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Call for Action 05 - Adaptation planning and practices

Examples in alphabetical order

Subnational level

  • The Community Based Adaptation Exchange website created by Eldis and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) provides a range of information on community based adaptation, including how community based adaptation techniques can be best applied.
  • El Salvador developed a broadly conceived strategy involving municipal and national-level authorities as well as communities, aiming to increase the coping range of people in certain rural areas through economic diversification and by enhancing their capacity to influence public policies (FCCC/SBSTA/2007/Misc.10 and Add.1).
  • The objective of the Linking Climate Adaptation (LCA) Network is to help communities, policy-makers, practitioners and academics share experiences and knowledge about adaptation to climate change.
  • The UNFCCC Local Coping Strategies database is designed to facilitate the transfer of coping strategies and mechanisms, knowledge and experience from communities that have adapted to specific hazards or climatic conditions to communities that may be starting to experience such conditions as a result of climate change.

National level

  • Examples from Parties3 include: The National Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change of Finland, the Climate Change Adaptation Programme of New Zealand, and the National Adaptation Strategy of Mexico. National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs) have also been developed in many least developed countries (LDCs).
  • The Assessments of Impacts and Adaptations to Climate Change in Multiple Regions and Sectors (AIACC) project supported 24 regional study teams to conduct three-year investigations of climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability in 46 developing countries.
  • The Climate Action Network (CAN) is a worldwide network of over 365 non-governmental organizations working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. The Adaptation track of CAN is designed to assist the most vulnerable countries (small island states and LDCs) in anticipating and limiting the effects of climate change.

Regional and international levels

  • The Adaptation Learning Mechanism is a multi-collaborator effort implemented by UNDP-GEF. It aims to create a common platform to capture, promote and share adaptation knowledge and expertise.
  • The Climate Change Capacity Development (C3D) project launched in 2003 by the Climate Change Programme of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) seeks to address capacity needs for climate change in developing countries through an innovative training and capacity building partnership with partner institutes based in developing countries.
  • The South Pacific Vulnerability and Adaptation Initiative and the Climate Change Partnerships in the Asia-Pacific region support practical adaptation initiatives, primarily addressing water security and coastal zone management (FCCC/SBSTA/2007/Misc.10 and Add.1).
  • As of May 2008, more than one hundred organizations worldwide had offered to take part in the Nairobi work programme and had nominated a focal point with whom the secretariat can coordinate.  Several organizations, including FAO, IPCC, ISDR, OECD, UNDP, World Bank, WHO and WMO, have taken the opportunity to provide information on relevant activities, and to make proposals for their involvement in the implementation of the Nairobi work programme, through statements to the SBSTA and concept notes provided to the secretariat.

Several guidelines and studies exist, mostly for integrating adaptation in development projects or in regards to specific sectors.