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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

CIP project - Participatory Development and Testing Strategies to Reduce Climate Variability of Poor Farm Households in East Africa through Innovations in Potato and Sweet Potato Technologies and Enabling Policies

Academic

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Other

Designs long-term technology and policy strategies to reduce the climate vulnerability of famers. Develops capacity to integrate research methods into analysis of farmer ability to adapt.

Project Proposal
 

Cities in Asia Develop Climate Change Adaptation Plans (ICLEI)

Academic

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Capacity building

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Develops awareness and knowledge on adaptation and the capacity to act. Facilitates long-term collaborative actions between academics and decision-makers to establish local impacts of climate change and project future scenarios. Develops decision-making aids for adaptation strategies.

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 Change Adaptation and Integration into Integrated Water Resource Management (UNEP)

Governmental

Intergovernmental

Caribbean and Central America

Water resources

Capacity building

Other

Conducts context-specific adaptation training sessions for stakeholders. Develops and demonstrate tools for designing climate scenarios. Strengthens networks between sectors to facilitate knowledge and resource sharing.

Final Report

Climate Change Adaptation in Africa (CCAA)

Academic

Africa and the Arab States

Education and training

Capacity building

Knowledge management

Education

Improving the capacity of African countries to adapt to climate change in ways that benefit the most vulnerable and working to establish a self-sustained African body of expertise on adaptation that responds to needs defined by African communities, decision makers, and institutions.

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

Climate Change and Agriculture in Africa

Academic

Africa and the Arab States

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Education and training

Education

Communication and awareness raising

Assesses economic impacts of climate change in Africa and determines costs and benefits of various adaptation options, to lead to databases, capacity building and knowledge exchange.

Example output
Country studies

Climate Change and Biodiversity Information in the Tropical Andes (IADB)

Academic

Non-Governmental

South America

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Terrestrial ecosystems

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Other

Develops regional information exchange mechanism on climate and biodiversity including training and education components. Advocates for mainstreaming of climate and biodiversity concerns into national policies.

Plan of Operations (Spanish) 

Climate Change and Irrigated Agriculture: Towards a better understanding of driving forces and feedbacks between decision makers and biophysical environments and their impacts on hydrological cycle and land use (IAI)

Academic

South America

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Water resources

Other

Interdisciplinary research into climatic and land use impacts in agriculture, water rights, demands and usage, and adaptive capacity of stakeholders. Projected future scenarios and anticipated potential adaptation measures.

Findings
Climate change and irrigated agriculture

Climate Change Capacity Development Project
(C3D)

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

South America

Small Island Developing States

Education and training

Training

Knowledge management

Training of trainers for vulnerability and adaptation, to disseminate expertise and build the capacity of governmental experts.

Example output
Trainer's Guide

Climate Change Impacts on Biodiversity in the Tropical Andes: Climate risk, vulnerability and decision making tools for the planning of conservation (IAI)

Academic

Non-Governmental

South America

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Terrestrial ecosystems

Cross-country research into climate risk for local-scale biodiversity. Development of context-specific adaptation measures.

Climate Change in a Living Landscape: Vulnerability and Adaptation in the Eastern Cordillera Real of Colombia, Ecuador and Peru (WWF)

Non-Governmental

South America

Terrestrial ecosystems

Other

Cross-country cooperative initiative to address ecosystem concerns and promote sustainable livelihoods. National and local objectives identified to address adaptation needs.

Vulnerability Report

Climate Change Information Resources - New York Metropolitan Region

Academic

North America

Education and training

Education

Knowledge management

Communication and awareness raising

The CCIR-NYC is a communication platform for urban policy- and decision-makers and NY residents in order to improve their capacity to respond to the impacts of climate change.

Climate Change Vulnerability Evaluation of Coastal and Marine Areas (RIOCC)

Caribbean and Central America

Small Island Developing States

South America

Oceans and coastal areas

Capacity building

Communication and awareness raising

Monitoring and evaluation

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Conducts economic analysis of the impacts of climate change in South American coastal areas. Aims to develop the PIACC framework for analysis and reduction of human and environmental vulnerability to climate change.

Climate Institute Activities

Non-Governmental

North America

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

The Climate Institute mobilizes policy-makers and experts to adapt to the impacts of climate change through public policy.

Projects
Florida Adaptation & Protection Program

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

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 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.

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

 

Coastal and Marine Resources Management in the Coral Triangle of the Pacific (under the Pacific Alliance for Sustainability Program and the Coral Triangle Initiative)

Academic

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Oceans and coastal areas

Capacity building

Other

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Assesses the needs for, and designs, a plan for the implementation of integrated and ecosystem-based coastal and marine resources management.

Coastal and Marine Resources Management in the Coral Triangle: Southeast Asia (ADB)

Governmental

Intergovernmental

Non-Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Oceans and coastal areas

Capacity building

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Strengthens capacity to maintain long-term strategies in conservation and sustainable management of coastal and marine sources in the Coral Triangle.

Coffee Under Pressure: Climate change and adaptation in Mesoamerica (CIAT)

Academic

Caribbean and Central America

South America

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Builds livelihood resilience through assessing climate change impacts on socio-economic factors, identifying climate-smart crops, evaluating adaptation options and engaging stakeholders.

Final Reports 

    
     

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Activities

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Education and training

Education

Knowledge management

Training

Making adaptation one of Australia's national research priorities ("flagships"), establishing a network of scientists, coordinating research and feeding into policy-making.

Commonwealth Secretariat Activities

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Education and training

Knowledge management

Helping vulnerable commonwealth states to identify ways of adapting socially and economically to the impacts of climate change. Strengthening participation in the UNFCCC, using Commonwealth networks to better coordinate adaptation, and strengthening better land-use management.

Strategy
Lake Victoria Commonwealth Climate Change Action Plan

Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change in Africa (ACTS)

Academic

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Other

Capacity building

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Other

Engages stakeholders at all levels to facilitate adaptation and capacity building strategies for vulnerable communities in 8 African countries. Practical demonstrations and knowledge and technology sharing is provided to raise awareness and empower stakeholders.

Country Projects

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