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Title: The AIACC Project Assessments of Impacts and Adaptations to Climate Change

The AIACC ProjectAssessments of Impacts and
Adaptations to Climate Change
  • Ravi Sharma
  • United Nations Environment Programme-Global
    Environment Facility
  • UNFCCC Workshop, Manila
  • 29 April 2004

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AIACC Background
  • GEF enabling project in climate change focal area
  • Geographic scope Global
  • Project period 2001-2005
  • Implementing Agency UNEP
  • Executing Agencies START TWAS
  • Proposal developed as collaboration between
    authors of IPCC Third Assessment Report, UNEP,
    START, and TWAS

AIACC Support
AIACC Objectives
  • Build scientific and technical capacity to
    support National Communications
  • Advance scientific understanding of climate
    change impacts, vulnerabilities and adaptation
  • Link science and policy communities for
    adaptation planning

AIACC Means for achieving objectives
  • Implement regional VA assessments
  • Learning-By-Doing capacity building
  • Supplemented by mentoring, training, technical
    support, and networking
  • Engage stakeholders in the regional assessments
  • Work with National Communications teams
  • Regional workshops, publications, participation
    in scientific and policy workshops, working paper
    series, newsletter, website, synthesis

Regional VA Assessments
  • Country owned
  • Proposed, led and implemented by developing
    country proponents
  • Endorsed by GEF National Focal Points
  • Focused on generating knowledge capacity to
    support regional priorities for adaptation
  • Stakeholder participation
  • Each regional assessment engages stakeholders
    from a variety of institutions
  • Selected through international review of 150
    proposals based on
  • Scientific merit, regional significance, policy

24 Regional Assessments Implemented
  • VA being assessed in 46 developing countries
  • More than 150 institutions from 50 developing and
    12 developed countries participate.
  • More than 300 developing country scientists,
    stakeholders and students participate
  • Africa 11 projects
  • Asia 5 projects
  • Latin America 5 projects
  • Small Island Developing States 3 projects

Topics of Regional Assessments(Number of
projects addressing each topic noted in
  • Agriculture/food security (14)
  • Water resources (13)
  • Land use (7)
  • Rural livelihoods (5)
  • Coastal zones (5)
  • Biodiversity (3)
  • Aquatic ecosystems, fisheries (3)
  • Human health (2)
  • Extreme events (2)
  • Tourism (1)

AIACC Accomplishments (1)
  • Contributing to goals of UNFCCC
  • Established ties to National Communications
  • Working with appropriate agencies/persons in
    participating countries
  • Providing place specific VA info for national
  • Will provide evaluations recommendations for
    adaptation actions
  • Contributed to NAPA guidelines workshops
  • Adding to UNFCCC VA methods/tools database
  • Contributed to UNDPs Adaptation Policy Framework
  • Contribute to UNEP projects

AIACC Accomplishments (2)
  • Advancing knowledge methods
  • Participants published 5 papers in peer-reviewed
  • more papers in pipeline
  • AIACC Working Paper Series, a peer-reviewed
    electronic publication
  • Advanced methods for
  • climate scenario generation
  • vulnerability indicators
  • livelihood approaches
  • integrated assessment modeling
  • benefit/cost analysis of adaptation

AIACC Accomplishments (3)
  • Building capacity
  • Capacity for scientific/technical VA assessment
  • gt200 scientists and gt60 students in 46 developing
    countries have benefited from learning-by-doing
    and training activities
  • Capacity to engage with stakeholders and
    formulate adaptation strategies and policies
  • Have established networks that link science
    stakeholder institutions from 62 countries
  • Stakeholder knowledge awareness
  • Numerous local workshops with stakeholders
  • South-south capacity transfers
  • AIACC participants have conducted several
    successful south-south capacity transfer

AIACC Accomplishments (4)
  • Contributing to international science
  • IPCC 4th Assessment Report
  • Contributed to outline plans for 4th Assessment
  • Anticipate invitation of many AIACC participants
    to be authors of IPCC AR4
  • Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
  • 2 projects contributing to MEA reports
  • Global Environmental Change Food Security
  • AIACC projects contributing to this joint project
    of IHDP IGBP
  • Presentations in international science meetings
  • Human Dimensions of Global Change Open Meeting,
    Montreal, Sept 2003
  • UNEP/SEI Adaptation Research Workshop, New Delhi,
    Nov 2003
  • Stanford University EMF Workshop on Climate
    Change Impacts Integrated Assessment, Snowmass,
    Aug 2003
  • Many others

Upcoming AIACC Activities
  • 3 Regional Workshops in 2004
  • Continuation and completion of regional
    assessments by late 2004/early 2005
  • Synthesis of AIACC regional studies in 2005

Regional Workshops in 2004
  • Dates venues
  • Dakar, 24-27 March
  • Buenos Aires, 24-27 August
  • Manila, 18-21 October
  • Participation
  • Regional assessment investigators
  • Local, regional international stakeholders
  • Purposes
  • Share knowledge about regional activities, report
  • Explore how to make AIACC assessments as useful
    as possible to stakeholders
  • Plan for synthesis

Completion of Regional Assessments
  • Assessment activities will continue through 2004
  • Finalizing vulnerability analyses scenarios
  • Evaluating adaptation options
  • Engaging stakeholders in evaluation of adaptation
  • Communicating progress, results to in-country
    National Communications teams
  • Dissemination of information
  • Regional assessments to be completed by late 2004
    or early 2005
  • Final reports from regional assessments by mid

Synthesis of AIACC Project
  • Participants in AIACC will synthesize lessons
    that transcend contexts of individual assessments
  • Nature and causes of vulnerability
  • Effective adaptation and risk management
  • Methods for engaging stakeholders in generating
    and communicating information for decision making
  • 2 workshops to be held in 2005 to facilitate
  • Synthesis book volumes to be completed by fall

Follow-up to AIACC
  • AIACC partners planning activities to build upon
    successes of AIACC project
  • Encourage regional assessment teams to
    extend/apply their work individually
  • UNDP/GEF Small Grants Program
  • Projects for piloting an operational approach to
  • Develop new suite of global activities with

A new global project
  • Retain proven elements of AIACC but include
    innovations for greater impact
  • Stronger policy implementation focus
  • Broaden scope beyond climate change to include
    other focal areas
  • Stakeholder engagement more integral
  • Training and technical support to be lead by
    developing country institutions, organized
  • Provide for more uniformity of approach
  • Develop, test, evaluate and document a protocol
    for participatory, policy-focused assessment

Objectives of New Global Project
  • Enhance capacities to evaluate, plan and
    implement adaptation strategies related to UNFCCC
    and other MEAs
  • Advance knowledge needed to support adaptation
    decisions and implement actions
  • Develop regional centers to provide training
    technical assistance in their regions
  • Strengthen networks for collaboration among
    stakeholders scientists on global environmental