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Global Adaptation Network

NEWSLETTER

AUGUST & SEPTEMBER 2020

Special Message from UNFCCC




Dear GAN colleagues,

Adaptation experts need targeted and effective ways to deliver knowledge so that decision makers have the information necessary to make choices about adaptation investments and scaled up actions. As the UNFCCC’s adaptation knowledge-to-action hub, the Nairobi Work Programme (NWP) provides a direct gateway to integrate adaptation knowledge into the international climate policy process, including the UNFCCC’s constituted bodies. The NWP connects a worldwide network of climate experts with countries and regions seeking accessible and technically robust information, and convenes these experts for new collaborative actions for adaptation.

One key project in partnership with the GAN is to facilitate collaborative actions to help close adaptation knowledge gaps at the country and regional levels. Through the Lima Adaptation Knowledge Initiative (LAKI), we are focusing on pre-identified adaptation knowledge gaps in West Asia/Gulf Cooperation Council Countries (GCC) and North Africa. The LAKI addresses critical knowledge gaps that impede the implementation and scaling up of adaptation actions at a subregional scale.
 
To ensure the actions are being designed to close existing knowledge gaps, a consortium of partners are reaching out to implementing institutions across the two subregions. Our work will culminate in a technical expert meeting in the last quarter of 2020. For more information on this work, please contact: nwp@unfccc.int
 
Our partnership with GAN continues to grow. We hope to continue to share our collaborative work in upcoming newsletters, so do stay tuned.


Best,
The NWP Team

Network News

AUG-SEP UPDATE

We’re hiring! Join us to be part of an engaging and dynamic team working on the most important adaptation issues of the day! GAN is looking for a regional liaison for the Africa region. You can apply here. The deadline is 4 October.
EPIC Training Opportunity - Are you a university or municipality in Asia that wants to strengthen climate resilience or sustainability in your city? We're pleased to share information with you about an upcoming training opportunity through the EPIC Network to gain skills and understanding of how cities and universities can more effectively create partnerships to build climate adaptation and resilience. You can find more information here. The applications are due on 1 November.
Measuring Ecosystem-based Adaptation in the Peruvian Andes - IUCN and the Mountain Institute, along with students from the Yale School of the Environment, have published an interactive story map of best practices for monitoring and evaluating ecosystem-based adaptation, drawn from work in mountainous regions of Peru as part of the Lima Adaptation Knowledge Initiative of the UNFCCC. The study summarises six best practices that can address the complexity of Monitoring & Evaluation of EbA, not only in mountain areas but also other ecosystems. For more information, please contact Wendy.Atieno@iucn.org
EPIC Africa Website Published! – The Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities Network (EPIC-N) has worked closely with the leaders of the EPIC Africa regional network to publish a new website! The new site allows EPIC Africa to improve support to all involved across the continent. The new website is also planned to coincide with the hiring of a new EPIC Africa network coordinator that will also provide direct support to EPIC Africa members. You can find the new website here: https://africa.epicn.org/

EPIC-N Membership is currently free if your institution is actively interested in starting an EPIC programme - Any university or local government leader looking to start the unique EPIC Model partnership program in their community can go directly to portal.epicn.org and use the trial account to sign up. After signing up, members will be offered a Zoom call orientation with EPIC-N staff to help newcomers consider the application of the EPIC Model. Currently, EPIC-N membership and resources are only provided in English at this time. For any questions about membership, email info@epicn.org

Dates announced for the 7th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum! - The Secretariat of APAN is pleased to announce the Ministry of the Environment, Japan, will host the 7th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum from 8-12 March 2021 (virtually). Since the first Forum in 2010, these events have become flagship Fora on adaptation, and host the largest gathering of adaptation practitioners in the Asia-Pacific region to share, converse, and work together.

The APAN Secretariat and Partners will organise a series of five dialogues designed as a precursor to the main event, covering the Forum’s four streams on: a) inclusive resilience; b) nature-based resilience; c) economic sector resilience; d) communities and local resilience. Conducted over four weeks from 19 October to 12 November 2020, the dialogue series will bring together perspectives from across different sectors in the Asia-Pacific region. You can find more information about the event here
Financing and Climate Action in Cities: Nature-based Solutions as a mechanism for adaptation in Latin America and the Caribbean - UNEP, with the support of Euroclima+, the Global Environmental Facility and Practical Action Peru, is developing a virtual course on Financing and Climate Action in Cities: Nature-based Solutions as a mechanism for adaptation in Latin America and the Caribbean. For 8 weeks, 45 participants will interact through participative and practical sessions divided into 4 different modules. Starting in October 2020, the course will cover the basics of Nature-based Solutions and will build the capacities of decision-makers to proactively design new urban development plans. Read about the course in a new brochure.
National Adaptation Plan Action Days – During the NAP Action Days on 20-21 October 2020, UNEP will be opening a dialogue between 10 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean that are developing their National Adaptation Plans (NAPs). The NAP Action Days have the goal of promoting dialogue between the coordinating teams of these projects to share their experiences and barriers. Find out more here.
Climate Action Digest - A new edition of EBAFOSA’s Climate Action Digest focuses on Unsafe Food, Africa’s Silent Killer: Promoting Food Safety Under Climate Change. Measures to inculcate food safety and build adaptation resilience need to be urgently undertaken to reverse the silent suffering of millions of lives across the continent. This issue discusses climate solutions that can drive the production of more organic food that is safe for consumption. You can find it here.

Adaptation Round-up

AUG-SEP UPDATE

Tackling climate change with South-South cooperation and nature - For the International Day for South-South Cooperation on 12 September, UNEP explored a project that’s using nature to adapt to climate change in three ecosystems – the coasts of Seychelles, the mountains of Nepal and the deserts of Mauritania. The project, titled EbA South, is widely known as a flagship initiative for South-South cooperation.
Iraq launches National Adaptation Plan process for climate change resilience - The Government of Iraq, in partnership with UNEP, has launched a process to develop a National Adaptation Plan (NAP). The NAP process aims to build climate resilience through strategic planning based on projections of future climate change. NAPs are seen as one of the most important mechanisms for adapting to climate change.
UN ramps up drive to restore the natural world - UNEP and FAO have published the strategy for the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030, which aims to raise awareness about the need for restoring the natural world. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to make use of the Decade’s newly launched website and a brand-new visual identity, along with various communication tools. See the Decade's new video here.
Major study: Mapping the evidence of nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation – A systematic review of nature-based solutions for climate adaptation has been published in Global Change Biology. The global review investigates nearly 400 scientific studies and provides evidence that nature-based solutions play a key role in addressing the impacts of climate change. The review also highlights evidence gaps and potential trade-offs to be avoided.

New research will improve early warning of devastating megastorms – Groundbreaking scientific research will make it easier to predict the path of some of the world’s most powerful storms, enabling coastal communities to better protect themselves from severe flooding. The research is helping scientists to develop online tools to better forecast an approaching storm and inform alert systems for communities across Africa. 
Experiences of integrating agriculture in sectoral and national adaptation planning processes in Vietnam – A case study from UNDP is part of a new series that describes the steps taken to formulate and implement National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), with an emphasis on adaptation in agriculture (including forestry, livestock and fisheries). The series provides national policymakers with information to address the challenges posed by climate change to agriculture sectors.
GEF and partners to make business case for nature-based infrastructure - The Global Environment Facility (GEF) approved a $2 million grant for a partnership on nature-based infrastructure. By establishing the business case through financial modelling and climate change projections, the project will seek to increase investments in nature-based infrastructure to adapt to the impacts of climate change.
Upcoming Webinar: Reporting Adaptation Through the Biennial Transparency Report - An upcoming webinar from UNEP DTU on 7 October will discuss what national reporting on adaptation will look like in the Biennial Transparency Report (BTR) and how the introduction of this new UNFCCC report will change how countries report on adaptation going forward. Please follow the link for more information and for registration.


Upcoming Events

 

 

GAN's Reading Lists

  • Climate Adaptation Suggested Reading - August & September 2020 - link
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