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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

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

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.

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

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


Government of Italy Activities

Governmental

Europe

Water resources

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Action on adaptation in combatting desertification, alpine protection, agriculture, coastal protection and human health. National and local action plans. Heat Health Watch Warning System (HHWWS). Heat-Health Action Plan

Academic Assessment
Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Strategies in Italy: An Economic Assessment

Action Plans
National Action Plan to Combat Desertification and Drought

Projects

Government of Latvia Activities

Governmental

Europe

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Financial support

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Education

Financing environmental protection investments, integrating adaptation into health, agriculture and national security conceptions, at all government levels including local. Hyrdological and metereological information and assessment.

Funding

 

Government of Malta Activities

Governmental

Europe

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Adaptation in the water sector (coastal zones) and development of new water management technologies.

Example projects

 

Government of New Zealand Activities

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Financial support

Partnerships with key sectors for water and coastal issues, biodiversity, maintaining public infrastructure (such as transport, telecommunications and energy supply), and primary production (ie, agriculture, including fostering appropriate land-use development and planning). Supporting and encouraging industries and communities in vulnerable sectors and regions to engage in early planning. Integrating adaptation into Flood Risk Management and the Sustainable Water Programme.

Climate Change Strategy
New Zealand's Climate Change Solutions, including adaptation

Sectoral Assessments and Strategies


Regional Assessments by indicator

Example projects

Tools

 

Government of the United States Activities

Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

North America

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Education and training

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Financial support

Education

Integrating climate information into disaster relief management, training developing countries in climate adaption in the farming sector, reducing pacific island vulnerability to climate change, increasing knowledge on climate impacts and adaptation at regional level (Alaska, California, the Carolinas and others). Providing NASA observations to development planning through SERVIR. Thematic and sectoral programs at national level.

Example Projects

Research Publications

 

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

Groundwater in Sub-Saharan Africa: Implications for Food Security and Livelihoods (WMI)

Academic

Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Water resources

Other

Design a groundwater strategy for sub-Saharan Africa considering availability, sustainability and constraints of developing the resource as well as use and adaptation considerations.                                     Country Reports 


Papers

Integrated and Sustainable Management of Transboundary Water Resources in the Amazon River Basin Considering Climate Variability and Change (UNEP)

Intergovernmental

Small Island Developing States

South America

Water resources

Capacity building

Other

Enhances transboundary cooperative river basin water resource management through technical-institutional mechanisms. Develops and disseminate knowledge on risk and strategies to address them.                     

Reports (Spanish)

URAdapt - Managing Water in the Rural–Urban Interface: the key to climate change resilient cities

Academic

Non-Governmental

Water resources

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Knowledge management

Other

Develops hydrological scenarios, including impacts on planning and under changing conditions to advise decision-making. Engages stakeholders to exchange knowledge on climate-resilient cities.   

Publication:
Looking upstream and down: Addressing climate change impacts in Accra and Addis Ababa
 

Promoting Cooperation to Adapt to Climate Change in the Chu-Talas Transboundary Basin (UNDP)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Water resources

Other

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Capacity building

Develops scenarios and models on potential climate change impacts on water resources. Cooperative vulnerability and environmental impact assessments conducted and measures jointly agreed upon.

Regional Coordination on Natural Resources Management and Capacity Building (WB)

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Water resources

Capacity building

Other

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Development of regional knowledge of natural resources status and management options with the objective of reducing degradation and adapting to climate change.

Egypt - Second Phase Report

Re-thinking Water Storage for Climate Change Adaptation in Sub-Saharan Africa (IWMI)

Academic

Non-Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Other

Creates guidance documentation on the integration of climate change into planning and management of water in agriculture with a view to reducing risk and building resilience.

Running Dry: Empowering poor people to manage water in arid and semi-arid lands (GWI)

Non-Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Water resources

Other

Implements community-based, gender-balanced integrated water resource management (IWRM) projects to provide safe water and improve overall wellbeing.

East Africa Accomplishments
 

South Asia Water Initiative (SAWI)

Intergovernmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Water resources

Capacity building

Other

Platform for international cooperation to develop knowledge, investment and institutions relating to water resources at the basin level.

 
Report
2011 SAWI Annual Report

Strengthening the Role of Civil Society in Water Governance in African Cities: Durban, Maputo, Nairobi (IDRC)

Academic

Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Water resources

Other

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Capacity building

Other

Produces research on vulnerability, perception and institutional processes in relation to climate change. This informs the development of practical strategies to enhance resilience with a view to upscaling nationally.

Newsletter

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

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

Government of Germany - Transboundary Water Management in Central Asia

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Water resources

Communication and awareness raising

Capacity building

Knowledge management

Other

Provides knowledge and training to develop sustainable and equitable water resource management for Central Asian countries. Established forums for international dialogue and knowledge exchange and experience. Provides financing for selected project actions.

Component:
Regional Dialogue and Cooperation in Water Resources Management

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.
 

Government of United States - Water Supply, Sanitation, and Hygiene Infrastructure Program

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Water resources

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Locates finance resources for infrastructure improvement and reform water and sanitation utilities to build efficiency, viability, security and service provision. Develops community health initiatives in line with water and sanitation programmes.

Project

National Program of Potential Water Reserves for the Environment in Mexico (CONAGUA)

Governmental

Caribbean and Central America

Water resources

Terrestrial ecosystems

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Knowledge management

Financial support

Collaborative partnership for determination and prioritization of water reserves to ensure ecosystems conservation. Provides the basis for declaration of basins as water reserves.

Publications

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