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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

Sustainable Management of the Water Resources of the La Plata Basin with Respect to the Effects of Climate Variability and Change (UNEP)

Intergovernmental

South America

Water resources

Capacity building

Other

Produces a Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis and Strategic Action Plan to ensure river basin development is socially and economically sustainable and can adapt to climate change. Will improve the capacity of countries and institutions to maintain these long-term.

Publications

TACC: Territorial Approach to Climate Change (UN)

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

South America

Other

Capacity building

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Engages with local government to improve access to climate science and resources and develop climate strategies and plans for their area. Designs a framework for cross-sectoral dialogue to address climate change.

The Economics of Climate Change in Central America–Phase II (UN-CEPAL)

Intergovernmental

Caribbean and Central America

Oceans and coastal areas

Other

Country-specific assessments of the economic and social costs resulting from projected physical damages if climate change adaptation measures are not adopted. Develops appropriate adaptation mechanisms and encourages a low-carbon economy.                                               

Project document
The economics of climate change

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

Utilization of Potato Genetic Diversity as Tool to Adaptation to Climate Change (IADB)

Intergovernmental

South America

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Other

Adapts potato production systems to increase resiliency under climate change. Contributes to mitigation plans for high Andes communities.

Document (Spanish)
Regional plan of operations

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.
 

Regional Policy Dialog (RPD) on Water and Climate Change Adaptation in the Americas (RDP)

Intergovernmental

Governmental

Non-Governmental

Academic

Private

North America

South America

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Capacity building

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Financial support

Multi-stakeholder platform that enhances water-based climate change adaptation by formulating policy recommendations, drawing up of inventory of water and climate change adaptaton actions, organization of events.

Presentations

Dialogs for Water and Climate Change (D4WCC) (CONAGUA)

Intergovernmental

Governmental

Non-Governmental

Academic

Private

All regions

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Multilateral partnership aiming to raise awareness of the importance of water resources management for climate change adaptation and provide platform for knowledge sharing and generating common understanding.

Output

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.

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

Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre

Governmental

Europe

North America

Education and training

Oceans and coastal areas

Water resources

Education

Training

Produces expertly-trained adaptation scientists and broadens the knowledge base on Antarctica and Southern Ocean variability.

Example publication
Bioregionalisation of the Southern Ocean: Report of Experts Workshop

Projects
Climate Futures

Government of Austria Activities

Governmental

Europe

Water resources

Human health

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Terrestrial ecosystems

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Knowledge management

Education

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Building further knowledge and undertaking concrete adaptation action in the water and agriculture sectors.

Example projects

Government of Belgium Activities

Governmental

Europe

Oceans and coastal areas

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Water resources

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Education

Integrating adaptation into water management at sub-regional levels, including Walloon and Brussels.

Example strategies
Sigma Plan for flood protection and control

Research practices
Experiments

European Environment Agency Activities
(EEA)

Intergovernmental

Governmental

Europe

Terrestrial ecosystems

Oceans and coastal areas

Tourism

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Water resources

Education

Communication and awareness raising

Training

Assessing regional impacts of climate change, including various sectors such as water and tourism, cost-benefit analysis and continous monitoring.

Publications

 

Government of Germany Activities

Governmental

Europe

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Terrestrial ecosystems

Oceans and coastal areas

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Education

Knowledge management

Generating additional knowledge on climate change adaptation at regional and national levels, better coastal zone management, protecting biodiversity, disaster preparedness and improving spatial planning.

Strategies


National Assessment

High-Resolution Impact Study

Regional Impact studies

 

ESPACE project

Governmental

Europe

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Water resources

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Integrating adaptation into spatial planning with a focus on water management, faciliating the exchange of knowledge between the project partners through workshops.

Online ressources
ESPACE library

Government of Cyprus Activities

Governmental

Europe

Education and training

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Oceans and coastal areas

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Combatting water shortage through better water management and desalination plants and new and improved irrigation techniques.

Academic Assessments
Climate Change: Impacts and Adaptation Strategies in the Eastern Mediterranean

Government of Finland Activities

Governmental

Europe

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Water resources

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Education

Implementing adaptation as part of the National Adaptation Strategy in the Water Sector (better water management and increased dam discharge capacity), agriculture, transport and forestry with a long-term view of integrating adaptation into all national planning.

Research Programs
Climate Change Adaptation Research Program ISTO

Government of France Activities

Governmental

Europe

Human health

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Water resources

Education and training

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Education

Training

Adaptation plans at national and regional level, sectoral action and improved response capacity to extreme events like heat waves. Improved research on climate change impacts and prediction.

Research Programs
National Observatory on Climate Change Impacts

Action Programs
Plan Canicule for heatwave response

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.

Hadley Centre for Climate Change Activities

Governmental

Europe

Education and training

Communication and awareness raising

Education

Providing weather projections and early warning on extreme weather events, providing weather data sets.

Outputs and Databases

 

Government of Hungary Activities

Governmental

Europe

Water resources

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Disseminating information on adaptation practice and adjusting river basin management to climate.

Example projects

Arctic Council Activities

Governmental

Europe

North America

Education and training

Education

Assessing the impacts of climate change in the Arctic region.

Output
ACIA Scientific Report

Government of Ireland Activities

Governmental

Europe

Water resources

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Inter-basin water transfer from Lough Ree on the Shannon to Dublin City.

Strategy


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