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Monday, August 3, 2009

More Guidance for Adaptation Planning

The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) on behalf of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) have jointly prepared a manual for climate change adaptation entitled, Climate Change Information for Effective Adaptation: A Practitioner‘s Manual.

The manual focuses on the use of climate information in adaptation, with a target audience of those working in, or responsible for decision-making around, the international development arena. As stated by Schellnhuber in the report's Foreword:

"Since development experts work at a very important interface, they are multipliers of knowledge and therefore can prepare the ground for an accelerated transition to sustainability. The main objective of the manual presented here is to enhance the capacity of those practitioners and decision makers in developing countries by translating relevant aspects of climate change research into their every-day working contexts. This guide describes the concrete steps of (i) how to obtain climate change information, (ii) how to interpret it adequately, and (iii) how to communicate the resulting knowledge in a careful and responsible way."
The report draws heavily on the IPCC's AR4 and is clearly meant to be a primer for the uninitiated, as there's just enough information to help get someone started thinking about how to apply climate information in adaptation and point in the right direction for the next step, but not enough to see one through to the end.

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