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Adapting_to_Coastal_Climate_ChangeUnited states agency for international development (USAID), Coastal Resources center–University of Rhode Island (CRC-URI) and International Resources Group (IRG) | May 2009

The challenges we all must face in adapting to climate variability and change present themselves with increasing urgency. Nowhere will these challenges be greater than in the developing world where often weak institutions and governance systems struggle to deal with mounting pressures from population growth, inadequate infrastructure, and diminishing or already depleted natural resources.In this context, the unique ecosystem processes and extraordinary development pressures within the coastal zone require that development planners – and the donors who assist with development – give special urgency to the task of helping to build resiliency against the impacts of climate change. The changes are many and already underway.

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UNDP_Adaptation_ToolkitDesigning Climate Change Adaptation Initiatives: A Toolkit for Practitioners

The toolkit is a step-by-step guide on how to develop adaptation initiatives in developing countries. The guide helps to understand how to differentiate between a climate change “adaptation” and a traditional development initiative, and what key elements must be considered when developing and designing an adaptation initiative. It sets out the fundamental components of the design process, the approach to building stakeholder consensus, and key tools and methodologies. Throughout the text, features—such as useful tips, case studies and explanatory diagrams— aim to further facilitate practical implementation of the guidance.

The target audience is climate concerned development practitioners, including government authorities, representatives from civil society organizations and local communities. With the emergence of new funds through a replenished GEF-5, and new funding mechanisms such as the Adaptation Fund, it is hoped that this toolkit will assist countries to design adaptation initiatives that are monitorable, reportable and verifiable.

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IFC_Climate_Risk_and_BusinessBy Vladimir Stenek, International Finance Corporation; Richenda Connell, Acclimatise; John Firth, Acclimatise; Michelle Colley, Acclimatise (IFC, September 2010)

Climate change creates both risks and opportunities for the private sector, particularly in emerging markets, and may affect companies’ financial, economic, environmental and social performance, especially when they rely on long-lived fixed assets or have complex supply chains. Recognizing the gaps in knowledge of how climate change will affect the private sector, IFC has undertaken a series of studies with clients in developing countries. These studies aim to better understand gaps and barriers to climate risk analysis, test and develop risk evaluation methodologies, and identify possible adaptation responses and needs. The first three pilot studies are featured in Climate Risk and Business, the second in a series of publications about climate risk and the private sector.

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