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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

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. 

Construction of the Eastern Drainage Tunnel (CONAGUA)

Governmental

Caribbean and Central America

Water resources

Other

Allows the deficit in the rainwater evacuation capacity to be complemented during rainfall, as well as the alternate maintenance of the deep drainage during the dry season.

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

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

ECPAmericas project - Peace Corps Renewable Energy and Climate Change Initiative

Governmental

Intergovernmental

Caribbean and Central America

Small Island Developing States

Other

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Other

Cooperative knowledge and technology transfer to facilitate implementation of climate-smart and energy efficiency actions by governments, private sector and civil society.

Outputs:

Effective Adaptation Strategies and Risk Reduction towards Economic and Climatic Shocks: Lessons from the coffee crisis in Meso-America (IAI)

Academic

Non-Governmental

Private

Europe

South America

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Other

Identifies effective adaptation strategies to build resilience in livelihoods and social networks. Facilitates decision-makers-stakeholder discussions on policy.  

Publications
Policy Brief

Eldis - Adaptation dossier

Academic

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

South America

Asia-Pacific

Education and training

Education

Knowledge management

Summarizing current thinking on climate adaptation issues with access to relevant and up to date resources and publications sorted according to theme or region.

Example publications

 

Energy and Resource Institute Activities
(TERI)

Academic

Non-Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Education

Communication and awareness raising

Conducting assessments of vulnerability and sharing these with local communities through an "Information Sharing System".

Example publications
Adaptation to Climate Change in the context of Sustainable Development

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.

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

ETC Foundation Activities

Non-Governmental

Europe

Water resources

Education and training

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Knowledge management

Communication and awareness raising

Promoting sustainable water management and better resilience to natural events through demonstration projects, workshops and assessments.

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

European Commission Activities
(EC)

Intergovernmental

Governmental

Europe

Least Developed Countries

Africa and the Arab States

Small Island Developing States

Terrestrial ecosystems

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Water resources

Knowledge management

Financial support

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Education

Integrating adaptation into existing community policies, funding instruments and research and expanding the knowledge base on adaptation, as well as integrating European society into future adaptation actions.

Strategy
Green Paper on Adaptation in Europe

Open Consultation
EU Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction in Developing Countries

Example legislation

Example activities

Funding
Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA)

European Commission Joint Research Centre Activities
(JRC)

Academic

Europe

Education and training

Education

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) provides scientific support for the development and monitoring of European policies in the area of regional and global climate change, in particular through the assessment of climate change impacts and policy responses.

Example Projects
PESETA Project on Climate Change Impacts in Europe

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

 

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.

Fiji School of Medicine Activities

Academic

Small Island Developing States

Least Developed Countries

Human health

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Piloting projects to increase health sector capacity to deal with water-related adverse health impacts in Barbados, Bhutan, China, Fiji, Jordan, Kenya and Uzbekistan.

Five-City Network to Pioneer Climate Change Adaptation in sub-Saharan Africa (IDRC)

Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Capacity building

Other

Informs on community-based best practice in adaptation to facilitate urban adaptation strategies and planning.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Activities
(FAO)

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

South America

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Education and training

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Education

Generating an information base for action (for example, data and statistics, analytical tools and models; crop forecasting and impact monitoring; information on risks related to climate variability and climate change)

Building national and local capacities for disaster risk management, reduction, and transfer with regard to extreme climate events

Working with sectoral ministries, communities and farmers to identify adaptation options which build on assessment and sustainable management of resources

Supporting linkages among global policy decisions on climate change in the context of the UNFCCC, sectoral policies, strategies and programmes relating to agriculture, forestry, fisheries (for example including mainstreaming into National Programmes for Food Security) and local adaptation action at community level (e.g. combining climate risk management and resilience building of livelihoods and ecosystems, supported by sectoral line ministries through research, extension and communication for development).

Action Pledges
Six action pledges to the Nairobi Work Programme

Strategies
Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in the Food and Agriculture Sector
Climate Change & Food Security: a Framework Document

Food and Water Security under Global Change: Developing adaptive capacity with a focus on rural Africa (IFPRI)

Academic

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Water resources

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Establishes vulnerability and capacity levels with stakeholders and partners to develop policy tools. Conducts context-specific and Africa-wide rural assessments to determine response options. 

South African Initiatives

Ethiopian Initiatives 

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

From Risk to Resilience Program

Academic

Non-Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Identifying and evaluating (in terms of costs and benefits) disaster risk reduction actions in Pakistan, Nepal and India.

Example field studies

 

Frontier Research Centre for Global Change Activities

Academic

All regions

Education and training

Education

Developing projections and predictions about future climate change.

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

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