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Call for Action 08 - Adaptation planning and practices

Related work by Parties and NWP partner organizations
Examples in alphabetical order

Enhancing regional cooperation and networks

  • Ibero-American Network of Climate Change Bureaus (RIOCC) established the PIACC (Ibero-American Programme on Adaptation to Climate Change), which aims to increase synergies among key stakeholders in climate change adaptation, including those associated with managing the risk from natural disasters and extreme climatic events. (pdf-icon
  • InterGovernmental Authority on Development’s Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) is a regional centre of excellence that serves seven member countries: Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda as well as Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania.  It specialises in climate prediction and applications for climate risk management, environmental management, and sustainable development. It has developed  a strategy for various socio-economic sectors for the Greater Horn of Africa region, contributing to the enhancement of climate monitoring, as well as providing timely climate information and  services for early warning.  pdf-icon
  • Global Change SysTem for Analysis Research and Training (START) collaborated with the East-West Center, Ibaraki University and other partners in hosting a workshop (February 26-28, 2009), “Cities at Risk: Developing Adaptive Capacity for Climate Change in Asia’s Coastal Megacities”. The workshop initiated a constructive and interactive dialogue between different stakeholders, who contributed to the increase in awareness among urban planning and academic communities of the emerging risks, vulnerabilities and challenges faced by coastal megacities as a result of climate change impacts. The workshop participants also drafted a set of recommendations that are intended to set priorities for the development of future Cities at Risk programming and initiatives.
  • United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) through its Committee on Disaster Risk Reductions addresses policy options and strategies on multi-hazard disaster risk reduction and mitigation.  It aims to enhance regional cooperation mechanisms for disaster risk management, including space and other technical support systems, multi-hazard assessment, preparedness and early warning, and response to disaster risks. (
  • Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean (CATHALAC), promotes sustainable development through applied research and development, education and technology transfer on water resources and the environment in Latin America and the Caribbean. (

Improving availability, accessibility and applicability of information, methods and tools

  • Café direct, in cooperation with the GTZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit GmbH), implemented a project "AdapCC" which evaluates probable damages and losses as a consequence of the impacts of climate-related catastrophes on vulnerable small-scale coffee producers.  The methodology also aims to analyse possible benefits and disadvantages of adaptation measures.
  • Institute for Social and Environmental Transition (ISET) has implemented a project “Emerging Hazards in the Hindu Kush-Himalaya”, which provides technical backstopping to the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) on various glacial projects through its Integrated Water and Hazard Management Programme.  With Center for International Climate and Environmental Research - Oslo (CICERO), ISET is also working on inventory and compilation of past and current climate and hydrological modelling initiatives in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region in order to create a list of hydrological initiatives.
  • The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), a centre of excellence in developing and communicating forecasts, monitoring, historical analyses and other climate-information products, promotes the generation and uptake of climate information that leads to improve the management of climate risks.  
  • Kyoto University’s Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies through the International Environment and Disaster Management Laboratory (IEDM), have conducted a study to measure the climate disaster resilience of 16 cities in Asia and produced the Climate Disaster Resilience Index (pdf-icon CDRI). This study was carried out in partnership with organizations including, Citynet, Regional Network of Local Authorities for the Management of Human Settlements, and the UNISDR. The CDRI categorizes climate disaster resilience based on natural, physical, social, economic and institutional characteristics of cities. It also contributes to raise the awareness of city managers and practitioners, and can be used as a training tool for city governments.  pdf-icon
  • The Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII) provides a forum for insurance-related expertise in the context of climate-related risk management. The initiative promotes financial risk management approach and loss reduction measures under the UNFCCC, as well as for international financial institutions, international donors and the private sector. It was initiated by Munich Re on April 2005 in response to the growing realization that insurance solutions can play a role in adaptation to climate change, as suggested in the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol.
  • Office of Agricultural Risk of Argentina (ORA) provides climate information, such as GIS (geographic information systems)-linked risk mapping in the Pampas and the Northwest Region.
  • The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) facilitates the free and unrestricted exchange of data and information, products and services in real- or near-real time on matters relating to safety and security of society, economic welfare and the protection of the environment.  It contributes to policy formulation in these areas at national and international levels.  Specifically, in the areas of weather-, climate and water-related hazards, which accounts for nearly 90% of all natural disasters, WMO's programmes provide vital information for advanced warnings that save lives and reduce damage to property and the environment. 

Developing and implementing adaptive policies and programmes

  • Asian Development Bank (ADB) is responding to unique climate threats in Asia and the Pacific, through its Climate Change Fund. The ADB prioritizes interventions that enhance the climate resilience of infrastructure and other investments, community livelihoods and key sectors.
  • The  Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) ’s Strategic Framework for 2000-2015, “Preparedness for, and effective and sustainable response to food and agriculture emergencies”, provides an overall framework for FAO programmes related to climate risks and extreme events.. This strategy aims to increase the resilience and capacity of countries and their populations to cope with the impacts of disasters that affect national and household food security, and when disasters do occur, to contribute to emergency operations that foster the transition from relief to recovery of the food and agricultural sectors. pdf-icon
  • International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) seeks to build disaster resilient communities by promoting awareness of the importance of disaster risk reduction (DRR) as an integral part of sustainable development.  It also promotes synergies and partnerships among the stakeholders, state entities and non-government institutions, including through the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters (HFA). The HFA aims for the substantial reduction in disaster losses, in lives as well as in the social, economic and environmental assets of communities and countries - and lays out a detailed set of priorities to achieve this by 2015.
  • UNESCO, UNISDR and AFPCN in close collaboration with UNICEF, DKKV, COGSS, InWent, GTZ, UNU and others, held a workshop in Bonn, Germany, from March 31 to April 2, 2009 on "Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and disaster risk reduction: building disaster-resilient societies". The workshop re-examined the notion of education for disaster reduction and its contributing role in successfully confronting disaster risk as a key sustainable development challenge.