New section on Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA)

Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) is a nature-based solution to increase people’s resilience in the face of climate change. A new section on EbA is now available on AdaptationCommunity.net. To support decision-makers at international, national and local level to mainstream (ecosystem-based) adaptation into policy and planning processes, practical tools and examples are provided. More details and materials can be found here

NEW: Vulnerability Sourcebook now available in French & Spanish

With the Vulnerability Sourcebook the GIZ has developed a very useful tool to enhance adaptation to climate change. This practitioner’s manual offers a step-by-step approach to conduct vulnerability assessments and monitor and evaluate changes of vulnerability over time. It can be applied from the local to the national level and to a broad range of sectors – as successfully done in Burundi, Mozambique, Bolivia and Pakistan. Besides that it is a very useful tool for further implementation of the National Adaptation Planning (NAP) process.

Download the Vulnerability Sourcebook now in French or Spanish from this website.

The publication contains eight modules, which provide detailed guidance on how to conduct a vulnerability assessment. They cover the preparation phase, the development of impact chains, the selection of indicators, how to gather the necessary data, how to process this data for vulnerability assessments, and how to present the findings. Furthermore, the Vulnerability Sourcebook highlights how practitioners can use vulnerability assessments for monitoring and evaluation (M&E).

NEW: National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process country-level training

The National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process country-level training has been developed jointly by GIZ, the NAP GSP, UNDP, UNITAR and UNEP. It is supposed to assist multiple sectors at the country-level and constitutes the basis for a country upon which to strategize, steer and manage its NAP process. The overall aim of the training is to build capacities for the integration of a variety of sectors into the NAP process as well as to include adaptation to climate change into a country’s political- and budget planning.

Thus, the participants of the training work towards a common understanding of what NAP means for their country, which indicates that the training is tailored to the requirements of the group of participants and the country context. 

For further and more detailed information on how the training is conducted in particular, please visit the NAP country-level training section in our knowledge base.

General information on National Adaptation Planning can be accessed here.

Side Event: Monitoring & Reporting Adaptation: learning from pioneering countries

Tuesday, 9 June, 3:15 – 4:45 pm, Bundeskunsthalle (German Art Gallery)

How can countries track and report on their adaptation progress at national level? What is the purpose of national adaptation monitoring and reporting and what does it look like in practice? How can it support learning and decision making? At the Side Event, pioneering countries will present their approach followed by an interactive fishbowl discussion with the audience.

This Side Event at the UN Climate Change Conference (SB42) is organized by GIZ on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Speakers include:

  • Christina Chan, Adaptation Committee
  • Helena Gaddi, Climate Change Commission, the Philippines
  • Gottfried von Gemmingen, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
  • Susanne Hempen, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)
  • Vhalinavho Khavhagali, Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa

Location: Bundeskunsthalle (German Art Gallery) which is located directly at the subway station “Heussallee/Museumsstraße” close World Conference Center Bonn. A map is included in the Side Event Flyer

Presentations from the Side Event can be downloaded here. If you have any questions please contact Timo.Leiter@giz.de

NEW: NAP Align – Aligning NAP with development and budget planning

NAP Align is an analysis tool designed to help countries align their national adaptation plan (NAP) processes with their overall national development goals, as well as budgets. It forms a supplement to the NAP technical guidelines developed by the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (UNFCCC) and provides further details of several steps outlined in the NAP technical guidelines. NAP Align highlights the importance of taking both the planning procedures and the budgeting framework of the country into consideration in the earliest stages of the NAP process.

NAP Align is targeted at various practitioners involved in the NAP process, including NAP multisectoral coordination committees, task forces and working groups. It assists them in analysing the individual country’s development planning and budgeting processes to find entry points for the alignment of NAP. It also describes the links between planning and budgeting cycles, particularly those regarded as central to adaptation planning.

The analysis comprises a set of questions which cover the following topics: development planning, donor coordination structures, financial and budget planning, financing climate change adaptation, medium term expenditure frameworks, and the budget cycle.

Find the full publication here.

Revised Study on Economic Approaches for Assessing CCA Options

Adaptation practitioners often need to quantify costs, benefits, and avoided losses to inform their decisions on adaptation strategies. The study “Economic Approaches for Assessing Cimate Change Adaptation Options”, commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), presents two economic methods which can be used in assessing vulnerability as well as selecting adaptation measures: a basic cost-benefit analysis (CBA) and a more sophisticated Multi Criteria Analysis (MCA). It has now been updated to cover the controversial issue of discounting more thoroughly.

Like before, two Excel tools for applying CBA and MCA are provided. Both approaches have been piloted by AdaptationCommunity.net’s partners in Mexico (Method Briefs on CBA and MCA are available on the website). And for yet another different take on quantifying the costs and benefits of CCA options, see the “Saved Health, Saved Wealth” approach which aims to avoid the problem of monetarising human life.