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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 Development Bank - Poverty and Environment Program Activities
(ADB)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Education and training

Training

Knowledge management

Helping the region’s economies enhance their resilience to climate change by assisting governments to : (i) incorporate vulnerability risks into national development strategies and actions; (ii) increase climate resilience of vulnerable sectors such as water and agriculture; (iii) ‘climate proof’ investment projects ; and (iv) address social dimensions of adaptation - in particular, poverty alleviation.

Example output
Poverty-Environment Net

Asian Development Bank Project search
(ADB)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Education and training

Financial support

Technical advice, knowledge and funding for environmentally sustainable growth, in particular in building resilience to natural hazards amongst the region's poor.

Publications

Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre Activities
(ADPC)

Non-Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Education and training

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Training

Reduces the impact of disasters on communities by training middle and senior management, clearing and managing information on disaster preparedness in Asia and disseminating this widely, and adaptation practice in cooperation with international and national development agencies.

Example outputs

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

 

 

Assistance to Improve Local Agricultural Emergency Preparedness in Caribbean countries highly prone to hurricane-related disasters (FAO)

Governmental

Intergovernmental

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Other

Capacity building

Other

Provides participatory assessment and recommendations to facilitate the development of disaster preparedness measures. Conducts cross-scale cooperative evaluation highlighting best practices with a goal of building capacity and resilience.

Reports

At the Water’s Edge: Coastal resilience in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada (The Nature Conservancy)

Non-Governmental

Small Island Developing States

Oceans and coastal areas

Capacity building

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Other

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Assists SIDS in sustainably protecting and managing coastlines vulnerable to climate change.

Atlas of Water Vulnerability to Climate Change in Mexico (IMTA)

Governmental

Caribbean and Central America

Water resources

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Evaluates the impact of climate change in six main sectors based on the generation of climate scenarios allowing the effects of climate change on the national territory to be analysed and appreciated with great precision. Pinpointing where the availability of water resources would be reduced and to what extent.

Presentation

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:

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)  

Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies Activities
(BCAS)

Academic

Asia-Pacific

Education and training

Education

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Advancing knowledge on sustainable development and adaptation and implementing concrete action.

Example projects

 

BASIC project

Academic

Africa and the Arab States

Asia-Pacific

South America

Education and training

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Education

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Strengthening the institutional capacity of key developing countries to undertake analytical work to determine what kind of national and international climate change policies best fit within their circumstance and priorities, strengthening the bottom-up approach to international climate negotiations.

Final Report
Strengthening the capacity of developing countries to prepare for and participate in negotiations on future actions under the UNFCCC and its Kyoto Protocol

Publications

 

Biodiversity International project - Seeds for Needs

Non-Governmental

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Other

Pre-selects crops and seed varieties that are likely to perform well in changing conditions to minimise the impacts of climate change and achieve food security. 

Project
Helping women farmers in ethiopia adapt to climate change

Building Adaptive Capacity to Cope with Increasing Vulnerability due to Climate Change (ICRISAT)

Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Communication and awareness raising

Capacity building

Knowledge management

Other

Implements a capacity building intiative for institutions for the training of 'Future Change Agents'. Enhances knowledge of local scientists, organisations and decision-makers to inform on climate and adaptation issues particularly in agriculture.          

Article
Building adaptive capacity to cope with climatic vulnerability in Africa

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.

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. 

CapaSIDS: Capacity Building and Knowledge on Sustainable Responses to Climate Change in Small Island States (IDRC)

Governmental

Small Island Developing States

Other

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Capacity building

Other

Creates socio-economic and climate change scenarios to inform long-term planning and decision-making in coastal zones with a view to incorporating and mainstreaming adaptation strategies. Training is provided to urban developers on incorporating chosen adapation measures into plans.

CARE International Activities

Non-Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Asia-Pacific

Small Island Developing States

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Communication and awareness raising

Developing community-level methodologies and concrete action, developing and applying a Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment tool (CVCA) and adressing key priorities in making livelihoods sustainable, reducing disaster risk, strengthening local capacity and supporting social mobilization and advocacy. Making seperate assessments for female and male needs.

Strategies
CARE’s Approach to Adaptation: Prioritising People and Community-based Action

Additional UNFCCC resources
Local Coping Strategies Database

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.

Caribbean Water Monitor: Small island states, water resources and climate change (CIMH)

Academic

Governmental

Small Island Developing States

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Water resources

Other

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Development of an internet-based tool monitoring water resources including drought and excessive rainfall data. Provides training, capacity building and knowledge exchange opportunities to enhance decision-making.

Barbados and Trinidad Project Features

CARIBSAVE - Climate Change Risk Atlas: Phase 1

Academic

Non-Governmental

Small Island Developing States

Business

Other

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Assesses adaptive capacity of Caribbean nations through climate modeling and vulnerability evaluation. Develops response strategies to climate change impacts. Facilitates collaborative work across sectors connected with tourism and livelihoods.

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.

Catholic Agency for Overseas Development Activities
(CAFOD)

Non-Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Asia-Pacific

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Community-based adaptation projects.

Example projects

 

Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment Activities
(CSERGE)

Academic

All regions

Education and training

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Education

Interdisciplinary research in sustainable development and environment to inform UK and European decision-making and adaptation actions, with emerging focus on water issues.

Publications

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