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

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

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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.

Resource guide on gender and climate change Resource guide on gender and climate change

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Date added: 09/09/2010
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This guide presents principal conceptual and methodological advances on gender relations in the context of climate change, with the overall objective of providing guidelines for actors, practitioners and consumers in this relatively new programme area. It has been prepared through research, analyses and combinations of international frameworks, conceptual and methodological documents, and the compilation of case studies. The Guide also considers the approaches that consultants take to deal with the topic, as well as views held by organizations and experts in this field.

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United Nations Development Programme

Gender and climate change: mapping the linkages. A scoping study on knowledge and gaps. Gender and climate change: mapping the linkages. A scoping study on knowledge and gaps.

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This paper is divided into three parts. The first part examines some of the differential impacts of climate change on men and women, as well as highlighting implications for gender in/equality. The second part takes a gendered approach to climate change adaptation, drawing particularly on a recent study from ActionAid and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). The final section provides insights into the complexities of climate change mitigation. It emphasises the need to include women in developing and implementing mitigation strategies, both to ensure their full participation in these processes and to ensure that such strategies are effective in addressing the ‘bigger picture’ of climate change and its human impacts.

Prepared for the UK Department for International Development by Alyson Brody, Justina Demetriades and Emily Esplen, BRIDGE, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), UK.

June 2008

Policy Guidance on Integrating Climate Change Adaptation into Development Co-operation Policy Guidance on Integrating Climate Change Adaptation into Development Co-operation

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This Policy Guidance is intended to provide policy makers and practitioners in development co-operation agencies with information and advice on how to mainstream climate change into development. It is a joint endeavour by the OECD‘s Environment Policy Committee (EPOC) and Development Assistance Committee (DAC) in response to the 2006 OECD Declaration on Integrating Climate Adaptation into Development Co-operation, which commits OECD members to ―work to better integrate climate change adaptation in development planning and assistance, both with their own governments and in activities undertaken with partner countries.

ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT
May 2009

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