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UNDP | 2011 | Issue No. 4

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released the fourth issue of its Climate Change Adaptation Bulletin, a quarterly publication that provides an overview of the technical assistance to countries at the national, sub-national and community-level.

The Bulletin includes updates on a range of topics including the status of ongoing projects, new project approvals, performance indicators, project impacts and results. Under the UNDP Environmental Finance, a Global Trust Fund, UNDP is providing technical and programming assistance to countries to develop and finance low-emission and climate resilient development strategies. Support is being provided to local governments in Uruguay and new initiatives are starting up in Colombia, Uganda, Senegal, Peru, Ethiopia and Nigeria. In addition, as a Multilateral Implementing Entity (MIE) of the Kyoto Adaptation Fund, UNDP is assisting countries to develop country-driven programmes and projects based on national priorities to manage climate change impact across key sectors. National initiatives are nationally executed by line ministries, with support from UNDP Country Offices.

The Bulletin also announces the launch of the Toolkit for Designing Climate Change Adaptation Initiatives, a hands-on guide based on lessons emerged over the last four years from UNDP's support to countries with accessing finance for adaptation.

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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.

Read more: UNDP Adaptation Toolkit

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