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Call for Action 04 - Socio-economic information

Examples in alphabetical order

  • The Africa Union Commission (AUC) is carrying out a number of specific regional programmes to integrate climate data into decision making.
  • The Building Knowledge for a Changing Climate (BKCC) programme has developed specialized climate and socio-economic scenarios for impacts assessment studies.
  • The Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) of the Earth Institute at Columbia University is working with development partners to formalize and make operational tailored forecasts for the climate-sensitive components of food security in Africa.
  • FAO is using GIS poverty mapping as a tool for environmental, climatic and socioeconomic integration and analysis.
  • The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), among other relevant work, conducted a survey in southern African countries that revealed information on users’ needs for tools and information to integrate socio-economic information into analyses of impacts, with particular attention to the specific context of each user.
  • The Regional Centre for Mapping Resources for Development  (RCMRD), an intergovernmental organization working on capacity building and training in Africa, conducts several projects in resources survey, mapping, remote sensing, GIS and natural resource assessment and management.
  • The United Kingdom’s Climate Impacts Programme (UKCIP) provides some of the most comprehensive socio-economic scenarios for use in impacts assessment at the national and sub-national level.  Socio-economic scenarios have also been developed by a number of other countries, as mentioned in the submissions by the Parties, including Australia, Japan, Mexico and several European Union countries.
  • World Resources Institute (WRI) maintains a searchable database with 135 examples of  adaptation projects, policies and other initiatives from the developing world, which formed the basis of the WRI report “Weathering the Storm: Options for Framing Adaptation and Development.” The database includes links to an online discussion forum.

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International and regional initiatives dealing, for example, with food security monitoring activities that make use of climate information, include: