GCCA+ Intra-ACP Knowledge Sharing by Theme

We created four thematic groups to facilitate knowledge sharing

Early in the programme, the GCCA+ Intra-ACP Regional Partners along with the Technical Assistance Support to the ACP Secretariat created four overarching themes that draw on the partners' work and areas of expertise related to climate change. Over the course of the programme, our partners have created a large variety of documents that serve as training materials, examples of best practices, data sources and methodologies, and policy summaries - all related to climate change in the ACP Regions. Sources are listed under each of the four thematic areas below, along with a brief summary of who might find the documents useful. (Sources that are pertinent to multiple themes are listed under both themes).

Adaptation and Integrated Disaster Risk Management

Coastal Protection: Best Practices from the Pacific

“The report provides a foundation to guide coastal managers, coastal planners, coastal engineers, decision makers and disaster managers throughout the Pacific in their efforts to find solutions. The goal is to devise ‘no regret’ strategies using effective interventions to protect the Pacific coasts, ecosystems and basic vital infrastructure.” We like this document because it includes a range of structural, non-structural, and soft and hard engineering practices while emphasizing knowledge sources within the Pacific. We suggest this document to anyone interested in: regional best-practice reports; coastal protection practices; and adaptation to climate change in the Pacific.

Paeniu L, Iese V, Jacot Des Combes H, De Ramon N’Yeurt A, Korovulavula I, Koroi A, Sharma P, Hobgood N, Chung K and Devi A. (2015). Coastal Protection: Best Practices from the Pacific. Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development. (PaCE-SD). The University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji (98 pp).

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A Green Growth Framework for Fiji: Restoring the Balance in Development that is Sustainable for our Future

“The Green Growth Framework for Fiji is a tool to accelerate integrated and inclusive sustainable development which will inspire action at all levels, to strengthen environmental resilience, drive social improvement and reduce poverty, enhance economic growth and also build capacity to withstand and manage the anticipated adverse effects of climate change.” We like this document because it emphasizes an approach that is innovative, holistic, and inclusive. We suggest this framework to anyone interested in: examples of inclusive and holistic policy frameworks; pro-active approaches to green growth; adaptation policies in the Pacific; and adaptation policies in coastal and island areas.

Republic of Fiji. (2014) A Green Growth Framework for Fiji: Restoring the Balance in Development that is Sustainable for our Future. Ministry of Strategic Planning, National Development and Statistics, Fiji (104 pp).

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Climate Forecasts and Data for West Africa

AGRHYMET produces yearly bulletins on water predictions in West Africa. The forecasts include expected seasonal rainfall, expected dates of the rainy season, and expected water levels in the major water basins for the region. In addition, the center also produces six monthly bulletins on hydro-agricultural data per year. We like the bulletins because they draw on AGRHYMET’s work collecting and analyzing climate data across West Africa. We suggest these documents if you are interested in: climate data, rainfall, and hydrological information for West Africa; examples of dissemination of climate data. Site in French.

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Simplified Guide on Creating Projects for the Clean Development Mechanism in the Agriculture, Forestry and Land-use Sector

As part of its efforts to strengthen the capacity to negotiate and access climate financing in West Africa, the Regional Centre AGRHYMET carried out training with stakeholders in West Africa on the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in the agriculture, forestry, and land-use sector. This guide was created from that work, and it summarizes the steps needed to create a CDM project in this sector. We like the document for its clear explanation designed for practitioners. We suggest the guide to anyone interested in understanding climate financing in the agriculture, forestry and land-use sectors. Document in French.

Kaire, M., Sarr, B. and Belem, M. (2013). Guide simplifié de développement de projet MDP dans le secteur AFOLU. Centre Régional AGRHYMET, Miamey, Niger (17pp).

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Guide for measuring and monitoring carbon in the soil/plant systems of forestry and agroforestry areas in West Africa

This guide provides the different steps involved in measuring carbon stores in the different parts of soil/plant systems of forestry and agro-forestry ecosystems in West Africa. The guide aims to provide methods, tools, techniques and procedures for estimating carbon reserves as well as monitoring change over time for projects. In addition, it provides reference data for monitoring, reporting and verification. We like the guide for its clear, step-by-step instructions and examples. We suggest it for anyone interested in methods for measuring and monitoring carbon. Document in French.

Kaire, M., Ouedraogo, J. S., Sarr, B., and Belem, M. (2013). Guide de Mesure et de Suivi du Carbone dans le système sol-végétation des formations forestières et agroforestières en Afrique de l’ouest. Centre Régional AGRHYMET, Niamey, Niger (47pp).

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Africa Congress on Conservation Agriculture

In March 2014, our regional partner COMESA supported the first ever Africa Congress on Conservation Agriculture through its work with the African Conservation Tillage Network (ACT) in Lusaka, Zambia. 414 participants from 42 countries were in attendance to discuss climate smart agriculture technologies. Presentations from the meeting are available, and ACT hosts an online resource center as well. We like the two sites for their large number of informational documents on conservation agriculture, including training materials. We suggest the sites to anyone interested in conservation agriculture and adaptation measures for agriculture.

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CCORAL Risk Management Tool

The Caribbean Climate Online Risk and Adaptation tool (CCORAL) “is a system which helps decision makers to see all kinds of activities through a ‘climate’ or ‘climate change’ lens, and to identify actions that minimise climate related loss, take advantage of opportunities and build climate resilient development in their countries.

“CCORAL is designed to engender a risk management ethic in decision making. It takes a pragmatic approach, promoting the right tools and techniques to fit the context of Caribbean decision making, available time and resources and uncertainty about climate variability and change. Users are encouraged to prioritise their efforts and use components of CCORAL of most value to them.

“By using CCORAL, decision makers will also be able to demonstrate to funders, investors and development partners that climate resilience has been considered and integrated into relevant activities.”We suggest CCORAL to anyone interested in climate change assessments in the Caribbean region or in examples of using climate change data for policy making.

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Coral Reef Early Warning System

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, through a collaboration with NOAA, is working to establish an integrated regional network of climate and biological monitoring stations to strengthen the early warning mechanism for coral reefs in the Caribbean. CCCCC has procured and installed five Coral Reef Early Warning System (CREWS) stations in Belize, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic. The stations are now part of the NOAA's Integrated Coral Observing Network (ICON) of climate and biological monitoring stations that collect data on climate, marine and biological parameters for use by scientists to conduct research into the health of coral reefs in a changing and variable climate. We like the CREWS website because it contains many forecasts produced using the data. We recommend this site to anyone interested in monitoring climate change impacts particularly in coral reef and marine areas.

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The CILSS Portal on Climate Change and Sustainable Land-Use Management in West Africa

Housed by the Regional Centre AGRHYMET, the website collects a wide range of documents related to climate change in West Africa. Themes include adaptation, mitigation, climate science, climate policy, and sustainable resource management. There are many examples of technical fact sheets on adaptation measures, methodological guides on monitoring and modeling climate data, and a list of other data sources. We like the site because it draws on AGRHYMET and CILSS’s rigorous collection of climate data in the region and uses data to inform planning. We suggest this portal to anyone interested in: collecting, monitoring and modeling climate data; desertification, drought and land-use management; climate change in West Africa; and adaptation measures in the agriculture, forestry and land-use change sectors. Site in French.

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Impact and Vulnerability Assessments

Guidebook: Participatory Assessment of Vulnerability and Adaptation

“The Participatory Assessment of Vulnerability and Adaptation (V&A) is a core component of the overall PACE-SD V&A Assessment and Action Methodology. It is a comprehensive and participatory assessment that guides communities through a process in which to identify appropriate and sustainable activities to enhance their adaptive capacity to the impacts of climate change.”

We like this document because it emphasizes placing the community at the core of assessment and decision-making and because its Annexes include templates for documents used during the assessment. We suggest this guide to anyone interested in: vulnerability and adaptation assessments; rapid participatory assessment; vulnerability to climate change in the Pacific, and; vulnerability to climate change in coastal and island areas.

Limalevu, L. and McNamara, K.E. (2012) PACE-SD Guidebook: Participatory Assessment of Vulnerability and Adaptation. Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji (25pp.).

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Pacific Country Reports on Climate Change Vulnerability and Planning

The Country Reports page on the University of the South Pacific, GCCA+ Knowledge Sharing website includes examples of vulnerability assessments, adaptation plans and other documents for the 15 Pacific countries. All countries are Small Island Developing States. We like this webpage because of the variety of examples available from different countries. We recommend this page to anyone interested in: creating adaptation action plans; conducting vulnerability assessments; community involvement in assessment and planning; and adaptation approaches for coastal areas and island states.

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Climate Forecasts and Data for West Africa

AGRHYMET produces yearly bulletins on water predictions in West Africa. The forecasts include expected seasonal rainfall, expected dates of the rainy season, and expected water levels in the major water basins for the region. In addition, the center also produces six monthly bulletins on hydro-agricultural data per year. We like the bulletins because they draw on AGRHYMET’s work collecting and analyzing climate data across West Africa. We suggest these documents if you are interested in: climate data, rainfall, and hydrological information for West Africa; examples of dissemination of climate data.

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Technical Reports on Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Planning in the Caribbean

Our partner the Caribbean Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) created a series of technical reports on impact, vulnerability and capacity assessments as well as national adaptation strategies and plans. The reports are available for specific countries and regions as well as for specific sectors, such as agriculture, marine, water, etc. We like the reports because they provide examples from a variety of countries pertinent to different sectors and also different local scales. We recommend the reports for anyone interested in examples of vulnerability and impact assessments as well as examples of local and sector-specific adaptation plans and strategies.

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Loss and Damage in Africa

Our regional partner ClimDev-Africa produced a report on the loss and damage due to climate change in Africa. The report includes an analysis of the types of damage anticipated from climate change in Africa, an estimation of the cost of damage under different warming scenarios, an overview of potential solutions and conclusions and recommendations. We like the document for its attention to linking data on the impacts of climate change with policy recommendations. We suggest the report for anyone interested in: an overview of the damage and costs of climate change predicted in Africa; and policy solutions for Africa related to climate change.

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the Africa Climate Policy Centre. (2014. Loss and Damage in Africa. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (pp 59).

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Knowledge Centre at the University of the South Pacific

The portal is dedicated to reception, access and retrieval of relevant data, reports and scientific documents. Themes include climate science, impacts of climate change and variability, integrating traditional knowledge, lessons learnt and best practices. We like the portal because of the specific examples of vulnerability analyses and adaptation planning documents, the focus on best practices and attention to drawing on regional and local knowledge. We suggest the portal for anyone interested in: climate change, adaptation and mitigation in the Pacific region; community involvement in adaptation planning; coastal management, and; examples of vulnerability assessments and adaptation plans.

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The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre Regional Clearinghouse Database

“This Stock Take database presents existing information on the various climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies, policies, programmes and research projects being carried out in the various CARICOM countries and regionally.” We like the site because of its wide variety of documents and examples that are searchable by country and keyword. We recommend the clearinghouse to anyone interested in: vulnerability, adaptation and mitigation of climate change in the Caribbean; examples of adaptation projects and programmes, and examples of adaptation planning.

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Mainstreaming Climate Change

A Green Growth Framework for Fiji: Restoring the Balance in Development that is Sustainable for our Future

“The Green Growth Framework for Fiji is a tool to accelerate integrated and inclusive sustainable development which will inspire action at all levels, to strengthen environmental resilience, drive social improvement and reduce poverty, enhance economic growth and also build capacity to withstand and manage the anticipated adverse effects of climate change.” We like this document because it emphasizes an approach that is innovative, holistic, and inclusive. We suggest this framework to anyone interested in: examples of inclusive and holistic policy frameworks; pro-active approaches to green growth; adaptation policies in the Pacific; and adaptation policies in coastal and island areas.

Republic of Fiji. (2014) A Green Growth Framework for Fiji: Restoring the Balance in Development that is Sustainable for our Future. Ministry of Strategic Planning, National Development and Statistics, Fiji (104 pp).

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Pacific Country Reports on Climate Change Vulnerability and Planning

The Country Reports page on the University of the South Pacific, GCCA+ Knowledge Sharing website includes examples of vulnerability assessments, adaptation plans and other documents for the 15 Pacific countries. All countries are Small Island Developing States. We like this webpage because of the variety of examples available from different countries. We recommend this page to anyone interested in: creating adaptation action plans; conducting vulnerability assessments; community involvement in assessment and planning; and adaptation approaches for coastal areas and island states.

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Technical Reports on Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Planning in the Caribbean

Our partner the Caribbean Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) created a series of technical reports on impact, vulnerability and capacity assessments as well as national adaptation strategies and plans. The reports are available for specific countries and regions as well as for specific sectors, such as agriculture, marine, water, etc. We like the reports because they provide examples from a variety of countries pertinent to different sectors and also different local scales. We recommend the reports for anyone interested in examples of vulnerability and impact assessments as well as examples of local and sector-specific adaptation plans and strategies.

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CCORAL Risk Management Tool

The Caribbean Climate Online Risk and Adaptation tool (CCORAL) “is a system which helps decision makers to see all kinds of activities through a ‘climate’ or ‘climate change’ lens, and to identify actions that minimise climate related loss, take advantage of opportunities and build climate resilient development in their countries.

“CCORAL is designed to engender a risk management ethic in decision making. It takes a pragmatic approach, promoting the right tools and techniques to fit the context of Caribbean decision making, available time and resources and uncertainty about climate variability and change. Users are encouraged to prioritise their efforts and use components of CCORAL of most value to them.

“By using CCORAL, decision makers will also be able to demonstrate to funders, investors and development partners that climate resilience has been considered and integrated into relevant activities.”We suggest CCORAL to anyone interested in climate change assessments in the Caribbean region or in examples of using climate change data for policy making.

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Loss and Damage in Africa

Our regional partner ClimDev-Africa produced a report on the loss and damage due to climate change in Africa. The report includes an analysis of the types of damage anticipated from climate change in Africa, an estimation of the cost of damage under different warming scenarios, an overview of potential solutions and conclusions and recommendations. We like the document for its attention to linking data on the impacts of climate change with policy recommendations. We suggest the report for anyone interested in: an overview of the damage and costs of climate change predicted in Africa; and policy solutions for Africa related to climate change.

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the Africa Climate Policy Centre. (2014. Loss and Damage in Africa. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (pp 59).

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Keeping Climate Impacts at bay: A 6-Point Strategy for Climate-Resilient Economies in Africa

This publication from the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa identifies six key points for creating climate-resilient economies in Africa. The strategies cover climate data and science, policies and institutions, partnership, clean energy, sustainable land-use management and tourism. We like the document because it integrates multiple sectors and institutional approaches. We suggest this for anyone interested in: climate change policy in Africa; green growth; clean energy; south-south partnerships, and; climate data.

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (2014). Keeping Climate Impacts at bay: A 6-Point Strategy for Climate-Resilient Economies in Africa. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (32pp).

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Moving against the tide: Africa rising to seize climate change opportunities for water, food and energy security

This Issues Paper was prepared for a United Nations Climate Summit, Side Event in 2014 by our partner ClimDev Africa. It “underscores the urgency of carrying out the investments and interventions needed to address the challenges of vulnerable African groups.” The paper highlights climate change opportunities, seeks to build understanding among policymakers, and contributes to strengthening the African position in a post-2015 arrangement. We like the document because it concisely summarizes the main climate issues for Africa while indicating a way forward. We suggest this document to anyone interested in: international climate change negotiations; climate change policy, and; climate change issues in Africa.

ClimDev-Africa (2014). Issue Paper: Moving against the tide: Africa rising to seize climate change opportunities for water, food and energy security. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (8 pp).

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"Unlocking the full potential of the blue economy: Are African Small Island Developing States ready to embrace the opportunities?" and :Climate Change in the African Small Island Developing States: From Vulnerability to Resilience – The Paradox of the Small"

Both papers highlight the climate change and development challenges specific to the African Small Island Development States (SIDS). The papers underline challenges as well as possible opportunities. The second pays particular focus to the different economic sectors of SIDS. We like both papers for their focus on linking climate change policy with development. We recommend both to anyone interested in: vulnerability and adaptation in SIDS; links between adaptation and development, and; green growth.

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. (2014). Unlocking the full potential of the blue economy: Are African Small Island Developing States ready to embrace the opportunities? Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (44 pp).

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United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. (no date).Climate Change in the African Small Island Developing States: From Vulnerability to Resilience – The Paradox of the Small. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (23 pp).

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Knowledge Centre at the University of the South Pacific

The portal is dedicated to reception, access and retrieval of relevant data, reports and scientific documents. Themes include climate science, impacts of climate change and variability, integrating traditional knowledge, lessons learnt and best practices. We like the portal because of the specific examples of vulnerability analyses and adaptation planning documents, the focus on best practices and attention to drawing on regional and local knowledge. We suggest the portal for anyone interested in: climate change, adaptation and mitigation in the Pacific region; community involvement in adaptation planning; coastal management, and; examples of vulnerability assessments and adaptation plans.

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The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre Regional Clearinghouse Database

“This Stock Take database presents existing information on the various climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies, policies, programmes and research projects being carried out in the various CARICOM countries and regionally.” We like the site because of its wide variety of documents and examples that are searchable by country and keyword. We recommend the clearinghouse to anyone interested in: vulnerability, adaptation and mitigation of climate change in the Caribbean; examples of adaptation projects and programmes, and examples of adaptation planning.

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ClimDev-Africa Knowledge Products

Our partner ClimDev-Africa posts a range of policy briefings, technical papers and reports related to climate change in Africa. We like the site because it includes good summaries of climate change policies and issues pertinent to Africa. We recommend the site to anyone interested in staying up-to-date on African perspectives on climate change policy.

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Low Carbon Solutions

Risk, clean energy and climate change finance for small island states – a case discussion from Samoa

Carried out with support from the Climate Support Facility, this case study illustrates work carried out in Samoa to try to attract support for climate resilience efforts by small private entrepreneurs. The paper is aimed at practitioners and government agency persons in small island states. The results are practical, innovative ideas aimed at assisting other SIDS attract climate financing to satisfy these now critical needs. We suggest this paper to anyone interested in: climate finance; small island developing states (SIDS); business case; capacity development; Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR); climate resilience, vulnerability and risk.

Cunliffe, S. and Ronneberg, E. (2014). Risk, clean energy and climate change finance for small island states – a case discussion from Samoa. (30 pp).

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Simplified Guide on Creating Projects for the Clean Development Mechanism in the Agriculture, Forestry and Land-use Sector.

As part of its efforts to strengthen the capacity to negotiate and access climate financing in West Africa, the Regional Centre AGRHYMET carried out training with stakeholders in West Africa on the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in the agriculture, forestry, and land-use sector. This guide was created from that work, and it summarizes the steps needed to create a CDM project in this sector. We like the document for its clear explanation designed for practitioners. We suggest the guide to anyone interested in understanding climate financing in the agriculture, forestry and land-use sectors.

Kaire, M., Sarr, B. and Belem, M. (2013). Guide simplifié de développement de projet MDP dans le secteur AFOLU. Centre Régional AGRHYMET, Miamey, Niger (17pp).

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Guide for measuring and monitoring carbon in the soil/plant systems of forestry and agroforestry areas in West Africa

This guide provides the different steps involved in measuring carbon stores in the different parts of soil/plant systems of forestry and agro-forestry ecosystems in West Africa. The guide aims to provide methods, tools, techniques and procedures for estimating carbon reserves as well as monitoring change over time for projects. In addition, it provides reference data for monitoring, reporting and verification. We like the guide for its clear, step-by-step instructions and examples. We suggest it for anyone interested in methods for measuring and monitoring carbon.

Kaire, M., Ouedraogo, J. S., Sarr, B., and Belem, M. (2013). Guide de Mesure et de Suivi du Carbone dans le système sol-végétation des formations forestières et agroforestières en Afrique de l’ouest. Centre Régional AGRHYMET, Niamey, Niger (47pp).

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The CILSS Portal on Climate Change and Sustainable Land-Use Management in West Africa

Housed by the Regional Centre AGRHYMET, the website collects a wide range of documents related to climate change in West Africa. Themes include adaptation, mitigation, climate science, climate policy, and sustainable resource management. There are many examples of technical fact sheets on adaptation measures, methodological guides on monitoring and modeling climate data, and a list of other data sources. We like the site because it draws on AGRHYMET and CILSS’s rigorous collection of climate data in the region and uses data to inform planning. We suggest this portal to anyone interested in: collecting, monitoring and modeling climate data; desertification, drought and land-use management; climate change in West Africa; and adaptation measures in the agriculture, forestry and land-use change sectors.

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