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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Asia/Pacific Network Climate Report

Recently, the Asia/Pacific Network (APN) published a Climate Synthesis Report, which is a synthesis of 56-related projects funded by the APN since 1999. The report indicates that,

"while there is much activity at the global level, there is a great need to intensify investigative research of climate change and climate variability and trends at the regional level, as these are still poorly understood. Consistent socio-economic data collection is needed, as is the need for an interdisciplinary approach to solving complex climate change problems. The increasing frequency and severity of floods, droughts and extreme temperatures requires the use of appropriate indices to improve monitoring and prediction of extreme events."

The report can be found on the APN Website at

U.S. AID's Climate Change and Development Strategy

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) recently released a new 5-year Climate Change and Development Strategy:

"USAID is considering both how our activities affect greenhouse gas emissions and the impacts that a changing climate is already having (and will continue to have) on our globe. The strategy prioritizes development planning and programming for sustainable economic growth that is not only resilient to climate change but also reduces contributions to greenhouse gas emissions."

In Search of Good Practices for Urban Adaptation

ESCAP, UN-HABITAT and the Rockefeller Foundation are seeking assistance in documenting good practices on urban climate change adaptation & resilience as part of an effort to prepare a 'Quick Guide' on climate change adaptation and resilience in urban poor communities in Asia and the Pacific.

If you know of a practice that has already been documented extensively, e.g. for an award, for advocacy or training – online or in print, kindly send the a) name and location of the good practice; b) link to and/ or the document itself describing the good practice; and c) contact details of a focal point able to provide further information to by latest Mon, 27 Feb 2012.

Meanwhile, in recognition that many good practices have yet to be recorded, the partners also seek to commission the documentation of several good practices between February and May 2012. Local documenters of selected good practices will be remunerated for their contribution and work closely with ESCAP in a reiterative documentation process, as part of which ESCAP also plans to visit some of the practices. If you or your organization is interested in documenting a good practice between February and May 2012 that you have extensive knowledge of, that is at an advanced implementation stage and that has not been documented in detail before, then kindly send below completed Summary Questionnaire to: by latest Mon, 27 Feb 2012. The partners will short-list good practices to be documented from all completed expressions of interest that we receive and contact focal points of the selected practices.

Climate Variability and Change in the Himalayas

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) has published a new study that investigates the effects of climate and socioeconomic change on the livelihoods of mountain people in the Hindu-Kush Himalayan (HKH) region, causes of vulnerability, and the ways people cope with and adapt to change, with the overall aim of contributing to enhancing the resilience of vulnerable mountain communities. ICIMOD conducted a community-based vulnerability and adaptive capacity assessment in four areas: Uttarakhand in northwestern India; Nepal, Eastern Bhutan, and North East India, to identify peoples perceptions of climate variability and change; to identify underlying causes of vulnerability of mountain communities; to assess existing coping and adaptation mechanisms and their sustainability in view of predicted future climate change; and to formulate recommendations on how to improve individual and collective assets. The findings demonstrate that climate and socioeconomic change are already affecting the livelihoods of mountain communities, and that the communities have developed a repertoire of response strategies to these changes.

The report can be downloaded at