Training Course on Wetlands and Climate Change Adaptation

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Training Course on Community- and Ecosystem Based Climate Change
Adaptation
Climate change & governance
(part of Module I, Setting the stage: Responding to climate change through
communities and ecosystems)
Lead developer Module 1: N. Tubbs, Wetlands
International
Co-developers Module 1: H. van Schaik (CPWC), J.
Matthews (WWF-US)
Global climate policies
• Rio Earth Summit 1992: Establishment of the
United Framework Convention on Climate Change
(UNFCCC)
• Objective: “to stabilize greenhouse gas
concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that
would prevent dangerous anthropogenic
interference with the climate system”
• December 2009: 192 signatories
• But no legally binding targets
• Mandatory targets established under the Kyoto
protocol; ratified by most developing countries
• Scientific backup provided by the Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Global adaptation planning
Increasing attention for adaptation (global):
• Nairobi work programme
–
To assist all Parties to improve their understanding and
assessment of impacts, vulnerability and adaptation
– To assist all Parties to make informed decisions on practical
adaptation actions
• Cop 13 Bali – Bali roadmap: ‘enhanced action on
adaptation’
• CoP 15 Copenhagen: significant funding
pledged for adaptation
National adaptation planning
Increasing attention for adaptation (national):
• National Adaptation Programmes of Action
–
Adaptation plans submitted by the Least Developed
countries (LDCs)
– 40 out of 49 countries have finalized their plans
– Identifying urgent and immediate adaptation needs
• Climate considerations integrated into sectoral
planning
Key challenges
• Limited insight into what adaptation is
• ‘Tools’ and ‘approaches’ for adaptation still to
be developed
• The role of ecosystems and communities
remains insufficiently recognised – risk of
‘malapdatation’
• Strong need for increased sharing of expertise
and linking sectors
Training Course on Community- and Ecosystem Based Climate Change Adaptation
Lecture Climate change & governance
Module 1, Setting the stage: Responding to climate change through communities and
ecosystems
Colofon side
This lecture has been prepared as part of the training materials on wetlands
and climate change adaptation
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This material may be used for non-commercial purposes, provided that the
source is mentioned. Reference to this material can be made as Tubbs N. et
al, Setting the stage: Responding to climate change through communities
and ecosystems, Training Kit on Wetlands and Climate Change Adaptation,
2010, [web-reference]