and glacier lakes and a monitoring system as a basis for an early warning system.

Food Security and Climate Change in the Asia-Pacific Region: Evaluating mismatch between crop development and water availability (APN)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Water resources

Capacity building

Other

Evaluates data on plant life cycles, water and yields to determine best practice for climate scenarios. Knowledge enhancement will inform policy-makers and practitioners on methods in adaptation.

Factsheet

Journal Article

Glacial Melt and Downstream Impacts on Indus-Dependent Water Resources and Energy (ADB)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Other

Water resources

Other

Develops knowledge on climatic trends, water supplies and risk scenarios for climate change and its impacts. Information supports policy-makers in designing integrated water resource management plans. 

Reports
Technical Assistance Report for Pakistan

Protecting Health from Climate Change in Southeast Europe, Central Asia and the Northern Russian Federation: Seven Country Initiative (WHO)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Other

Human health

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Other

Develops knowledge and planning on integrating health and environment policies and to strengthen health institutions to respond to climate change impacts. Fosters the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency in health services.

Country strategies

Impacts of Climate Change and Watershed Development on whole-of-basin Agricultural Water Security in the Krishna and Murray-Darling Basins (ACIAR)

Academic

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Water resources

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Other

Investigates water security strategies to support food production and livelihood sustainability at the basin level by considering climate change and watershed development impacts.                              

Progress reports
Impacts of climate change and watershed development

Increasing Climate Resilience through Drinking Water Rehabilitation in North Tajikistan (GEF)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Other

Water resources

Communication and awareness raising

Capacity building

Knowledge management

Other

Looks to reform water utility management, uses efficiency and infrastructure and identify alternative water sources to increase climate resilience.

Australian Government - International Climate Change Adaptation Initiative

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Other

Capacity building

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Other

Provides funding to develop climate change knowledge, implement adaptation measures, identify key vulnerabilities and adopt measures to strengthen resilience, and to extend community-based initiatives in partner countries.

Programs:

Knowledge Center on Climate Change: Adaptation and Best Practices in Agriculture and Natural Resources Sectors (SEARCA)

Academic

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Capacity building

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Online portal providing a wealth of information on climate change including knowledge exchange, a database of climate change operators, research, development and training opportunities. The aim is to strengthen capacity within the fields of agriculture and natural resources.

Management of Flash Floods: Capacity building and awareness raising in the Hindu Kush Himalayas (ICIMOD)

Governmental

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Other

Capacity building

Created an inventory of glaciers and glacial lakes and identified lakes at risk of bursting. Conducts workshops and training on flash flood risk management with the aim of reducing vulnerability and poverty through sustainable development.

PACC: Pacific Islands Adaptation to Climate Change Project (UNDP and SPREP)

Governmental

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Oceans and coastal areas

Water resources

Capacity building

Other

Facilitates the implementation of climate considerations into policy and provide demonstrations of vulnerability to climate change reduction measures. Designs long-term frameworks for addressing future changes.

Documents:

Reports:
PACC Country Reports

Australian Government - Pacific Islands Climate Prediction Project

Academic

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Capacity building

Other

Develops and installs PC-based climate prediction software and provides training to National Meteorological Services and their clients.  

Seasonal Climate Outlooks in Pacific Island Countries (SCOPIC)  

Piloting Climate Change Adaptation to Protect Human Health (UNDP)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Africa and the Arab States

Small Island Developing States

Human health

Other

Capacity building

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Establishes climate change and health early warning systems and develops capacity of institutions to manage climate change health risks. Pilots preventive measures in health risk areas to reduce vulnerability.

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