Introduction to Climate Change Adaptation: A Learning Companion

Oxfam Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation Resources: This companion is the fifth in a series that covers key topics for programme staff. It includes a set of articles, which provide accessible and practical guidance to Oxfam staff wishing to integrate disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) approaches into programming. The companion aims:

Adapting urban water systems to climate change - A handbook for decision makers at the local level

ICLEI, UNESCO-IHE and IWA have authored, as part of the ‘SWITCH – Managing Water for the City of the Future’ project, a handbook on adapting urban water systems to climate change. The handbook aims to fill a gap in the adaptation field: while a lot of information is available about various adaptation topics, there is a lack of guidance for decision makers at the local level working on urban water who wish to proactively prepare for and adapt to climate change.

UNDP Adaptation Annual Report 2010: Adapting to Climate Change

This Report showcases the UNDP-GEF adaptation portfolio, focusing on both the principles underlying the UNDP-GEF approach to adaptation programming and the key processes involved in removing barriers to successful adaptation measures. The report examines the emerging achievements of UNDP-GEF initiatives around the world and explores the future of low-emission climate-resilient development.

Leading Resilient Development: Grassroots Women's Priorities, Practices and Innovations

This publication—firmly grounded in the research and practices of its contributors—is a practical source document of ideas for readers studying and working on resilience issues. In presenting a set of grassroots women’s development innovations that build community resilience (and a framework in which to view these innovations), it celebrates women’s inventiveness as they struggle to support and feed their families, find and maintain livelihoods, and make their voices heard as they survive and cope with disasters.

Ensuring Gender Equity in Climate Change Financing - Draft Overview


Baseline analyses of climate change effects and risks rarely incorporate a gender dimension. Consequently, mechanisms devoted to mitigation and adaptation efforts rarely integrate gender concerns into their design, implementation or related decision-making activities, including those related to funding. This oversight has important implications, particularly for poor women who require economic assistance in order to engage in adaptive and mitigative activities.

Framework for Community-Based Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment in Mountain Areas

Abstract: People living in mountain ecosystems in the developing world are particularly vulnerable to climate change as a result of their high dependence on natural resources for their livelihoods, comparatively higher exposure to extreme events, and widespread poverty and marginalisation. However, little is known about the impacts of climate change on these communities, people's perceptions of change, or their capacity to adapt. In order to identify the key determinants for future adaptation, we need to have a much better understanding of these issues.

UNICEF - Climate Change and Children

Foreword - Young people today are aware of the need to protect the environment. When they are asked to list the issues that most concern them, one issue that features highly on their agenda is climate change. They are right to be concerned. While we still have a lot to learn about the consequences of climate change, economic and social development cannot be sustainable unless we deal decisively with this issue. It has the potential to add to the insecurity faced by some of the most vulnerable people in some of the most vulnerable countries.

UNDP Community Water Initiative - Fostering Water Security and Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

The UNDP Community Water Initiative has funded successful projects in some of the most vulnerable communities in Africa, South Asia, and Central America. Using a broad range of innovative approaches, these projects have helped increase the capacities of local people to participate in developing their own solutions to local water resource problems. By providing modest funds, CWI has helped generate large rewards for the communities in terms of water security, natural resources management, and social well being.