Technical report

Mid-Level Assessment of the Climate Services at the Climate Systems Analysis Group, University of Cape Town

At the second International Conference on Climate Services, held in Brussels, Belgium in 2012, a series of self-reported case studies were unveiled by various agencies working on climate services. The case studies were a rich resource, offering critical experience and insights from the climate services community on user information needs, unique and innovative approaches to engage with user communities, and examples of methods currently employed across diverse environments to bridge the cliamte-science-stakeholder divide.

Climate Vulnerabilities and Development in Burkina Faso and Niger, Background Paper

Burkina Faso and Niger are among the poorest countries in the world, with per capita Gross Domestic Products (GDP) in 2011of $1,300 and $800, respectively. More than 80% of the citizens of each country live in rural areas. Agriculture is the most important sector to both Burkina Faso and Niger, contributing 34% and 40% to their GDPs, respectively. Agriculture employs a large majority of both countries’ labor force.

The Glacial Lake Handbook: Reducing Risk from Dangerous Glacial Lakes in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru

Although glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs) have occurred repeatedly in many places around the world, perhaps no country has as much experience with managing such lakes as Peru.  This technical report is a distillation of the experiences and knowledge acquired during seven decades of active lake management.  The goal is to provide lessons learned and case studies that may benefit the global community as each country addresses its own glacial lakes challenges.

Water Management, Water Security and Climate Change Adaptation: Early Impacts and Essential Responses

   

The technical background paper (3.95 MB)  argues that water resrouces management should be a focus for climate change adaptation and that IWRM is the most suitable approach to adaptive action. It outlines the likely social, economic and environmental impacts of climate change; the challenges climate change poses for water resources management; the actions needed to address those challenges - investements in infrastructure, institutions and information; and approaches to financing IWRM for adaptation.

Gender, Climate Change, and Health

This report provides a first review of the interactions between climate change, gender and health. It documents evidence for gender differences in health risks that are likely to be exacerbated by climate change, and in adaptation and mitigation measures that can help to protect and promote health. The aim is to provide a framework to strengthen World Health Organization (WHO) support to Member States in developing health risk assessments and climate policy interventions that are beneficial to both women and men.

Climate Change and the Coffee Industry

Paper focusing on the effect of climate change on global coffee production, with particular
reference to small coffee producers in developing and least developed countries - highlights the
possible effects of climate change on quality, yield, pests and diseases, and irrigation; considers
potential areas of intervention, and looks at short-term solutions and long-term strategies to make
coffee producers better prepared; discusses the issue of carbon credits, and provides examples of

Lower Mekong Climate Study Projects Significant Impacts to Region’s Ecosystems and Livelihoods

The USAID Mekong ARCC's Climate Change Impact and Adaptation Study for the Lower Mekong Basin (LMB) was designed to serve as a model approach, describing the impacts on key livelihood sectors of the LMB including agriculture, capture fisheries and aquaculture, livestock, natural systems, health, and rural infrastructure.

Lower Mekong Climate Study Projects Significant Impacts to Region’s Ecosystems and Livelihoods

The USAID Mekong ARCC's Climate Change Impact and Adaptation Study for the Lower Mekong Basin (LMB) was designed to serve as a model approach, describing the impacts on key livelihood sectors of the LMB including agriculture, capture fisheries and aquaculture, livestock, natural systems, health, and rural infrastructure.

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