Climate Change

Small islands, whether located in the tropics or higher latitudes, have characteristics which make them especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change, sea-level rise, and extreme events (very high confidence) ♦  Sea-level rise is expected to exacerbate inundation, storm surge, erosion and other coastal hazards, thus threatening vital infrastructure, settlements and facilities that support the livelihood of island communities (very high confidence). ♦  There is strong evidence that under most climate change scenarios, water resources in small islands are likely to be seriously compromised (very high confidence). ♦  It is very likely that subsistence and commercial agriculture on small islands will be adversely affected by climate change (high confidence). IPCC 4th Assessment Report, 2007

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Closing the Gaps: Disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change in developing countries Closing the Gaps: Disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change in developing countries

Date added: 07/08/2010
Date modified: 07/08/2010
Filesize: 3.44 MB
Downloads: 1206

The Commission examines adaptation to climate change and its links with development and disaster risk reduction and issues policy recommendations on how the resilience of vulnerable communities and countries can be strengthened through official development assistance (ODA), on appropriate institutional and financial architecture, and on the mobilization of new financial resources.

Report of the Commission on Climate Change and Development

Climate Change Science Compendium 2009 Climate Change Science Compendium 2009

Date added: 03/25/2010
Date modified: 07/12/2010
Filesize: 4.62 MB
Downloads: 1152
The Climate Change Science Compendium is a review of some 400 major scientific contributions to our understanding of Earth Systems and climate that have been released through peer-reviewed literature or from research institutions over the last three years, since the close of research for consideration by the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report.

UNEP 2009

Adaptation to Climate Change. New findings, methods and solutions Adaptation to Climate Change. New findings, methods and solutions

Date added: 07/05/2011
Date modified: 07/05/2011
Filesize: 2.32 MB
Downloads: 1140

While climate change will affect all regions of the world, people in developing countries are the most vulnerable. That is why adaptation is a priority for German development cooperation, with many programmes already addressing the challenge in partner countries. Now that the need for adaptation to climate change has been generally accepted as an immediate priority, it is time to bundle the knowledge and focus on how to adapt.

This publication addresses precisely this point. The chapters explore different dimensions of adaptive capacity that are needed to prevent or reduce negative impacts of climate change. These include, for example, access to climate information, capacity to mainstream and devise strategies on adaptation, and the ability to identify appropriate adaptation techniques in sectors where this is particularly urgent

Publisher: GIZ
Date: May 2011

Adaptation of forests to climate change. Some estimates Adaptation of forests to climate change. Some estimates

Date added: 07/12/2010
Date modified: 07/12/2010
Filesize: 1.11 MB
Downloads: 1068

This discussion paper reviews literature on the effect of climate change on the global forest sector. It delves into the literature on forest economics, climate change models, assumptions and inputs and relationships between the models and industrial forestry. It discusses the implications of the findings, costs and limitations and the need for adaptation. It applies the model predictions to three country case studies: Brazil, China and South Africa. The research elicits the following findings: i) overall forest area will not change much and the future availability of industrial wood is likely to be adequate despite the climate change. ii) the three case countries show different capacities to adapt iii) over the next fifty years the forest industry is likely to adapt without major relocation of its processing facilities. iv) any climate-induced disruptions in the industrial forest resource are likely to generate unemployment in the processing industries and in the forest.

Author: R. Sedjo (ed)
Publisher: Resources for the Future 
Date: January 2010

Adaptation of Forests and People to Climate Change – A global assessment report Adaptation of Forests and People to Climate Change – A global assessment report

Date added: 09/09/2010
Date modified: 09/09/2010
Filesize: 3.52 MB
Downloads: 2289

Forest, and the goods and services they provide, are essential for human well-being. An assessment of the likely impacts of climate change on forests and forest-dependent people, therefore, is important for effective climate change adaptation. Such an assessment can also assist the development of options for avoiding the harmful effects of climate change and to take advantage of the opportunities provided by it. This report assesses:

  • the interrelations among forest ecosystems, the services they provide, and climate change
  • the past and future impacts of climate change on forest ecosystems and the people that depend on these ecosystems
  • management and policy options for adaptation.

Risto Seppälä, Alexander Buck and Pia Katila. (eds.). 2009. Adaptation of Forests and People to Climate Change. A Global Assessment Report. IUFRO World Series Volume 22. Helsinki. 224 p.

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