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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

United Nations Development Programme Activities (UNDP)

Intergovernmental

All regions

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Education and training

Training

Communication and awareness raising

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Education

Providing guidance on integrating adaptation into UN programming, national development planning and providing an adaptation learning mechanism. Focussing on climate risk “hot spots” to enable climate-resilient development built upon a goal of pro-poor and pro-growth adaptation that supports sustainable economic development and livelihoods. Reducing climate vulnerabilities and improving adaptive capacity.

Outputs

Example Publications
UNDP Human Development Report 2007/2008 - full report

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

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

UNESCO - IHE Institute for Water Education Activities

Intergovernmental

All regions

Education and training

Water resources

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Training

Education

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Research, education and capacity building activities in the fields of water, environment and infrastructure

 

United Nations Institute for Training and Research Activities
(UNITAR)

Intergovernmental

All regions

Education and training

Training

Supports country-driven capacity building initiatives and serves as a rapid and efficient implementation tool for the work of the UNFCCC with GEF Implementing Agencies and other bilateral donors. Assists in enhancing or creating regional pools of expertise in the developing world giving priority to Southern research institutions and NGOs that have expertise in the area of climate change and are committed to building capacity at the national and regional level. Promotes the work of partner organizations, assists in their fund raising, and facilitates efficient and secure communication between partners.

Summary Reports
Report of Activities

Projects

 

ISDR, UNDP and OCHA - Capacity for Disaster Reduction Initiative
(CADRI)

Intergovernmental

All regions

Education and training

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Water resources

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Training

Communication and awareness raising

Education

Providing knowledge services (training, webpages, promotion materials), material services (exchange and lessons learned, capacity development tools and processes, learning materials), guidance and country and regional support to strengthen the integration of disaster reduction into country and regional policies through UN country teams.

 

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.

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.

Helio International - Climate Proofing Energy Systems: Vulnerability-Adaptation-Resilience

Intergovernmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Other

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Other

Assesses and monitors the vulnerability of energy systems and identify adaptation potentials. Develops strategies to facilitate progression to low-carbon energy supply systems. Improves climate-smart evaluation capacity of countries for energy needs including consideration of ecosystem services associated with the energy sector.

Global Report
Climate Proofing Energy Systems: Global Report

Energy Systems Country Reports

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 

    
     

WorldFish Center - Enhancing Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change Impacts through well-managed Water Use for Aquaculture integrated with small-scaled Irrigation in the Chinyanja Triangle in Africa

Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Least Developed Countries

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Other

Develops practices and expands knowledge on the integration of water management and aquaculture concerns into food security strategies with the aim of reducing the impact of climate change on vulnerable households.

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 

Impacts of Climate Change and Watershed Development on whole-of-basin Agricultural Water Security in the Krishna and Murray-Darling Basins (ACIAR)

Academic

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Water resources

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Other

Investigates water security strategies to support food production and livelihood sustainability at the basin level by considering climate change and watershed development impacts.                              

Progress reports
Impacts of climate change and watershed development

Review of the Economics of Climate Change in South America (UN-CEPAL)

Intergovernmental

South America

Oceans and coastal areas

Other

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Other

Conducts an economic analysis of the impacts of climate change in South America. Provides a platform for cooperation between South American states on climate change and identifies appropriate policy responses.

Protection of Population Centers Program (CONAGUA)

Governmental

Caribbean and Central America

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Aims to prevent risk and respond to the effects caused by floods in population centers through feasibility studies and construction of infrastructure.

Project to Strengthen Integrated Water Resources Management in Mexico (PREMIA) (CONAGUA; WMO)

Governmental

Intergovernmental

Caribbean and Central America

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Knowledge management

Collaborative implementation of activities in thematic areas for Integrated Water Resource Management and for climate change  adaptation of the water sector through technical and financial support. Further continuation of actions aiming institutional strengthening, capacity development, development of products and services for water sector adaptation. 

Documents

Studies to characterize the regions of the country according to climate change

Governmental

Intergovernmental

Caribbean and Central America

Water resources

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Knowledge management

Diagnoses each of the 13 river basin organizations in terms of climate trends, water management and expected changes in hydrological dynamics, vulnerabilities.  Analyses general scenarios and expected impacts of climate change.

Government of Australia Activities

Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Terrestrial ecosystems

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Water resources

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Financial support

Education

Increasing scientific knowledge of climate change impacts at regional and national level, enhancing adaptation through national policies, disaster risk reduction work and partnerships with the private sector. Concrete adaptation action in the agricultural sector, human settlements, coastal zones, biodiversity and health.

Climate Knowledge at the Regional Level (Pacific)


National and Sub-national Strategies

Public-Private Partnership
Climate Change Impacts and Risk Management: A Guide for Business and Government

Sectoral Action

Government of Belgium Activities

Governmental

Europe

Oceans and coastal areas

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Water resources

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Education

Integrating adaptation into water management at sub-regional levels, including Walloon and Brussels.

Example strategies
Sigma Plan for flood protection and control

Research practices
Experiments

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

Government of Germany Activities

Governmental

Europe

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Terrestrial ecosystems

Oceans and coastal areas

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Education

Knowledge management

Generating additional knowledge on climate change adaptation at regional and national levels, better coastal zone management, protecting biodiversity, disaster preparedness and improving spatial planning.

Strategies


National Assessment

High-Resolution Impact Study

Regional Impact studies

 

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.

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

Government of Cyprus Activities

Governmental

Europe

Education and training

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Oceans and coastal areas

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Combatting water shortage through better water management and desalination plants and new and improved irrigation techniques.

Academic Assessments
Climate Change: Impacts and Adaptation Strategies in the Eastern Mediterranean

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