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. AdaptationCommunity.net 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 AdaptationCommunity.net 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 http://pik-potsdam.de/cigrasp-2/. ci:grasp was developed by the Potsdom Institute for Climate Impact Research (German abbreviation PIK).