Final version of CIFOR study on climate impact chains in coastal areas

CIFOR’s study on climate change impact chains in coastal areas, funded by the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), was presented already in two webinars this year. The final report has been finished just in time for the holidays and is now available for download on In the study, you can read how five different stressors may create hazards and affect the vulnerability of coastal ecosystems: ocean acidification, ocean warming, precipitation, sea-level rise, and tropical storms.

Of course the study points out a vast body of academic literature that can be used to inform planners in even more detail. Abstracts and methods are provided in an extensive annex. For practical use, it is also accompanied by two short policy briefs: one about the potential of ecosystem-based adaptation strategies in Indonesia and the Philippines, and another one giving a quick overview of the impact chains for those who are short on time.

This fair amount of reading should keep you busy for the next two weeks, when this website will be a bit quieter due to the Christmas holidays. For those of you who celebrate it, wishes you a merry Christmas, and a happy New Year to you all!

Animated adaptation film now available in eleven languages

Our animated film “We know enough about climate change” explains the basics of climate change and how mitigation as well as adaptation will be necessary in the future. This week we added three new translations to the eight that had been available already. On GIZ’s YouTube channel, the film is now available in Hindi, Bengali and Tamil. Another recent addition is the Mongolian language version, which viewers might have already noticed.

Webinar on new developments in monitoring and evaluation (M&E)

On Tuesday, 10 December, the last webinar of 2013 will give an update on adaptation monitoring and evaluation (M&E). Come, listen and join the discussion! To participate, click on the link, enter your e-mail address and choose “attend in browser”.

Date: 10 December, 3 pm – 4:30 pm CET

Two guest speakers will share their expertise. First, Ms Christina Chan, Vice-Chair of the UNFCCC’s Adaptation Committee, will speak about results and insights from the Adaptation Committee’s workshop on M&E, conducted in September in Fiji, where progress indicators for adaptation were discussed.

Furthermore, Anne Hammill of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) will present the first systematic overview and assessment of national adaptation M&E efforts, published jointly by GIZ and IISD (available online at The webinar will discuss current trends, good practice examples and a repository of adaptation indicators at the national level.

As always, the presentations will be followed by a detailed Q&A session.

COP19 Side Event with the Climate Knowledge Brokers Group

At the 19th Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC in Warsaw this month, GIZ-IMACC co-hosted a side event with the Climate Knowledge Brokers (CKB) Group. The discussion covered an important topic: How can we make use of the growing amount of climate information and knowledge websites that are available?

There is a risk that the growing number of different information services might confuse people who need to understand the impacts of climate change rather than informing their decisions. Find out more about the Climate Knowledge Brokers Group in our article and watch a video recording of the debate.

New Method Brief: Vulnerability Assessment in Madagascar

Our colleagues in Madagascar have prepared a new method brief about a vulnerability assessment they conducted in the Boeny region of north-western Madagascar. An integrated approach was used, combining a desk study of climate and economic data with a field study that took the knowledge and perceptions of local stakeholders into account.

In addition to the study, the impacts of climate change were discussed in a workshop in order to paint a better picture of vulnerabilities and adaptation needs. In this way, the approach can help focus resources on the most important adaptation needs and minimise the risk for maladaptation. The method brief is now available in the Vulnerability Assessment section of our knowledge base.

New Section on National Adaptation Planning (NAPs)

Successful adaptation needs long-term planning. now devotes a new section to the National Adaptation Planning (NAP) process which was devised at the COP16 in Cancún. NAPs are meant to complement short-term adaptation projects by building long-term adaptive capacity, and can be a powerful tool to guide the process of adaptation.

AdaptationCommunity’s section on NAPs provides an overview of the UNFCCC’s NAP support structure and links to more detailed planning guidelines. It also outlines the different tools and materials offered by GIZ that help adaptation planners define and implement strategic adaptation needs and goals.

New version of the Climate Impacts: Global and Regional Adaptation Support Platform

A new page on is dedicated to our partner project, the Climate Impacts: Global and Regional Adaptation Support Platform (ci:grasp in short). It describes in more detail how ci:grasp can provide knowledge about the impacts of climate change to adaptation practitioners and support them in their decisions and planning.

The updated version of ci:grasp has been made available at ci:grasp was developed by the Potsdom Institute for Climate Impact Research (German abbreviation PIK).

Webinar: Climate Change Impact Chains in Coastal Areas on 1 and 2 October

The discussion series on Climate Change Impact Chains in Coastal Areas will continue with a second webinar beginning of October. The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) will join us to present their latest knowledge about climate change impacts in coastal zones. Come and join the debate!

Dates: 1 October, 9 am – 10:30 am CEST and 2 October, 4 pm – 5:30pm CEST

Dear colleagues, dear friends,

We are pleased to invite you to the second webinar conducted under the study Climate Change Impact Chains in Coastal Areas. CIFOR have created a literature review about the latest insights into the impacts of climate change in Coastal Areas, which will be presented and discussed in the webinar. Furthermore, we will discuss the usability of the results for planning adaptation interventions in coastal areas as well share our experiences with adaptation in in coastal zones, and ecosystem-based adaptation in particular.

The respective dates in different time zones are:

Time Zone

1 October

2 October

Mexico DF

2 am – 3:30 am

9 am – 10:30 am


3 am – 4:30 am

10 am – 11:30 am


2 am – 3:30 am

9 am – 10:30 am


3 am – 4:30 am

10 am – 11:30 am


8 am – 9:30 am

3 pm – 4:30 pm

Germany (CEST)

9 am – 10:30 am

4 pm – 5:30 pm

South Africa

9 am – 10:30 am

4 pm – 5:30 pm

Jakarta/Indonesia (WIB)

2 pm – 3:30 pm

9 pm – 10:30 pm


3 pm – 4:30 pm

10 pm – 11:30 pm


12:30 pm – 2 pm

7:30 pm – 9 pm

Check out all webinars.

To participate, please follow the links to either the session on 1 October or 2 October, enter your e-mail address, choose “attend in browser” and access the webinar.

Technical requirements: Please use a headset and enable Java in your browser. To make sure that your system matches all requirements, conduct a system check. For technical support click here.

We highly appreciate your participation in this webinar in order to make the study results as useful as possible for you!

Recommendation Paper on Adaptation M&E now online

Based on experiences in several countries currently setting up Adaptation Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) systems, a recommendation paper for M&E on the national level was developed.

It synthesises the experiences made so far with adaptation M&E to key messages for adaptation practitioners and decision-makers. It intends to supplement existing guidelines and training material by providing recommendations ‘from practice to practice’. It also includes comments from participants of several workshops.

You find the paper in the Knowledge section under M&E under Further reading.

Enjoy reading!