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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

Google.org: Predict and Prevent

Private

All regions

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Education

Financial support

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Identifying future disaster hot spots and enabling a rapid response in sub-Sahara Africa and Southeast Asia.

Further documents
Initiative Brief

Financing
Grants and Investments

Outputs
Google Earth: Climate Change in our World

Munich Climate Insurance Initiative

Private

Non-Governmental

All regions

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Education and training

Education

Knowledge management

Develops insurance-related solutions to climate change impacts and pilot-projects to implement these solutions.

Publications

Submissions to the AWG-LCA
Insurance Instruments for Adapting to Climate Risks - A proposal for the Bali Action Plan


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

Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre Activities
(ADPC)

Non-Governmental

Asia-Pacific

Education and training

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Training

Reduces the impact of disasters on communities by training middle and senior management, clearing and managing information on disaster preparedness in Asia and disseminating this widely, and adaptation practice in cooperation with international and national development agencies.

Example outputs

Global Change System for Analysis, Research and Training Activities
(START)

Non-Governmental

All regions

Education and training

Education

Knowledge management

Creating and maintaining a network of scientists from developing countries providing regional impact and vulnerability assessments to policy-makers.

Projects:

 

Pew Center on Global Climate Change Activities

Non-Governmental

North America

Education and training

Knowledge management

Education

Creating networks for mitigation and adaptation and providing policy-inputs in order to achieve solutions to climate whilst sustaining economic growth.

Example outputs

 

Zambezi Valley Development Initiative

Non-Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Education and training

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Water resources

Knowledge management

Communication and awareness raising

Develeping an indigeneous knowledge bank and consulting on sustainable development in the region for self-help projects. Identifying and assessing human (social) and ecological vulnerability impacted by increasing climate dynamics, identifying and planning strategic action to adapt to the threats posed by this vulnerability. Sectoral focus on food security, energy scarcity and sustainable development.

Projects

Climate vulnerability and adaptation in the Upper Zambezi
Valley – ‘Lyambai Vulnerability and Adaptation’ (LYVA) project

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

International Institute for Environment & Development Activities

Non-Governmental

Least Developed Countries

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Education and training

Communication and awareness raising

Training

Education

Enhancing capacity in developing countries and increasing climate - sustainable development linkages. Supporting greater CDM usage by developing countries.

Example projects:

 

International Water Management Institute Activities

 

Non-Governmental

All regions

Education and training

Water resources

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Education

Communication and awareness raising

Part of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), IWMI is a non-profit organization aiming to improve the management of land and water resources for food, livelihoods and nature through the dissemination of knowledge for water, food and environment.

LEAD International Activities

Non-Governmental

All regions

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Knowledge management

Training

Training programs and international leadership networks for sustainable development.

Example Trainings
UNDP UNEP Leadership and Skills Training for PEI Champions

Example Projects
Bali Darwin Initiative

Livelihoods connect

Non-Governmental

All regions

Education and training

Knowledge management

Training

Promoting knowledge sharing, collaboration and advocacy for promoting sustainable livelihoods, including in adaptatation to climate change.

Example project
Community drought mitigation project

Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development

Non-Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Terrestrial ecosystems

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Builds on local initiatives to capitalize on renewable natural ressources to improve sustainable livelihoods.

Example project
Adaptation to Climate Change and Human Health under the CLACC Project

Wetlands International Activities

Non-Governmental

All regions

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Water resources

Education

Integrating wetlands conservation and restoration into adaptation.

Sample leaflet
Understanding linkages between mangrove forests and livelihoods

World Agroforestry Centre Activities

Non-Governmental

All regions

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Knowledge management

Training

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Education

Communication and awareness raising

Steering agroforestry from capacity-building and knowledge exchange through to implementation at national and community levels.

Example projects

 

ProVentium Consortium Activities

Non-Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

Small Island Developing States

South America

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Education

Training

Knowledge management

Integrating disaster risk reduction into development planning and financing as part of the Hyogo Framework for Action.

Example outputs

 

The Nature Conservancy Activities

Non-Governmental

North America

Asia-Pacific

Terrestrial ecosystems

Oceans and coastal areas

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Adapting key ecosystems to the impacts of climate change and pushing for public policy supporting adaptation of nature.

Example Projects

 

The Netherlands Climate Assistance Programme

Non-Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

South America

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Communication and awareness raising

Training

Education

Assisting developing countries in drafting strategies to respond to the impacts of climate change, as well as bringing these into the UNFCCC process.

Example output

West Africa Writeshop on Climate Change and Water Management in West Africa

weADAPT Collaborating group on climate adaptation

Non-Governmental

All regions

Education and training

Knowledge management

Engaging adaptation professionals into developing a common knowledge base for adaptation.

World Conservation Union Activities
(IUCN)

Non-Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Water resources

Terrestrial ecosystems

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Building the capacity of natural ecosystems to adapt to climate change (coral reefs, river basins).

Example publication

 

World Resources Institute - Vulnerability & Adaptation database

Non-Governmental

All regions

Education and training

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

135 examples of adaptation projects sorted according to various geographical and procedural criteria.

Synthesis publication
Weathering the Storm: Options for Framing Adaptation and Development

World Wildlife Fund International Activities
(WWF)

Non-Governmental

All regions

Education and training

Water resources

Knowledge management

Training

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Developing and implementing resistance projects with stakeholder groups, including local communities, national, regional and local government agencies, WWF national organisations and other local conservation and research groups (universities, climate institutes, ecologists, conservation biologists, hydrologists and others).

Example publications


Case Studies and Publications

 

Practical Action Activities

Non-Governmental

Africa and the Arab States

Asia-Pacific

Least Developed Countries

South America

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Water resources

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Engaging into practical action at community level to assist very vulnerable people in adaptation.

Additional UNFCCC resources
Local Coping Strategies Database

Example projects

 

Rockefeller Foundation Activities

Non-Governmental

Asia-Pacific

North America

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Financial support

Knowledge management

Training

Communication and awareness raising

Creating robust action models of climate change resilience for poor and vulnerable people; Funding, promoting, and disseminating those models; Increasing pressure on funders, practitioners, and policy-makers to support increased funding and action for climate change resilience for poor and vulnerable people.

Projects

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