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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

ISDR, UNDP and OCHA - Capacity for Disaster Reduction Initiative
(CADRI)

Intergovernmental

All regions

Education and training

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Water resources

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Training

Communication and awareness raising

Education

Providing knowledge services (training, webpages, promotion materials), material services (exchange and lessons learned, capacity development tools and processes, learning materials), guidance and country and regional support to strengthen the integration of disaster reduction into country and regional policies through UN country teams.

 

Global Environment Facility Project Database
(GEF)

Intergovernmental

All regions

Other

Financial support

Database of projects financed by GEF in different areas, including adaptation.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Programme Activities
(UNESCO)

Intergovernmental

All regions

Education and training

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Education

Training

Communication and awareness raising

Strategizing an integrated multidisciplinary programme capable of offering Member States capacity-building and technical advice to design and implement evidence-based policies and projects at the local, national, regional and global levels, drawing on two principal pillars: a) the sound and unbiased generation and use of data, information and research concerning climate change (the knowledge base); and b) the application of educational tools, specific sectoral measures and public awareness activities. This strategy aims to assist Member States to: build and maintain a requisite knowledge base; help adaptation to the impacts of climate change; and strengthen sustainable development.
Helping countries build their capacity to cope with disasters; it provides a forum for governments to work together, and it provides scientific and practical advice in disaster reduction.

Strategies
Draft Strategy for Action on Climate Change
Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation Programme

 

United Nations Development Programme - Water Governance Programme

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Water resources

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Education

Communication and awareness raising

Supporting regional and global cooperation on shared water resources and assisting countries’ efforts to implement water governance reforms to improve development and management of water resources and water supply and sanitation service delivery.  Assisting countries and regional bodies to assess and anticipate climate change impacts and vulnerabilities, including applying methodologies and decision-support tools for systematically understanding the socio-economic and human development implications of climate change. Providing direct support to the development and implementation of, inter alia, pro-active adaptation policies, and supporting mainstreaming of climate change adaptation in national and regional development frameworks and instruments.

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Activities
(UN-OCHA)

Intergovernmental

All regions

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Human health

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Education and training

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Drafted an action plan designed to improve organisational capacity to prepare and respond on the humanitarian implications of climate change, building on OCHA's global commitment to improve early warning and preparedness for response in line with the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA). Integrating climate change risk analysis into preparedness and contingency planning exercises. Pilot activities on 10-15 higher risk countries with the goal of providing measurable increases in national preparedness capacity.

Iberoamerican Network of Climate Change Bureaus
(RIOCC)

Intergovernmental

South America

Education and training

Knowledge management

Education

Training

Contributing a regional cooperative structure to the Nairobi Work Programme, as well as adressing needs in the following NWP areas of work: Methods and Tools; Data and Observations; Climate modelling, scenarios and downscaling; Climate related risks and extreme events; Adaptation planning and practices.

Contributions to the UNFCCC
Action Pledges

United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean Activities
(ECLAC)

Intergovernmental

South America

Education and training

Knowledge management

Financial support

Developing approaches to evaluate the economic and social impacts of climate change, complemented with the analysis of its environmental impacts. Facilitating the assessment of the overall consequences of climate change for sustainable development, particularly from a regional perspective. Facilitating regional dialogues to promote greater awareness and innovative development policy options to respond to the climate change challenges, including ensuring appropriate financing sources in a manner consistent with a low-carbon, energy-efficient future.

 

 

World Health Organization Activities
(WHO)

Intergovernmental

All regions

Human health

Capacity building

Education

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Collaborating with countries and agencies inside and outside of the UN system, including governments and civil society to develop capacity to assess and respond to health risks from climate change. Providing close relationships to the health sector within Member States through regional and national offices. Providing a normative framework of action for national governments and for WHO to address linkages between health and climate change. Organized ten inter-regional workshops on Human Health Impacts from Climate Variability and Climate Change between 2000 and 2008, in collaboration with WMO and UNEP. Leading the health component of the MDG-Fund projects on climate change adaptation (Jordan and China). Developing, in partnership with UNDP, developing a project on Piloting Climate Change Adaptation to Protect Human Health under a changing and more variable climate. Developing a global strategy that outlines the overarching framework for the international response to protect health from climate change.

Example projects

Publications

 

Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre
(CCCCC)

Intergovernmental

South America

Small Island Developing States

Education and training

Education

Communication and awareness raising

Training

Coordinating the Caribbean region's response to climate change, acting as a clearing house for regional climate change data, and providing climate change-related policy advice and guidelines to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States through the CARICOM Secretariat. Implementing community-level projects, offering training and consultancy services for climate change programmes.

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 Climate Change Resilience in Africa’s Agricultural Research Programmes (FANRPAN)

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Other

Provides policy advice for the mainstreaming of climate change considerations and strengthening institutional capacity. Facilitates development of adaptation and mitigation database, information dissemination and promotes partnership and collaboration between African organisations.

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. 

Climate Change Adaptation and Development Initiative (UNEP)

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Other

Capacity building

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Facilitates cross-sector adaptation awareness raising. Participates in collaborative practical adaptation actions with governments and other organisations. Develops context-specific training and assessment manuals. Assists in integrating climate change issues into policy and planning with the goal of building capacity and reducing vulnerability.                   

Case Studies

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
 

Climate Risk Management Technical Assistance Support Project: Phase II (IISD)

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Asia-Pacific

Caribbean and Central America

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Other

Other

An additional 20 countries added to those included in Phase I. Develops climate knowledge and scenarios and identifies risks and impacts from climate change. Facilitates research and the integration of climate science into decision-making with the aim of developing capacity to meet the challenges of climate change. 

Country Study
Dominican Republic

 

Helio International - Climate Proofing Energy Systems: Vulnerability-Adaptation-Resilience

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Other

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Other

Assesses and monitors the vulnerability of energy systems and identify adaptation potentials. Develops strategies to facilitate progression to low-carbon energy supply systems. Improves climate-smart evaluation capacity of countries for energy needs including consideration of ecosystem services associated with the energy sector.

Global Report
Climate Proofing Energy Systems: Global Report

Energy Systems Country Reports

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.

Community-based Adaptation (CBA) Programme (UNDP)

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Asia-Pacific

Caribbean and Central America

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

South America

Other

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Climate-resilient planning

Supports climate-resilient advocacy and action at the community level. Provides a monitoring and evaluation system to assess changes in community perceptions of adaptive capacity. 

Economics of Adaptation to Climate Change (WB)

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

South America

Other

Other

Develops global cost-estimations for climate change adaptation. Assists developing countries to assess climate risks and design national adaptation strategies.

Country Studies

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
 

Enhancing the Disaster Risk Reduction Capacity in Agriculture and Rural Development (GFDRR)

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Capacity building

Contributes capacity-building knowledge on preparedness and post-disaster risk managements. Provides expertise on mainstreaming disaster risk reduction in agriculture and rural development.

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

Evolution of Protected Area Systems with Regard to Climatic, Institutional, Social, and Economic Conditions in the West Africa Region (UNEP)

Intergovernmental

Non-Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Terrestrial ecosystems

Capacity building

Expands knowledge tools at national and regional levels to improve protected area management. Facilitates transboundary cooperation to ensure sustainability.

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

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