News Overview

Sep 19, 2018
This new publication by GIZ further adresses the connection between the NDC and the NAP process in order to combine efforts in mainstreaming the multilaterial framework on climate action in place since 2015. With the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement in 2015, adaptation is now firmly on the international agenda. […]
Sep 17, 2018
This is the first in a series of briefs by the NAP Global Network and GIZ focusing on alignment of country efforts under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. These represent key national policy processes that can advance climate-resilient development by facilitating systematic consideration […]
Aug 13, 2018
Climate change is challenging coastal and marine ecosystems. To strengthen capacities among decision-makers, the Blue Solutions Initiative developed four modular training courses – the Blue Training Courses – focusing on climate change adaptation, ecosystem services, conservation finance and marine spatial planning: Blue Climate Change and Adaptation (CCA, 3-5 training days) introduces the theory and practical […]
Jul 31, 2018
This study by WRI and GIZ on national-level implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change suggests that both proceed on different tracks, despite the growing recognition of the ample opportunities they present for synergies.
Jun 21, 2018
The Tool for Assessing Adaptation in the NDCs (TAAN) is an interactive knowledge platform that provides detailed information on adaptation in the (I)NDCs. In particular, it demonstrates objectives, priorities and vulnerabilities as well as country adaptation actions and measures as indicated in the (I)NDCs. The new section labelled Data gives the user the possibility to […]
Jun 18, 2018
From June 18 to 21, Adaptation Futures 2018 will convene over 1,000 scientists, practitioners, business leaders and policy-makers from around the world in Cape Town, South Africa, to discuss climate change adaptation. On Tuesday, June 19, GIZ is hosting a Side Event “Linking the NAP process and NDCs to accelerate enhanced adaptation action”. The event will discuss […]
Apr 04, 2018
Four Country Case Studies were developed on the national adaptation planning (NAP) process in selected countries. The purpose of this series is to provide an update on the current NAP process, showing first lessons learned and giving an outlook on the next steps to be taken in the iterative NAP process, considering how it contributes to reaching the countries´ adaptation goals. The case studies shall furthermore serve the purpose of peer learning to countries that are planning or just starting the NAP process.
Mar 12, 2018
The Risk Supplement to the Vulnerability Sourcebook introduces the IPCC AR5 risk concept and provides guidelines on how to conduct risk assessments using the Vulnerability Sourcebook’s approach.
Feb 28, 2018
SAFE THE DATE: We invite to the 2nd webinar within our current discussion series on financing EbA.  Finance options and instruments for EbA: Experiences from practicioners Date/time: 7 March 2018, 9.00 am – 10.00 am CET Agenda National Funds in an EbA context: Experiences from the People’s Survival Fund in the Philippines Accessing global funds: […]
Feb 24, 2018
We invite you to join the upcoming webinar on  “Finance options and instruments for Ecosystem-based Adaptation: Overview and application of EbA-relevant finance sources” Date/Time: Tue, Feb 27, 2018 3:30 PM – 4.30 PM CET Agenda: Finance options and instruments for Ecosystem-based Adaptation: Overview and application of EbA-relevant finance sources (by Climate Focus) Experiences from practitioners (by GIZ) This session […]
Jan 12, 2018
How to mainstream Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) in national and subnational processes? How to generate evidence on effectiveness and what are success stories on communicating EbA to a wider audience? What are opportunities and instruments for financing EbA measures at different scales? And how to set up monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems and indicators to track […]
Jul 12, 2018
Mexico’s coastal wetlands are key for people’s adaptation to climate change . The project “Adaptation and Blue Carbon” is the first adaptation project funded by the national Climate Change Fund created by the General Law of Climate Change. The BMU-IKI project Mainstreaming EbA, implemented by GIZ, supports the communication of its success story. Video: Long version Video: […]
Jul 05, 2018
Learning from each other’s success – this is the concept of the PANORAMA – Solutions for a Healthy Planet partnership initiative – funded by IKI and GEF – to document and promote examples of inspiring, replicable solutions across a range of development topics, including climate change adaptation and ecosystem management. During Adaptation Futures 2018, GIZ […]
Jun 18, 2018
A guidebook developed by GIZ in collaboration with Eurac Research and United Nations University – Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) helps planners and practitioners in designing and implementing climate risk assessments in the context of Ecosystem-based Adaptation projects. It provides a standardized approach to assess risks within social-ecological systems based on two application […]
Jun 13, 2018
A new report developed by GIZ provides an overview of available public and private financing sources to implement and sustain EbA measures. It highlights ten practical and illustrative examples to inspire project developers and practitioners interested in exploring different ways to access resources and engagement models for EbA financing. View the report here.
Jun 08, 2018
A new series of case studies developed by GIZ in five countries summarize promising policy entry points and governance structures for EbA mainstreaming at policy and practitioner level. Up to five examples for each country illustrate the diversity of initiatives that support the mainstreaming of EbA but also show existing barriers. The studies include various […]
May 15, 2018
Moving from pilots to mainstreaming – opportunities and challenges of scaling up Ecosystem-based Adaptation: As a UNFCCC SB48 side event, the 3rd EbA Knowledge Day brought together UN negotiators, policy makers, practicioners, researchers and donors working on issues relevant to climate adaptation, ecosystem management and human resilience. More than 60 members from 30 different organizations participated in […]
Apr 12, 2018
What are challenges and potentials of mainstreaming climate risk management into infrastructure investment planning? How can the mainstreaming of climate risk management into infrastructure planning serve NAP implementation? How can the use and provision of Climate Information and Services serve national adaptation planning and what are the associated challenges? On Wednesday 2nd of May 2018 […]
Jan 02, 2018
How to achieve the adaptation goals contained in the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) in practice? On AdaptationCommunity.net we already present various tools for supporting policy-makers and key stakeholders in their efforts to develop, implement and evaluate adaptation measures. The GIZ Climate Policy Support Programme has developed a toolbox compiling all these tools and organizing them […]
Jan 02, 2018
Through the Lima Call for Climate Action, Parties were invited to communicate their adaptation planning efforts in their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). Unless countries chose to amend their INDCs prior to ratifying the Paris Agreement, these documents became their first Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). As of October 2017, 162 countries have submitted NDCs of […]
Dec 19, 2017
Even though EbA is recognised to hold considerable potential to strengthen climate adaption, it is still yet to be fully mainstreamed into development policy and practice. Valuation can provide convincing – and usually much-needed – evidence of the benefits of investing in ecosystem-based approaches, in themselves, and in comparison (and combination) with grey measures. It […]
Dec 06, 2017
We are pleased to announce the launch of our brand new Twitter Account! We share on-going debates, events and new developments regarding climate change adaptation on a daily basis.  Let’s start a conversation and realize the adaptation community!  Follow @Adapt_Community now for more information on climate change adaptation action! 
Nov 22, 2017
UNEP has been publishing an Emissions Gap Report since 2010 which quantifies the gap in ambition to stay below 2°Celsius. In 2017, for the third time, UNEP also published an Adaptation Gap Report. The Report explores how progress towards the global goal on adaptation can be assessed. The topic is highly relevant for the UN climate […]
Nov 14, 2017
The 2nd Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) Knowledge Day – hosted by GIZ, IUCN, IIED and DIE under the Friends of EbA (FEBA) network – during COP 23 in Bonn focussed on the topic ‘Strengthening Ecosystem-based Adaptation in policy frameworks: Communicating benefits, developing financing strategies’. During a short panel discussion, speakers from BMUB IKI, UN-Environment, Government of Mexico, […]
Nov 03, 2017
How can climate risks be addressed in an integrated way? How can National Adaptation Plans be used efficiently to serve the NDC adaptation goals? How can additional private sector finance be mobilized for successful adaptation? And what are the lessons learned from pioneer countries? On Monday, the 6th of November 2017 from 4 – 5 pm, […]
Oct 20, 2017
The international EbA Community in collaboration with the SNRD Asia Climate Change Adaptation Working Group are delighted to invite you to a series of two webinar on Webinar 1: Climate risk assessments in the adaptation policy context, 24 October 2017, 8.00-9.00 CET GIZ’s new Risk Supplement to the Vulnerability Sourcebook Country insight: Reconciling risk & vulnerability assessment for […]
Oct 12, 2017
The Risk Supplement to the Vulnerability Sourcebook (PDF) introduces the IPCC AR5 risk concept and provides guidelines on how to conduct risk assessments using the Vulnerability Sourcebook’s approach. The Vulnerability Sourcebook (PDF) provides step-by-step guidelines to conduct robust vulnerability assessments according to the IPCC concept of vulnerability. Since its publication in 2014, it has been widely […]
Sep 15, 2017
What are the recent developments at global and national level and experiences on mainstreaming ecosystem-based adaptation? What are promising entry points for mainstreaming EbA? How to measure success of EbA to demonstrate and communicate EbA impacts? Which public and private options are available to sustainably finance EbA? And how to best generate and use evidence […]
Aug 21, 2017
Financing is needed throughout the entire National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process – from its initiation to the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of prioritized adaptation actions. Many countries need assistiance with determining how to secure the financing for their NAP processes. Therefore, the NAP Global Network has recently published a new Guidance Note, increasing the likelohood of […]
Jul 10, 2017
A new book chapter outlines M&E of community-based adaptation. The chapter presents results from the 9th Community-based Adaptation conference (CBA9) in Nairobi. Entitled “Key considerations for monitoring and evaluation of community-based Adaptation” it: Introduces four considerations for the development of an adaptation M&E system (purpose, content, target audience, capacities & resources) Discusses principles, frameworks and trade-offs for […]
Jun 23, 2017
This webinar, which took place on the 14th June 2017, explores how countries are developing national monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems for adaptation in context of the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process. Results of a survey of country needs and experiences regarding M&E from the NAP Global Network are presented along with the country example of  South Africa’s […]
Jun 02, 2017
We are pleased to announce the release of our new website, designed with a user-friendly navigation and updated with new information and topics.
Feb 24, 2017
The webinar series will deal with different topics related to the national adaptation plan (NAP) process, insights from the Network’s activities, as well as specific country experiences.
Feb 15, 2017
Why is it relevant to have evidence on the effectiveness of EbA, how to generate this evidence and communicate it to the target groups?
Jan 06, 2017
We need effective and field-proven tools and methods to support adaptive management and decision-making and consider EbA measures within an overall adaptation strategy.
Dec 08, 2016
What if we could learn from each other’s success? The EbA Solution Portal fosters sharing of field-proven knowledge and experience on Ecosystem-based Adaptation in different regions and ecosystems around the globe.
Nov 22, 2016
The 3rd webinar Identifying and prioritizing EbA Options within the discussion series on EbA-relevant Tools & Methods will take place on November 24th, 4.00-5.30 h pm CEST.
Nov 16, 2016
The Stocktaking for National Adaptation Planning (SNAP) tool was developed by GIZ to assess, enhance, and monitor a country’s capacity for adaptation planning.
Jun 01, 2016
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 […]
Feb 25, 2016
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 […]
Jun 08, 2015
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 […]
Jun 08, 2015
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 […]
Dec 03, 2014
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 […]
Oct 02, 2014
Les Fonds Nationaux pour le financement climatique La GIZ et l’Observatoire du Sahara et du Sahel (OSS) vous invitent au webinaire sur Les Fonds Nationaux pour le financement climatique. C’est le deuxième webinaire d’une série de quatre qui vont avoir lieu entre Septembre et Décembre 2014 traitant des différents sujets en relation avec la préparation […]
Sep 15, 2014
Update: The recording of the webinar can be accessed here. Architecture du financement climatique mondial et en Afrique La GIZ et l’Observatoire du Sahara et du Sahel (OSS) vous invitent au webinaire sur l’architecture du financement climatique mondial et en Afrique. C’est le premier webinaire d’une série de quatre qui vont avoir lieu entre Septembre […]
Sep 12, 2014
Climate change adaptation creates a significant reduction of vulnerability towards current and future climate change impacts; hence a good understanding of local vulnerabilities, the implementation of appropriate adaptation measures and the continuous review of their effectiveness are of importance. The GIZ has developed several approaches and tools to enhance adaptation to climate change among which […]
Jul 11, 2014
At the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC in Durban (COP 17) in 2011, bilateral and multilateral agencies were invited to support the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process and to establish support programmes for developing countries. In providing such support it is important to recognise the flexible and country-driven nature of the NAP process. […]
Jun 13, 2014
Last Tuesday, 10th June, GIZ and IIED hosted a side event on “Measuring and reporting effective adaptation: challenges, approaches and ways forward“ at the UNFCCC SB40 in Bonn, Germany. More information and background material can be found in the Knowledge section. Christoph Feldkötter, GIZ (left); Susanne Schwan, GIZ; Susannah Fisher, iied; Nguyen Huong Thuy Phan, […]
May 21, 2014
Update: The recording of the webinar can be accessed here. We are pleased to invite you to the webinar “Insights into National Adaptation Planning” which will take place on 26th May, from 10:30 am to 12 noon (CEST). It is the first session of a series of webinars for stimulating the technical discussion on the NAP […]
Apr 07, 2014
Dear colleagues, dear friends, We are pleased to invite you to a new webinar that follows up on the 2013 discussion series on Climate Information & Services: Webinar: “Launching of the Climate Information System of Indonesia: good practice and lessons learnt” Date: 30 April 2014, 10 am – 11:30 am CEST (UTC+2), originally 9 April […]
Mar 04, 2014
In order to support focused adaptation efforts in agriculture, GIZ commissioned a detailed study about how different crops are affected by climate change. Impacts do not only depend on the type of crop and its location, but also vary during a plant’s stages of growth. In addition, different aspects of climate change can have different […]
Feb 17, 2014
Another instalment of the Training Course for Integrating Adaptation into Development Planning was conducted in South Africa from 13 to 16 January, and very well received. 26 participants studied an extended version of the basic training, covering topics such as assessing vulnerability, identifying adaptation options, and selecting adaptation measures. The course also included an exchange […]
Feb 03, 2014
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 […]
Jan 21, 2014
The “Planning Process Analysis” tool has been developed by GIZ to support the UNFCCC National Adaptation Planning (NAP) process in Least Developed Countries. The tool was piloted in Mauritania in October 2013 in cooperation with the Programme de Gestion des Ressources Naturelles (ProGRN), which GIZ is implementing on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for […]
Jan 16, 2014
In December 2013, more than 40 stakeholders from the public sector and the civil society assisted in the kick-off workshop for a new NAP support activity by GIZ and the Togolese Ministry of Environment and Forest Resources in Lomé, Togo. The objective of the measure is to improve the preconditions for effective medium and long-term […]
Jan 13, 2014
Happy new year to all members and readers of AdaptationCommunity.net! For all of you who are interested in education and training about adaptation, the “cookbook” for customising the training course on integrating climate change adaptation into development planning has been finished and is now available in English, with Spanish and French translations in the works. […]
Dec 20, 2013
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 AdaptationCommunity.net. In the study, […]
Dec 13, 2013
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 […]
Dec 06, 2013
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. […]
Nov 29, 2013
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 […]
Nov 22, 2013
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 […]
Nov 15, 2013
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 […]
Nov 08, 2013
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 […]
Sep 28, 2013
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, […]
Sep 16, 2013
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 […]
Sep 05, 2013
There are some new Method Briefs: Tunisia: Climate proofing a farm production system South Africa: Participatory M&E for sustainable land use Enjoy! Thanks to all contributors!
Jul 29, 2013
The community has contributed new Method Briefs to the collection of Methods Briefs in the Knowledge section of the AdaptationCommunity.net. From Tunisia: Environmental Cost-Benefit Analysis Thanks to the contributors!
Jul 11, 2013
Five new Method Briefs have been contributed by the community to the collection of Methods Briefs. They are now available in the Knowledge section of the AdaptationCommunity.net. From South Africa: The Climate Information Portal – providing climate information to users From Mexico: Piloting a Multicriteria-Analysis for prioritising adaptation measures for three sectors From Germany: Mainstreaming adaptation into coastal […]
Jun 03, 2013
Out discussion series on mainstreaming adaptation will be concluded with a final webinar on 4 June, 10am CEST. Dear colleagues, dear friends, We are happy to invite you to the final webinar of our discussion series on mainstreaming adaptation. It will provide: A wrap up of the discussion series on mainstreaming adaptation; An input by […]
May 23, 2013
In our discussion series on Mainstreaming Adaptation, we are happy to invite you to another webinar about our friends’ experiences in the field. It will start on 28 May, 4pm CEST. Dear colleagues, dear friends, I am happy to invite you to the above webinar of our discussion series on Mainstreaming Adaptation, it presents three […]
May 20, 2013
Friends from Mexico, Peru, and Bolivia will contribute their experiences with mainstreaming adaptation to our discussion series in a Webinar on 21 May, 4pm CEST. Come and join the debate, the more the merrier! Dear colleagues, dear friends, I am happy to invite you to the above webinar of our discussion series on Mainstreaming Adaptation, […]
May 14, 2013
The discussion on capacity development and training will continue with another webinar on 16 May 2013 at 9am CEST. There will be a panel discussion, but no snacks, due to technical constraints. The webinar is open to all, as always! ”Making the step from training to effective adaptation” On 16 May 2013 – Webinar session […]
May 06, 2013
Five years after the OECD policy guidance on mainstreaming climate change and development has been published, let us ask where we stand, and what has been achieved. Two prominent speakers will give a webinar on 7 April, 9am CEST. Come and join the debate! Dear colleagues, dear friends, We are happy to invite you to the above webinar […]
Mar 14, 2013
We are pleased to invite you to the webinar “Getting up to speed – Introduction to Adaptation M&E”. The webinar is based on a newly developed training module on adaptation M&E and covers the following aspects: What is adaptation M&E and what benefits does it have? How can M&E of adaptation be approached at project […]
Mar 03, 2013
We are pleased to invite you to the webinar on “Climate Change Impact Chains in Coastal Areas – The Current State of Knowledge” on 19 March, 3 pm (Ph time) / 8 am (CET). It is conducted under the study Climate Change Impact Chains in Coastal Areas, which forms part of the project Inventory of […]