The likelihood components of climate-related risks in the Cook Islands are evaluated, for both present-day and future conditions. Changes into the future reflect the influence of global warming. The risk events for which the current and future likelihoods are evaluated are extreme rainfall events, drought, high sea levels, strong winds, and extreme high air temperatures. Tropical cyclone frequencies over the past century are also examined. Some climate-related human health and infrastructure risks are also investigated.
The 2010 Adaptation Knowledge Needs Survey was conducted to assess the current state of knowledge needs for CCA in order to identify knowledge needs and gaps to further the understanding of climate change impacts, vulnerabilities, and innovative adaptation approaches; and to identify key services (e.g. training workshops, seminars, newsletters, etc.) to facilitate knowledge exchange on current adaptation practices and lessons learned. The survey was made available in English, French and Spanish.
'Climate-Smart' Agriculture: Policies, Practices and Financing for Food Security, Adaptation, and Mitigation
Food security and climate change can be addressed together by transforming agriculture and adopting practices that are "climate-smart". A number of production systems are already being used by farmers and food producers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, adapt to climate change, and reduce vulnerability. This website provides examples of many of these production systems considered as "climate-smart" and will be constantly updated to highlight additional examples and lessons learned from around the world.
Adaptation to climate change in agriculture, forestry and fisheries: Perspective, framework and priorities
The croplands, pastures and forests that occupy 60 percent of the Earth’s surface are progressively being exposed to threats from increased climatic variability and, in the longer run, to climate change. Abnormal changes in air temperature and rainfall and resulting increases in frequency and intensity of drought and flood events have long-term implications for the viability of these ecosystems.
With respect to climate change adaptation in agriculture, forestry and fisheries, FAO has taken significant and concrete initiatives that provide multiple benefits. FAO provides implementation support to more than 50 global, regional, national and local projects designed specifically to address climate change adaptation, climate-related disaster risk management or a combination of adaptation and mitigation.
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. Young people speak directly through comments and letters collected by UNICEF’s Voices of Youth, child delegates to the 2007 UNEP African Regional Children’s Conference for the Environment and the 2007 World Scout Jamboree, in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme.
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:
ICLEI, UNESCO-IHE and IWA have authored, as part of the ‘SWITCH – Managing Water for the City of the Future’ project, a handbook on adapting urban water systems to climate change. The handbook aims to fill a gap in the adaptation field: while a lot of information is available about various adaptation topics, there is a lack of guidance for decision makers at the local level working on urban water who wish to proactively prepare for and adapt to climate change.
This Report showcases the UNDP-GEF adaptation portfolio, focusing on both the principles underlying the UNDP-GEF approach to adaptation programming and the key processes involved in removing barriers to successful adaptation measures. The report examines the emerging achievements of UNDP-GEF initiatives around the world and explores the future of low-emission climate-resilient development.
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.