Climate Change and Children

Author(s):
UNICEF
Year:
December 2007
Publisher:
UNICEF
Pages:
20
Summary:

Climate Change and Children examines the effects of climate change on children – and examines how climate change has evolved from an ‘environmental’ issue into one that requires collective expertise in sustainable development, energy security, and the health and well-being of children.

Introduction to Climate Change Adaptation: A Learning Companion

Author(s):
Oxfam International
Year:
2011
Pages:
16
Summary:

Oxfam Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation Resources: This companion is the fifth in a series that covers key topics for programme staff. It includes a set of articles, which provide accessible and practical guidance to Oxfam staff wishing to integrate disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) approaches into programming. The companion aims:

Funding Source:
Other

Education: A Lasting Climate Change Solution

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Quality education is absolutely necessary to achieve sustainable progress on climate change adaptation by creating an empowered and capable citizenship with the knowledge, skills and values needed for local innovation and scale up of adaptation projects. While funding runs out and physical structures disintegrate, education creates a sustainable source of local capacity and local solutions far into the future.
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The UNICEF publication, Climate Change and Children, examines the effects of climate change on children – and examines how climate change has evolved from an ‘environmental’ issue into one that requires collective expertise in sustainable development, energy security, and the health and well-being of children.

Leading Resilient Development: Grassroots Women's Priorities, Practices and Innovations

Author(s):
Maureen Fordham and Suranjana Gupta with Supriya Akerkar and Manuela Scharf
Year:
2011
Editor:
Jeffrey Stern, Suazion, Inc. (NY, suazion.com)
Publisher:
This publication is a joint effort of Groots International, Northumbria University School of the Built and Natural Environment and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Pages:
84
Summary:

This publication—firmly grounded in the research and practices of its contributors—is a practical source document of ideas for readers studying and working on resilience issues. In presenting a set of grassroots women’s development innovations that build community resilience (and a framework in which to view these innovations), it celebrates women’s inventiveness as they struggle to support and feed their families, find and maintain livelihoods, and make their voices heard as they survive and cope with disasters.

AfricaAdapt newsletter: May 2011

Author(s):
AfricaAdapt
Year:
2011
Volume:
Issue 6
Summary:

May 2011 Newsletter content:

  • AfricaAdapt begins a new era
  • What would climate compatible
  • development in Africa look like?
  • Agriculture: African visions
  • Youth: African visions
  • Gender: African visions
  • YPARD symposium report
  • Participant 'experience note'
  • Latest events
  • Member profiles
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DFID
IDRC

Adaptation to Climate Change through Spatial Planning: Basic Concepts, Strategies, Tools - KLIMAPAKT

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  • Implementing Agency and Partnering Organizations:
    Postdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Leibniz Gemeinschaft, Academy for Spatial Research and Planning, Leibniz Institute of Ecological and Regional Development
    Summary:

     The KLIMAPAKT project explores strategies and options of spatial planning to enhance climate change adaptation. Researchers from different disciplines, e.g. climate impact research, risk and vulnerability research or spatial planning science are cooperating in KLIMAPAKT in order to improve the knowledge base for spatial planning and climate change adaptation. In this regard also adaptation is linked to mitigation and vice versa.

    Expected Outputs:

     

    • Demonstration of climate change impacts for urban and rural areas
    • Indicator-based vulnerability analysis for different types of land use and different regions
    • Analysis of options in spatial planning to promote adaptation to climate change
    • Design of strategies for a climate change adapted spatial development
    • Advancement of tools for spatial and environmental development
     
    Contacts:

    PD Dr Jörn Birkmann
    Head of Section
    Tel.: + 49-228-815-0208
    birkmann@ehs.unu.edu

    Maike Vollmer
    Research Associate
    Tel.: + 49-228-815-0250
    mvollmer@ehs.unu.edu

    Project Status:
    Completed (2008-2010)
    Project Details
    Funding Source:
    Leibniz-Gemeinschaft
    Cofinancing Total:
    N/A

Critical infrastructure and population/civil protection in the context of climate change related extreme events - KIBEX

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  • Implementing Agency and Partnering Organizations:
    Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (Bundesamt für Bevölkerungsschuz und Katastrophenhilfe, BBK), Postdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (Potsdam Institut für Klimafolgenforschung, PIK), German Aerospace Centre (Deutsches Luft- und Raumfahrtzentrum, DLR)
    Summary:

     Within the framework of the KIBEX project, methods for the vulnerability assessment of population and critical infrastructure towards climate change related extreme events (high intensity rainfall events, storms, droughts and heat waves) will be developed with several representative communities in Germany. Thereby, the close cooperation with local actors (e.g., infrastructure operators, administration, protection agencies) plays an essential role, as important information can only be obtained on this level.

    Project Components:

    The results of these techniques, in addition to generating further empirical data (conducting expert interviews and surveys), will lead to a more comprehensive vulnerability assessment of populations and Critical Infrastructures, as well as to an understanding of their interdependencies and functional chains in light of climate change and extreme events.

    Within the project duration, a variety of methods will contribute to our interdisciplinary approach. Regional climate scenarios will be evaluated in order to assess vulnerabilities and to develop indicators and criteria that also help to evaluate actual and potential adaptation strategies. Furthermore, cartographic data will be analysed in order to create exposure maps and project scenarios for extreme events.

    Through regular workshops the close cooperation with local stakeholders will be sought; not only to share information, but also to generate locally grounded data and to systematize actual experiences that can lead to sustainable dissemination and implementation of adaptive strategies and management in cases of extreme events.

    Expected Outputs:
    • Assessment of vulnerabilities of different social groups and Critical Infrastructures to climate change related extreme weather events, particularly heat waves, droughts and flash floods
    • Development of different assessment methods including criteria and indicators to assess the exposure, susceptibility and adaptive capacities of these systems and components of risk
    • Identification of interdependencies of Critical Infrastructures (esp. water supply, electricity supply and transportation)
    • Discussion of the resulting conditions and challenges for civil protection
    • Development of specific and applicable adaptation strategies
    • Exchange of information and experiences with local stakeholders

     

    Contacts:

    PD Dr.-Ing. Jörn Birkmann
    Tel: + 49-228-815-0208
    e-mail: birkmann@ehs.unu.edu

    Claudia Bach
    Tel.: + 49-228-815-0230
    e-mail: bach@ehs.unu.edu

    Project Status:
    Under Implementation (2009-2011)
    Project Details
    Funding Source:
    Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (Bundesamt für Bevölkerungsschuz und Katastrophenhilfe, BBK)
    Cofinancing Total:
    N/A

Munich Climate Insurance Initiative - MCII

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  • Implementing Agency and Partnering Organizations:
    UNU-EHS
    Summary:

    MCII provides a forum and gathering point for insurance-related expertise on climate change impact issues. MCII is hosted at UNU-EHS in Bonn, Germany.

    Project Components:
    • Networking with experts on insurance and climate change adaptation
    • Facilitating dialogue between delegates of the UNFCCC, policymakers and MCII partners on the objectives of the initiative
    • MCII partners work on risk assessment, value at risk, exposure to natural hazards & climate change, development, disaster risk management and climate change adaptation
    Expected Outputs:

    Develop insurance-related solutions to help manage the impacts of climate change.

    MCII strives to fulfil four objectives:

    • Conduct and support pilot projects for the application of insurance-related solutions, in partnerships and through existing organizations and programmes. Identify success stories and disseminate information about the factors that are necessary to design and implement effective climate insurance-related mechanisms. The emphasis in such actions will be on developing countries, while simultaneously evaluating insurance designs that have been used in developed countries.
    • Promote insurance approaches in cooperation with other organizations and initiatives within existing frameworks such as the United Nations system, International Financial Institutions, international donors, and the private sector.
    • Identify and promote loss reduction measures for climate-related events
    Contacts:

    Dr Koko Warner
    Tel.: + 49-228-815-0226
    Fax: + 49-228-422-855-99
    e-mail: warner@ehs.unu.edu

    Project Status:
    Under Implementation
    Project Details
    Cofinancing Total:
    N/A