Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary



About the Cyberlibrary

The Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary was developed by Mick Kelly and Sarah Granich on behalf of the Stockholm Environment Institute and the International Institute for Environment and Development, with sponsorship from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

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Linking Climate Adaptation

Adaptation to climate change — selected resources in the Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary and on the web

In the Cyberlibrary

Addressing the Mismatch in Adaptation Planning in Nepal
Bimal Regmi and Ramu Subedi consider the lessons of the National Adaptation Programme of Action process in Nepal and the role of local and community-based planning. Published September 2011

Indigenous Adaptation Strategies: Small-scale Farming in Uganda
Ben Twinomugisha describes small-scale farmers' livelihoods and food security strategies in Uganda. Published July 2011

Linking Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction
Roopa Rakshit shares the outcomes and take-home messages that emerged during discussions at a Bangkok seminar on linking disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. Published January 2011

Progress in Cancún
Sarah Granich and Mick Kelly report on the lead-up to the Cancún climate summit and its outcome. Published January 2011

Remembering Minorities in Climate Action
James S Pender argues that minorities warrant greater consideration in local, national and international responses to the climate threat. Published January 2011

Cancún Sets Important Adaptation Processes into Motion
Sven Harmeling argues that, as far as adaptation is concerned, the Cancún Climate Summit was a small step in the right direction. Published December 2010

Real Action on Adaptation
Sven Harmeling argues that a paradigm shift on adaptation is essential. Published October 2010

Engaging Local Society in the Research Process
Luong Quang Huy describes a participatory research approach designed to empower local communities in adapting to socio-economic trends and climate change. Published September 2010

Ecosystems and Adaptation
James Waters argues the importance of ecosystems and ecosystem services for poor urban communities likely to be affected by climate change. Published July 2010

Community Adaptation in a Small Island Developing Country
Leone Limalevu, Bill Aalbersberg, Patrina Dumaru and Tony Weir suggest some general lessons for community-based adaptation projects in a small developing country. Published July 2010

Mainstreaming Adaptation
M J Mwandosya, Minister of Water and Irrigation in the government of the United Republic of Tanzania, considers key issues in implementing adaptation measures. Published October 2009

Adaptation by Ribbon Cutting
Robert Kay argues that a desire for grand ceremonies must not be allowed to skew decisions regarding approaches to adaptation. Published July 2009

Progress Implementing National Adaptation Programmes of Action
Jessica Ayers discusses vulnerability projects identified by National Adaptation Programmes of Action for the Least Developed Countries. Published May 2009

NGOs: Running on Empty?
Megan Rowling finds that confused definitions and capacity constraints are holding back aid agencies’ responses to climate change adaptation. Published November 2008

Adaptation to Climate Change - Where Do We Go from Bali?
Sven Harmeling considers the next steps in meeting the challenge of adaptation. Published March 2008

National Adaptation Programmes of Action: Priorities and Policies
Bubu Pateh Jallow and Thomas Downing describe five challenges faced by the National Adaptation Programme of Action teams and the international climate policy community. Published January 2008

Interview with Boni Biagini
In a Newswatch interview, Boni Biagini reflects on the National Adaptation Programme of Action process to date from a Global Environment Facility perspective. Published December 2007

The National Adaptation Programme of Action Process
Mozaharul Alam describes the next steps needed under the National Adaptation Programmes of Action process in the Asia and Pacific region. Published December 2007

National Adaptation Programmes of Action: Lessons Learnt in Africa
Balgis Osman-Elasha and Thomas Downing describe the lessons learned from preparing National Adaptation Programmes of Action in eastern and southern Africa. Published November 2007

Mainstreaming National Adaptation Programmes of Action
Bubu Pateh Jallow describes how efforts to mainstream adaptation are bearing fruit, in project design and in capacity to plan policies. Published November 2007

The Cook Islands - an Ocean and Coastal Environment
Vaitoti Tupa discusses the environmental challenges facing the Cook Islands, commenting on climate change and sea-level rise, resource sustainability and capacity building. Published May 2007

Fourth Assessment of Climate Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability
The Fourth Assessment report on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability was finalized by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change during the first half of 2007. Newswatch editor Mick Kelly reports. Published April 2007

A Roadmap for Implementing Adaptation Policy
Gary Yohe discusses the conclusions on climate impacts, adaptation and vulnerability reached during the Fourth Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Published April 2007

Africa's Vulnerability to Climate Change and Opportunities for Adaptation
Balgis Osman-Elasha discusses the many factors that make the African continent so vulnerable to environmental stress and climate change impacts and summarizes some of the adaptation opportunities that would ensure the continent a healthy and sustainable future. Published March 2007

Modelling Adaptation?
Ian Burton calls for adaptation modelling to inform a new authoritative review quantifying economy-wide adaptation benefits. Published February 2007

Adaptation - An Issue for the German Presidency of the European Union
Sven Harmeling discusses the lead that Germany must take on adaptation to climate change through its year of presidency of the European Union and the Group of Eight. Published December 2006

Designing Adaptation Projects
Mozaharul Alam and Lwandle Mqadi describe a novel way of identifying, designing, implementing and monitoring community-based adaptation projects. Published August 2006

Adaptation Funding after Montréal
The Marrakech Accords include new funding for adaptation activities under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Tiempo editor Saleemul Huq reports. Published April 2006

Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation in Nepal
Anil Raut presents a summary of the climate change impacts confronting Nepal and discusses adaptation measures that are being undertaken. Published January 2006

Perceptions of Climate Change in the Himalayas
Ngamindra Dahal discusses how climate change impacts are perceived in parts of the Himalayas in Nepal, and proposes activities to reduce vulnerability. Published September 2005

Rainwater Harvesting
The Intermediate Technology Development Group South Asia describes a rainwater harvesting project, designed to help people adapt to climate change in Sri Lanka and elsewhere. Published September 2005

Justice and Equity in Adaptation
Neil Adger, M. J. Mace, Jouni Paavola and Jona Razzaque report on a strategic assessment of the equity and justice implications of adaptation. Published September 2004

Adaptation - a Caribbean View
Neville Trotz argues that adaptation is not a novel science; many solutions have existed for some time. Only the resources and the commitment to implement them are missing. Published August 2004

Empowering the Vulnerable
Lareef Zubair suggests that if vulnerable communities are empowered to cope with present-day climate change then the lessons learned can be utilized for longer-term adaptation. Published June 2004

Adaptation Day at COP9
Hannah Reid and Saleemul Huq report on Adaptation Day, a major COP9 side event held in Milan, Italy, in December 2003. Published June 2004

Mainstreaming National Adaptation Plans
Saleemul Huq and Mizan Khan discuss why it is imperative that National Adaptation Plans of Action be fully integrated into national development strategies. Published September 2003

Capacity Building in LDCs
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia of Bangladesh opened the Least Developed Country Expert Group workshop held in September 2002 in Dhaka. Participants discussed the urgent need for capacity building as appropriate preparation for formulating National Adaptation Plans of Action. Published March 2003

Climate Funding for Developing Countries
Saleemul Huq discusses capacity strengthening activities developing nations can undertake through recently-created funds. Published September 2002

Millions at Risk
The results of a recent assessment of global climate impacts are described by Martin Parry, co-chair of IPCC Working Group II, and his collaborators. Published September 2002

Coping with Climatic and Economic Change
Siri Eriksen, Ane Schjolden and Julie Silva discuss the linkages between climate change and economic vulnerability in southern Africa. Published March 2002

The SURVAS Project
Anne de la Vega-Leinert and Robert Nicholls discuss the impacts of accelerated sea-level rise and adaptive options. Published September 2000

Integrated Assessment and Adaptation
Ferenc Toth outlines the potential use of integrated assessment at the regional level for more effective adaptation analysis. Published December 1999

Predicting Environmental Migration
Bo R Döös discusses the predictability of large-scale environmental migration. Published June 1997

On the Web

Adaptation Academy
The Global Climate Adaptation Partnership and the Climate Systems Analysis Group at the University of Cape Town with the Oxford office of the Stockholm Environment Institute offer a four-week integrated foundation course on adaptation.

Adaptation Against the Odds: Enabling Communities to Cope with Climate Change
The photo exhibition Adaptation Against the Odds: Enabling Communities to Cope with Climate Change, from Practical Action, looks at how families in developing countries are coping with climate change.

Adaptation Fund
The Adaptation Fund was established to finance concrete adaptation projects and programmes in developing country Parties to the Kyoto Protocol that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change. Site includes an introduction to the Adaptation Fund and news of recent developments.

Adaptation Fund
Germanwatch has been engaged in the development of the Adaptation Fund through a number of information and lobby efforts.

Adaptation Learning Mechanism
The Adaptation Learning Mechanism is mapping good practices, providing information, building knowledge and networks on climate change adaptation. It is developing tools and resources to support: adaptation practices; integration of climate change risks and adaptation into development policy, planning and operations; and capacity building.

Adapting to Coastal Climate Change: A Guidebook for Development Planners
Adapting to Coastal Climate Change: A Guidebook for Development Planners, from the Coastal Resources Center, provides a detailed treatment of climate concerns in coastal areas. It proposes an approach for assessing vulnerability to climate change and climate variability, developing and implementing adaptation options, and integrating options into programs, development plans, and projects at the national and local levels. This is known as a vulnerability and adaptation or V&A approach. Published May 2009

AdaptNet is a community of adaptation specialists, sharing the latest information on adaptation strategies, measures, tools, research and analysis, and highlighting best practice and implementation. It focuses on cities in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, but nested within the global network of cities.

Assessments of Impacts and Adaptations to Climate Change in Multiple Regions and Sectors
The website synthesizes information on the sectors, systems, and groups studied, methods utilized, and key results of the 24 AIACC (Assessments of Impacts and Adaptations to Climate Change in Multiple Regions and Sectors) projects in the Americas, Africa and Asia.

Capacity Strengthening of Least Developed Countries for Adaptation to Climate Change (CLACC)
The CLACC network is a group of fellows and international experts working on adaptation to climate change for least developed countries. The aim is to strengthen the capacity of organizations in poor countries and support their initiatives in sustainable development through the network of fellows. CLACC operates in 15 countries in the South, 12 in Africa and three in South Asia.

Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre
The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre coordinates the Caribbean region's response to climate change. The Centre is the key node for information on climate change issues and on the region's response to managing and adapting to climate change in the Caribbean.

Charting our Water Future
Charting our Water Future, from the 2030 Water Resources Group, shows that, while meeting competing future demands for water will be a considerable challenge, it is entirely possible to close the growing gap between water supply and demand. Published November 2009

Cities in Climate Change Initiative
The Cities in Climate Change Initiative, led by UN-HABITAT, seeks to enhance climate change mitigation and climate change preparedness of cities in developing and least developed countries. It provides support towards the development and implementation of pro-poor and innovative climate change policies and strategies and aims to develop tools for enhancing capacities of local governments.

Climate Change and Development Links
Climate Change and Development Links, from the International Institute for Environment and Development, describes the independent evolution of climate change and development discourses, and provides some explanation as to why the two fields have operated largely independently from one another. Recent initiatives to strengthen links between the climate change and development communities are also described. Published May 2006

Climate Change in Kiribati
The Climate Change in Kiribati website provies news and information, including videos, about the impact of climate change on this vulnerable island nation.

Climate Change: Impact on agriculture and costs of adaptation
Climate Change: Impact on agriculture and costs of adaptation , from the International Food Policy Research Institute, quantifies the impact of climate change on agriculture, assesses the consequences for food security and estimates the investments that would offset the negative consequences for human well-being, particularly for those most vulnerable. Published October 2009

Climate Frontlines
Climate Frontlines is a global forum for indigenous peoples, small islands and vulnerable communities.

Climate Prep
Climate Prep, from WWF, defines climate change adaptation through illustrations of on the ground adaptation projects and scientific adaptation studies, explorations of adaptation concepts, and tracking firsthand the progress of adaptation in the international policy arena.

Climate Ready Estuaries
The Climate Ready Estuaries website offers information on climate change impacts to different estuary regions, access to tools and resources to monitor changes and information to help managers develop adaptation plans for estuaries and coastal communities.

Climate Ready Estuaries Program Synthesis of Adaptation Options for Coastal Areas (1.2MB download)
Climate Ready Estuaries Program Synthesis of Adaptation Options for Coastal Areas, from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, provides a brief introduction to key physical impacts of climate change on estuaries and a review of on-the-ground adaptation options available to coastal managers to reduce their systems' vulnerability to climate change impacts. Published January 2009

Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis Handbook
The Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis Handbook, from CARE, provides a methodology aimed at improving understanding of the implications of climate change for lives and livelihoods. By combining local knowledge with scientific climate information, the process builds people's understanding about climate risks and adaptation strategies. Published June 2009

ClimateChangeWater Blog
Global travels in freshwater climate adaptation. Site lists events, grants and courses in the adaptation field as well as other resources on the web.

Dealing with Climate Change
LEISA Magazine, volume 24 Issue 4, focuses on dealing with climate change and includes a series of articles on adaptation in the developing world. Published December 2008

Economywide Impacts of Climate Change on Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa
Economywide Impacts of Climate Change on Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa, from the International Food Policy Research Institute, presents two possible adaptation options to climate change for Sub-Saharan Africa.

Facing an Uncertain Future
Facing an Uncertain Future, from CIFOR, presents the case for a dual agenda to enhance the role of forests in adaptation: assisting forests to weather the coming storm of climate change, and managing forests in ways that enable forest-dependent peoples and society in general to cope with the coming changes. Published December 2008

Forest Resilience, Biodiversity, and Climate Change (6.0MB download)
Forest Resilience, Biodiversity, and Climate Change, from the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, reviews the concepts of ecosystem resilience, resistance, and stability in forests and their relationship to biodiversity, with particular reference to climate change. Published October 2009

Global Climate Adaptation Partnership
The Global Climate Adaptation Partnership is an international partnership of the world's leading climate and adaptation experts. It provides a broad range of climate-related services to both government and commercial clients.

Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery
The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery is a partnership of 36 countries and six international organizations committed to helping developing countries reduce their vulnerability to natural hazards and adapt to climate change.

How Bangladesh Is Preparing for Climate Change
Lisa Friedman discusses Bangladesh and climate migration in a series of five reports published by Scientific American.

Impact of Climate Change on the Arab Countries
Impact of Climate Change on the Arab Countries, from the Arab Forum for Environment and Development, is designed to provide information to governments, business, academia and the public about the impact of climate change on the Arab countries, and encourage concrete action to face the challenge. Published 2009

Joto Afrika
Joto Afrika, from the Arid Lands Information Network, is a series of printed briefings and online resources about adapting to climate change in sub-Saharan Africa.

Least Developed Countries Fund
The Least Developed Countries Fund was established to support a work programme to assist Least Developed Country Parties carry out, inter alia, the preparation and implementation of national adaptation programmes of action. Site includes an introduction to the Least Developed Countries Fund and news of recent developments.

Linking Climate Adaptation (LCA) Network
The LCA Network aims to put practitioners, stakeholders, researchers, NGOs and policy-makers working on climate adaptation issues in touch with each other making it easier to stay abreast of climate adaptation research and practices from around the globe.

Making Cities Resilient: "My city is getting ready"
The 2010-2011 World Disaster Reduction Campaign "Making Cities Resilient" addresses issues of local governance and urban risk. draws on the the sustainable urbanizations principles developed in the UN-Habitat World Urban Campaign 2009-2013. Website contains ideas, information and opportunities to get involved.

Managing Climate Risk
The United Nations Development Programme and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society have framed a strategic approach to Climate Risk Management that seeks to promote the achievement of sustainable development goals by helping to manage societal vulnerability associated with both short-term climate variability and longer-term climate change.

Managing the Water Buffer for Development and Climate Change Adaptation
Managing the Water Buffer for Development and Climate Change Adaptation, from UNESCO, explores how to maximize the use of groundwater and rainwater for development and climate change adaptation in an approach called 3R. Published November 2009

Modern and Mobile
Modern and Mobile, from the International Institute for Environment and Development and SOS Sahel UK, is about the critical role mobile livestock keeping plays in the economic prosperity of Africa's drylands, including its potential in assisting adaptation to climate change. Published October 2009

Mongolia Assessment Report on Climate Change 2009
The Mongolia: Assessment Report on Climate Change 2009, from DEWAR, brings together the findings of climate change research in Mongolia for the first time, to raise awareness of decision makers and the general public so that they can develop appropriate responses to the challenges and threats. Published September 2009

National Adaptation Programmes of Action
National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs) provide a process for Least Developed Countries to identify priority activities that respond to their urgent and immediate needs to adapt to climate change. The UNFCCC Secretariat site includes all submitted NAPAs and a project database.

Online Managed Realignment Guide
The Online Managed Realignment Guide is a collection point for coastal habitat creation projects in Europe, focusing on presenting lessons learned from those schemes which have made it through to implementation.

PlaNYC is a design for the sustainability of New York City. One component, GreeNYC, covers conserving New York City resources, with a goal of reducing New York City's carbon emissions by 30 per cent by the year 2030.

Preliminary Review of Adaptation Options for Climate-Sensitive Ecosystems and Resources
Preliminary Review of Adaptation Options for Climate-Sensitive Ecosystems and Resources, from the United States Climate Change Science Program, focuses on federally-managed land and water. Published June 2008

Prevention Web
Prevention Web serves the needs of the disaster reduction community.

Reducing Vulnerability, Enhancing Resilience: The Importance of Adaptation Technologies for the Post-2012 Climate Agreement
Reducing Vulnerability, Enhancing Resilience, from CIDSE (Coopération Internationale pour le Développement et la Solidarité) and Caritas Internationalis, highlights the need for urgent enhanced action on adaptation technologies, which are key for adapting to climate change, reducing poverty and promoting sustainable development. Published June 2009

Regional Climate Change Adaptation Knowledge Platform
The Adaptation Knowledge Platform is a response to the demand for effective mechanisms for sharing information on climate change adaptation and developing adaptive capacities in Asian countries. The initiative supports research and capacity building, policy making and information assimilation, generation, management and sharing. It will also facilitate climate change adaptation at local, national and regional levels.

Resilient Cities
Resilient Cities is the global platform for learning, cooperation and networking on all aspects of urban resilience and adaptation to climate change.

Resilient Cities Reosource Point
The ICLEI Resilience Resource Point provides a gateway into the growing collection of websites, networks and literature dedicated to adaptation and resilience, with a particular focus on urban regions and cities.

Resources for the Future
Resources for the Future engages with energy and climate policy on numerous fronts. Issues studied include how to cost-effectively constrain emissions and limit cost uncertainties, promoting developing country engagement, reducing emissions through averted deforestation and afforestation and adaptation.

Rolling Easements (6.2MB download)
Rolling Easements, from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, argues that future development of some low-lying coastal lands must be based on the premise that eventually the land must give way to the rising sea. It provides a primer on more than a dozen approaches for ensuring that wetlands and beaches can migrate inland, as people remove buildings, roads, and other structures from land as it becomes submerged. Published June 2011

Soil and Water Conservation Technologies
Soil and Water Conservation Technologies, from the International Food Policy Research Institute, investigates the impact of different soil and water conservation technologies on the variance of crop production in Ethiopia to determine the risk implications of the different technologies in different regions and rainfall zones. Soil and water conservation provides a buffer against production risk in the face of climate change.

Stockholm Resilience Centre
The Stockholm Resilience Centre is an international centre that advances transdisciplinary research for governance of social-ecological systems with a special emphasis on resilience - the ability to deal with change and continue to develop.

The Greater Mekong and Climate Change
The Greater Mekong and Climate Change, from WWF, recommends three key adaptation strategies to reduce vulnerability across the region: the protection of regional ecosystems, a reduction in non-climate stresses such as unsustainable infrastructure and over extraction of natural resources, and the implementation of a regional climate change adaptation agreement. Published October 2009

The US Economic Impacts of Climate Change and the Costs of Inaction
The US Economic Impacts of Climate Change and the Costs of Inaction, from the Center for Integrative Environmental Research, presents an overview of climate impacts on various economic sectors in the United States, organized by region. Published October 2007

The aim of Twin2Go is to draw policy-relevant research results on issues around adaptive water governance in the context of climate change and to make them transferable to other basins.

UK Climate Impacts Programme
The UK Climate Impacts Programme helps organizations to adapt to inevitable climate change. Site includes a range of tools.

Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change in Small Island Developing States
Background paper prepared for the UNFCCC Expert Meeting on Adaptation for Small Island Developing States, held in Kingston, Jamaica, February 2007. Published February 2007

World Climate Applications and Services Programme
The World Climate Applications and Services Programme (WCASP) fosters the effective application of climate knowledge and information for the benefit of society and the provision of climate services, including the prediction of significant climate variations both natural and as a result of human activity. The Climate Information and Prediction Services (CLIPS) project is an implementation arm of WCASP around the globe. It strives to take advantage of current data bases, increasing climate knowledge and improving prediction capabilities to limit the negative impacts of climate variability and to enhance planning activities based on the developing capacity of climate science.

World Deltas Network
The World Deltas Network is a data, information, and research support service for deltas, to advance integrated science in the coastal zone, spanning physical, biological, and sociological disciplines.

World Mayors Council on Climate Change
The World Mayors Council on Climate Change is an alliance of committed local government leaders advocating an enhanced recognition and involvement of Mayors in multilateral efforts addressing climate change and related issues of global sustainability.

Autogenerated: 15 May 2015

Bright Ideas

GE cuts solar costs

General Electric plans to cut solar installation costs by half

Project 90 by 2030

Project 90 by 2030 supports South African school children and managers reduce their carbon footprint through its Club programme

Smart street lighting

Bath & North East Somerset Council in the United Kingdom has installed smart LED carriageway lighting that automatically adjusts to light and traffic levels

Longwood Gardens

The United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the American Public Gardens Association are mounting an educational exhibit at Longwood Gardens showing the link between temperature and planting zones

Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers

The energy-efficient Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers hotel is powered by renewable and sustainable sources, including integrated solar photovoltaics and guest-powered bicycles

El Hierro

El Hierro, one of the Canary Islands, plans to generate 80 per cent of its energy from renewable sources

Remarkables Primary School green roof

The green roof on the Remarkables Primary School in New Zealand reduces stormwater runoff, provides insulation and doubles as an outdoor classroom

Weather Info for All

The Weather Info for All project aims to roll out up to five thousand automatic weather observation stations throughout Africa


SolSource turns its own waste heat into electricity or stores it in thermal fabrics, harnessing the sun's energy for cooking and electricity for low-income families

Wave House

The Wave House uses vegetation for its architectural and environmental qualities, and especially in terms of thermal insulation

Mbale compost-processing plant

The Mbale compost-processing plant in Uganda produces cheaper fertilizer and reduces greenhouse gas emissions

Frito-Lay Casa Grande

At Casa Grande, Frito-Lay has reduced energy consumption by nearly a fifth since 2006 by, amongst other things, installing a heat recovery system to preheat cooking oil

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Updated: May 15th 2015