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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

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

Global Climate Change Alliance

Intergovernmental

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Other

Knowledge management

Other

Provides a dialogue platform for the EU and developing countries on climate change. Initiates cooperative actions for the implementation of adaptation and mitigation objectives into development policies.

Publications

Great Green Wall (GEF)

Intergovernmental

Non-Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

South America

Business

Terrestrial ecosystems

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Capacity building

Other

Pan-African initiative to combat desertification in the Sahel-Saharan region.

Documents

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

Health Vulnerability and Climate Change Adaptation Assessments (WHO)

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Asia-Pacific

Caribbean and Central America

Least Developed Countries

South America

Human health

Capacity building

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Provides guidance material on conducting health vulnerability and climate change adaptation assessments.                         

Documentation

Technical Paper

 

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.

Integrated and Sustainable Management of Transboundary Water Resources in the Amazon River Basin Considering Climate Variability and Change (UNEP)

Intergovernmental

Small Island Developing States

South America

Water resources

Capacity building

Other

Enhances transboundary cooperative river basin water resource management through technical-institutional mechanisms. Develops and disseminate knowledge on risk and strategies to address them.                     

Reports (Spanish)

Integrating Climate Change Adaptation into National Development Processes in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNDP)

Intergovernmental

Small Island Developing States

South America

Caribbean and Central America

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Other

Water resources

Capacity building

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Other

Develops knowledge and technology transfer with the goal of strengthening the capacity of countries to integrate climate change concerns into national planning.    

Document
UN Guide to Mainstreaming Climate Change in national Development Processes

Natural Disaster Preparedness for Coastal Cities of North Africa (WB)

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Other

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Oceans and coastal areas

Other

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Produces action plan of measures to lower potential loss from extreme events.          

Projects

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.

Climate Investment Funds - Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR)

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

South America

Other

Other

Provides short-term finance to climate-resilient national development programmes.

Reports

Pilot Projects on Uses of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture to put Strategic Plans into Action to Promote Sustainable Use and Management of Land for Adaptation to Climate Variability (FAO) 

Intergovernmental

Least Developed Countries

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Other

Implements pilot projects with farmers to enhance food productivity and livelihood stability. Builds capacity of farmers to maintain measures through training in technologies to reduce their vulnerability.

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 

Regional Coordination on Natural Resources Management and Capacity Building (WB)

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Water resources

Capacity building

Other

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Development of regional knowledge of natural resources status and management options with the objective of reducing degradation and adapting to climate change.

Egypt - Second Phase Report

Regional Instruments for Adaptation to Climate Change by the Health Sector (IDB)

Intergovernmental

South America

Human health

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Other

Develops regional vulnerability index and scenarios and surveillance tools for monitoring effects of  climate change on health. Designs sustainable programs to integrate health and climate concerns based on the Columbian example.    

Documents

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

Review of the Economics of Climate Change in South America (UN-CEPAL)

Intergovernmental

South America

Oceans and coastal areas

Other

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Other

Conducts an economic analysis of the impacts of climate change in South America. Provides a platform for cooperation between South American states on climate change and identifies appropriate policy responses.

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

CARICOM initiative - Special Program on Adaptation to Climate Change: Implementation of adaptation measures in coastal zones (SPACC)

Intergovernmental

Small Island Developing States

Oceans and coastal areas

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Other

Designs and implements pilots adaptation plans and investment measures, integrating lessons learned from previous projects, aimed at mitigating climate change impacts on biodiversity and land degradation.

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.

Support to Policy Consultation and Actions to boost Sustainable Use of Water and Energy Resources for Agricultural Production and Livelihood Improvement in the Near East and North Africa Region in the context of Climate Change

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Asia-Pacific

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Other

Water resources

Capacity building

Other

Enhances decision-maker and public knowledge of water and energy in the context of climate change and develops capacity to formulate policy and management initiatives.                     

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