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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 Germany - Programme for the Sustainable Use of Natural Resources in Central Asia

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Other

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Combats desertification in Central Asia through research on, and implementation of, conservation measures.

Publications
Acting locally - cooperating regionally

Programmes for Water Safety Plans in Pacific Island Countries (SOPAC)

Intergovernmental

Academic

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Human health

Water resources

Capacity building

Develops mechanisms to improve surveillance, controls and response to environmentally sensitive communicable diseases. Designs a framework for action, and trained health workers, to protect human health from the effects of climate change.

Publications

Promoting Cooperation to Adapt to Climate Change in the Chu-Talas Transboundary Basin (UNDP)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Water resources

Other

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Capacity building

Develops scenarios and models on potential climate change impacts on water resources. Cooperative vulnerability and environmental impact assessments conducted and measures jointly agreed upon.

Promoting Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and Fostering Transboundary Dialogue in Central Asia (UNDP and BRC)

Intergovernmental

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Water resources

Human health

Other

Communication and awareness raising

Other

Capacity building

Knowledge management

Develops and implements national IWRM strategies and establishes international river basin management processes. Engages stakeholders and build capacity  and knowledge to produce IWRM river basin plan and documentation.

The Project 

Protection of Sustainable Policy Initiatives in the Management of Natural Resources in the Hindu Kush Himalayas (ICIMOD)

Governmental

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Other

Capacity building

Platform for cross-border cooperation on natural resource management including training, technology sharing and a framework on ecosystem-based conservation and adaptation.
 

Regional Partnerships for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Preparedness (ADB)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Other

Capacity building

Technical assistance provided with the aim of building resilience to climate events through knowledge building to inform government and non-government decision-makers.

Technical Assistance Report

Scientific capacity development of trainers and policy-makers for climate change adaptation planning in Asia and the Pacific (APN)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Other

Capacity building

Other

Identifies knowledge and skills needs for trainers in the agriculture and water sectors and develop appropriate adaptation training modules.

Making a difference - Final Report

South Asia Water Initiative (SAWI)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Water resources

Capacity building

Other

Platform for international cooperation to develop knowledge, investment and institutions relating to water resources at the basin level.

 
Report
2011 SAWI Annual Report

Strengthening Capacity for Policy Research on Mainstreaming Adaptation to Climate Change in Agriculture and Water Sectors (APN)

Academic

Asia-Pacific

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Water resources

Capacity building

Other

Presents measures to overcome barriers to integrating adaptation into policy and develops monitoring mechanisms to track success of mainstreaming efforts. Establishes networks between policy makers and researchers to enhance knowledge exchange.

Strengthening Capacity in the Field of Sustainable Development through Integration of Climate Change Issues into Strategic Planning in the Republic of Kazakhstan (UNDP)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Other

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Capacity building

Working with the Ministry of Environment Protection to integrate sustainable development principles into policy and planning contributing to wider adaptation planning. Promotes participation in actions which further UNFCCC commitments.

Initial Project Document

Strengthening the Capacity of Pacific Developing Member Countries to Respond to Climate Change - Phase 1 (ADB)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Other

Capacity building

Other

Develops capacity to prepare and evaluate environmental assessments and establish information system capabilities. Advises on mainstreaming climate risk and adaptation into policy and design pilot adaptation projects.

Climate Change and Adaptation Initiative (MRC)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Water resources

Capacity building

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Other

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Conducts vulnerability assessment, awareness raising and capacity-building campaigns at community level and conduct pilot projects. Assists governments to integrate findings into policy frameworks for adaptation. Facilitates the development of a transboundary, regional adaptation strategy.

Programme Document
Climate Change Adaptation Initiative 2011-2015

Government of Germany - Transboundary Water Management in Central Asia

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Water resources

Communication and awareness raising

Capacity building

Knowledge management

Other

Provides knowledge and training to develop sustainable and equitable water resource management for Central Asian countries. Established forums for international dialogue and knowledge exchange and experience. Provides financing for selected project actions.

Component:
Regional Dialogue and Cooperation in Water Resources Management

Transferring the Malaria Epidemic Prediction Model to Users in East Africa (IDRC)

Academic

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Africa and the Arab States

Human health

Other

Capacity building

Other

Refines the climate-based prediction model to include site-specific factors and upscale its use in East Africa to allow for early warning of epidemics. Additional research regarding non-biophysical factors influencing the disease is also conducted.

Kenya Profile

Government of the United States - U.S. Support Program to the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI)

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Other

Capacity building

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Provides scientific advice, management support and facilitates access to cross-sectoral experts in order to design sustainability goals and integrate adaptation considerations. Assists in long-term planning and conducts training for conservation managers. Designed a Coral Triangle Atlas to assist in the management of marine protected areas.

Factsheet
 

Vulnerability to Climate Change in Agricultural Systems in Europe and Central Asia (WB)

Academic

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Communication and awareness raising

Other

Knowledge management

An analytical and advisory programme to enhance mainstreaming of climate change adaptation into policy and investment. Conducts awareness raising of the threats and impacts and assesses capacity to inform baseline vulnerability and adaptation requirements.                                           

Publications
E-book: Adapting to Climate Change in Europe and Central Asia

Vulnerability to Climate Change: Adaptation Strategies and Layers of Resilience (ICRISAT)

Non-Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Capacity building

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Provides in-depth research on climate variability, adaptation-coping strategies and institutional capacity in SAT focusing on the rural poor.                                          

Project Documents
Inception report
Year 2 Review
 

Water and Adaptation Intervention in Central and West Asia (ADB)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Other

Water resources

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Communication and awareness raising

Capacity building

Knowledge management

Other

Develops knowledge and models on potential climate change impacts in the Amu Darya and Syr Darya river basins. Conducts cross-scale risk assessments and risk management plans incorporating adaptation considerations.

Water and Sanitation Sector Responses to Climate Change Impact in Yunnan Province of China and Viet Nam (WB)

Intergovernmental

Private

Asia-Pacific

Water resources

Other

Conducts technical assessments on climate change potential, risk, vulnerabilities and impacts of two cities. Provides mitigation and adaptation recommendations and outreaches programmes to raise awareness of the need to, and benefits of, adaptation and associated costs.
 

Government of United States - Water Supply, Sanitation, and Hygiene Infrastructure Program

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Water resources

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Locates finance resources for infrastructure improvement and reform water and sanitation utilities to build efficiency, viability, security and service provision. Develops community health initiatives in line with water and sanitation programmes.

Project

Advancing Capacity to Support Climate Change Adaptation
(ACCCA Project)

Academic

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Education and training

Financial support

Drawing on lessons learned on communicating climate risk information to decision-makers. Informing effective decision-making on reducing vulnerability through a series of pilot projects funded through the project.

Outputs
Pilot Actions Database

 

African Development Bank Activities
(AFDB)

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Education and training

Financial support

Training

Designing climate risk and adaptation interventions, funding and co-funding adaptation projects, and conducting in-house training and awareness raising. Joint coordination (with AUC, GCOS and ECA) of the Action Plan for Africa on Climate Information for Development Needs.

Example Projects
Malawi Climate Adaptation for Rural Livelihoods and Agriculture

Strategies
Climate Information for Development Needs: An Action Plan for Africa (ClimDev Africa)
See also GCOS ClimDev Africa webpage

 

 

Assessment of Impacts and Adaptations to Climate Change in Multiple Regions and Sectors
(AIACC)

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Asia-Pacific

Small Island Developing States

Least Developed Countries

South America

Education and training

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Water resources

Education

Communication and awareness raising

Training

Financial support

Advances scientific capacity in developing countries to assess and effectively communicate knowledge of vulnerabilities for adaptation planning and action. To this end, vulnerbability assessments of regional and sectoral scope are developed.

Example publication

 

 

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Activities
(FAO)

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

South America

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Education and training

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Education

Generating an information base for action (for example, data and statistics, analytical tools and models; crop forecasting and impact monitoring; information on risks related to climate variability and climate change)

Building national and local capacities for disaster risk management, reduction, and transfer with regard to extreme climate events

Working with sectoral ministries, communities and farmers to identify adaptation options which build on assessment and sustainable management of resources

Supporting linkages among global policy decisions on climate change in the context of the UNFCCC, sectoral policies, strategies and programmes relating to agriculture, forestry, fisheries (for example including mainstreaming into National Programmes for Food Security) and local adaptation action at community level (e.g. combining climate risk management and resilience building of livelihoods and ecosystems, supported by sectoral line ministries through research, extension and communication for development).

Action Pledges
Six action pledges to the Nairobi Work Programme

Strategies
Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in the Food and Agriculture Sector
Climate Change & Food Security: a Framework Document

Zambezi Valley Development Initiative

Non-Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Education and training

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Water resources

Knowledge management

Communication and awareness raising

Develeping an indigeneous knowledge bank and consulting on sustainable development in the region for self-help projects. Identifying and assessing human (social) and ecological vulnerability impacted by increasing climate dynamics, identifying and planning strategic action to adapt to the threats posed by this vulnerability. Sectoral focus on food security, energy scarcity and sustainable development.

Projects

Climate vulnerability and adaptation in the Upper Zambezi
Valley – ‘Lyambai Vulnerability and Adaptation’ (LYVA) project

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