Thursday, March 12, 2009

Climate change adaptation planning

DG Communities has alerted us to the European Capacity Building Initiative's report,
Lessons Learned in Preparing National Adaptation Programmes of Action in Eastern and Southern Africa. National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs) were mandated in
the Marrakech Accords of the 2001 Conference of Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) aimed at building adaptive capacity of the most vulnerable communities in the most vulnerable countries -- Malawi is included in the list -- through identification and development of specific measures aiming at reducing vulnerabilities to climate change of the different groups and sectors. The report provides an overview of the NAPA process, history of the initiative and rationale, including key definitions, followed by a discussion of the NAPA projects. Results of questionnaires and interviews for Eastern and Southern Africa are included. The report concludes:

"Thinking of climate change adaptation as a discrete planning process, and easily segmented into additional activities, is likely to be less effective than building a broad understanding and multi-stakeholder action agenda. Learning by doing, social learning, community-based adaptation and
participatory assessment are relevant frameworks to take forward." p. 27

In HOORCs Library you can find Climate change and adaptation and Climate change 2007 : impacts, adaptation and vulnerability : contribution of Working Group II to the fourth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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