The SBSTA requested the secretariat, under the guidance of the Chair of the SBSTA, to organize, before its
twenty-seventh session, a workshop with the participation of Parties, relevant organizations, business, civil
society, decision makers and other stakeholders, to exchange information and views on existing adaptation
practices, experiences, needs, gaps, opportunities, barriers and constraints, and on the contribution of
traditional knowledge to the work on adaptation planning and practices taking into account the submissions
from Parties and relevant organizations on this subject.
The workshop took place from 10 to 12 September 2007 in Rome, Italy. It was held in collaboration with the
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The workshop enabled around 150 experts
representing developed and developing countries, along with intergovernmental and non-governmental
organizations, to share their experience in adaptation planning and practices in the areas of agriculture and
food security, water resources, coastal zones and health and on how to integrate and coordinate adaptation
across different sectors and at different levels to contribute to the overall efforts to achieve sustainable
development. Discussions were held in plenary, breakout groups and in a poster session.
Participants identified gaps and needs which currently inhibit adaptation planning and implementation, and
shared good practices for practitioners and decision-makers which can be replicated in a wide range sectors
to enable countries and communities to better plan for and design adaptation to climate change.
Participants discussed how to take forward recommendations aimed at enhancing adaptation planning and
practices. Many organizations outlined how they will pick up some of the recommendations - be it relating to
tailoring data, methods and information for users, developing guidebooks on “how to” plan and
implement adaptation, or supporting the development of legal and institutional frameworks to promote
collaboration and integration across sectors and at different levels.
Five-year programme of work of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice on impacts,
vulnerability and adaptation to climate change
Nairobi work programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change
Submissions on adaptation
planning and practices made by Parties and relevant organizations
Searchable database of the information
contained in submissions on adaptation planning and practices
information and views on adaptation planning and practices submitted by Parties and relevant
Synthesis report of
the outputs of the work of the LEG, CGE and EGTT, relevant to adaptation planning
Report on the
workshop on climate-related risks and extreme events