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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

AAP: Africa Adaptation Program

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Other

Capacity building

Other

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Scientific, technical and financial knowledge and investment to enhance government capabilities to mainstream climate change adaptation into frameworks and policies.  

Projects

Adaptation for Smallholders to Climate Change (AdapCC)

Private

Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Caribbean and Central America

Least Developed Countries

South America

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Business

Capacity building

Other

Facilitates the integration of adaptation strategies into small scale tea and coffee production. Provides practical training, knowledge sharing and partnership development with the goal of diversifying income, building resilience and promoting ecosystem sustainability.

Reports

Adaptation Knowledge Platform (Asia Region)

Academic

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Other

Capacity building

Other

Collaborative partnership that supports research and capacity building across Asia. Facilitates inter-disciplinary knowledge exchange to develop knowledge of climate change across scales and assist policy makers.

Publications

Adaptation Learning Programme (CARE: PECCN)

Non-Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Other

Capacity building

Other

Provides context-based, community-owned adaptation strategies. Integrates local and scientific climate knowledge into adaptation strategies. Develops civil society partnerships to include marginalised groups.

Reports

Adaptation of Land Use to Climate Change in Sub-Saharan Africa (ALUCSSA)

Academic

Least Developed Countries

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Other

Develops projections of climate change scenarios for Sub-Saharan Africa and evaluates impact to land systems. Assesses sustainability of land-based livelihood practices and provides practical adaptation recommendations.

Adaptation to Climate Change in the Hindu Kush Himalayas and Central Asia

Academic

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Other

Identified adaptation needs through a feasibility study. Facilitates the development of cross-boundary cooperation with a view to assessing climate change impacts.

Project
Too Much-Too Little Water

Adaptation to Climate Change of Wheat and Potatoes Productive Systems (IADB)

Governmental

Intergovernmental

South America

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Capacity building

Other

Facilitates selection and production of climate-resilient genotypes for local implementation with the aim of strengthening adaptive capacity in South America.

Project documents (Spanish)

Adaptation to Climate Change: Responding to coastline change and its human dimensions in West Africa through Integrated Coastal (GEF)

Governmental

Intergovernmental

Small Island Developing States

Least Developed Countries

Oceans and coastal areas

Other

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Implements context-specific training and evaluation measures to increase adaptive capacity. Integrates monitoring and capacity considerations into planning processes and policies. Awareness raising activities to enhance knowledge and cooperation in climate change adaptation across scales. Develops sustainable practices to reduce ecosystem deterioration and promote livelihood resilience.                            

Project Document
Integrated Coastal Area Management in West Africa

Adaptation to the Impact of Rapid Glacier Retreat in the Tropical Andes Project - (PRAA Project - GEF)

Governmental

Intergovernmental

South America

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Water resources

Capacity building

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Guides governmental and civil society groups on the integration of strategies to reduce water consumption in both the consumer and industrial sectors. Develops relationships between countries and institutions to ensure mainstreaming of adaptation in procedures involving the project. Monitoring, technical, and implementation services for projects and planning.

 

Adaptation to the Impacts of Sea Level Rise in the Nile Delta Coastal Zone (IDRC)

Academic

Africa and the Arab States

Oceans and coastal areas

Capacity building

Other

Conducts research into adaptation strategies and their economic costs and  produces policy guidance with the aim of reducing vulnerability.  

Programs
Facing the tide: Weighing options to protect Egypt's Nile Delta coast

AdaptCap-Climate Proofing Vulnerable Coastal Communities

Non-Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Oceans and coastal areas

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Water resources

Capacity building

Communication and awareness raising

Disaster risk reduction

Monitoring and evaluation

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Training

The project “AdaptCap – Strengthening Adaptation Capacities and Minimizing Risks of Vulnerable Coastal Communities in India” financed by the European Commission set out to strengthen the adaptation capacities of vulnerable coastal communities in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu (India) and minimize their climate change-related risks using an integrated approach. The three-year initiative was implemented by the Indo-German Environment Partnership Programme of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ-IGEP) in partnership with four Indian and international partners (AVVAI Village Welfare Society, Academy of Gandhian Studies, adelphi, and ICLEI South Asia).

Projects:

Adapting Fishing Policy to Climate Change with the Aid of Scientific and Endogenous Knowledge (IDRC)

Non-Governmental

Small Island Developing States

Least Developed Countries

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Capacity building

Other

Platform to share scientific and indigenous knowledge across sectors, disciplines and regions with the aim of improving fishing practices and policy to reduce vulnerability to climate change.

Adaptating Fishing Policy to Climate Change

Adapting the Framework of Forestry Policy to meet the needs of climate change in the MENA region (GIZ)

Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Terrestrial ecosystems

Other

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Provides training for related sectors to enhance understanding of the connections between the environment, climate change and poverty. Provides policy advice for decision-makers and implementers that integrates academic findings. Invests in media to raise awareness of climate change impacts.

Reports

Advancing Capacity for Climate Change Adaptation (ACCCA)

Academic

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Asia-Pacific

Other

Capacity building

Other

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Raises awareness of climate change impacts amongst stakeholders. Providing sectoral training enhance knowledge and develop a risk communication process. Assesses vulnerability and develop suitable adaptation measures in a participatory manner.

Actions

Advancing Capacity to Support Climate Change Adaptation
(ACCCA Project)

Academic

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Education and training

Financial support

Drawing on lessons learned on communicating climate risk information to decision-makers. Informing effective decision-making on reducing vulnerability through a series of pilot projects funded through the project.

Outputs
Pilot Actions Database

 

AFDB - Lake Chad Sustainable Development Support Program (PRODEBALT)

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Other

Capacity building

Other

Provides funding to develop sustainable technical actions for Lake Chad and increase its productivity.

African Development Bank Activities
(AFDB)

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Education and training

Financial support

Training

Designing climate risk and adaptation interventions, funding and co-funding adaptation projects, and conducting in-house training and awareness raising. Joint coordination (with AUC, GCOS and ECA) of the Action Plan for Africa on Climate Information for Development Needs.

Example Projects
Malawi Climate Adaptation for Rural Livelihoods and Agriculture

Strategies
Climate Information for Development Needs: An Action Plan for Africa (ClimDev Africa)
See also GCOS ClimDev Africa webpage

 

 

AIRD lágence - Interdisciplinary and Participative Research on Interactions between Ecosystems, Climate and Societies in West Africa

Academic

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

Terrestrial ecosystems

Other

Builds scientific capacity of African researchers to explore an interdisciplinary approach to development research. Facilitates networking between stakeholders engaged in climate change.  

Projects (French):

Altering the Climate of Poverty under Climate Change: The forests of Congo Basin (IDRC and CIFOR)

Academic

Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Other

Reviews adaptation priorities and policies and ensure engagement of stakeholders in forest management. Provides monitoring, evaluation and outreach services with the aim of ensuring sustainable forest use.     

Report
Setting priorities and strategies for adaptation with the forests to climate change

An Ecosystems Approach to Managing Water and Health in the Context of Climate Change: Adaptive strategies to drought and flooding in four West African countries (CSRS)

Academic

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Human health

Water resources

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Establishes a regional platform for cooperation on climate change impacts in West Africa.

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

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

Asia-Pacific Community-based Adaptation Small Grants Program

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Other

Other

Provides funding for community-based projects aimed at building resilience to climate change. Establishes a platform for knowledge sharing and collaboration.

Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research Activities
(APN)

Academic

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Education and training

Knowledge management

Education

Funding network for research and capacity-building to improve links between science and policy in Asia-Pacific Region.

Example projects

 

Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (Rockefeller Foundation)

Non-Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Capacity building

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Other

Conducts learning and capacity exchange to address multi-sector impacts of climate change. Assesses and develops resilience planning and adaptation methods to reduce vulnerability.

Projects
Urban Climate Change Resilience

Documents

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