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BirdLife International websites
BirdLife International is a global Partnership of conservation organisations that strives to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources.
BirdLife’s Climate Change homepage provides information about climate change policy work, State of the World’s Birds includes case studies on the impacts of climate change on birds and the BirdLife Community has news stories on birds and climate change.
Africa Climate exChange website provides information on climate change, mitigation and adaptation in Africa. It includes a suite of maps produced by an earlier BirdLife/ Durham University project (supported by the MacArthur Foundation) that show how the ranges of bird species breeding in sub-Saharan Africa could be impacted by climate change.
BirdLife’s Climate exChange is an internal climate change information portal for the BirdLife Partnership, if you are a staff member of a BirdLife Partner and would like to join, please email Robert Munroe.
UNEP Asia Pacific Adaptation Knowledge Platform was created by the UNEP Regional Office for Asia Pacific to help developing countries in the region by building bridges between initiatives, researchers, policymakers, business leaders, and those working on climate change adaptation “on the ground”. The overarching goal of the Adaptation Knowledge Platform is to strengthen adaptive capacity and facilitate climate change adaptation in Asia at local, national, and regional levels.
Asia and the Pacific Adaptation Network - UNEP is facilitating the development of this network, in partnership with key UN and international organizations, governments, foundations and research institutions. The network aims to build resilience of vulnerable human systems, ecosystems and economies to climate change through mobilization of knowledge and technologies to support adaptation capacity building, policy-setting, planning and practices.
AIT - The Asian Institute of Technology is an international institution for higher education in engineering, advanced technologies, and management and planning, based at Pathumthani, Thailand. It “promotes technological change and sustainable development” in the Asia-Pacific region, through higher education, research and outreach, and has a number of programmes that relate to climate change.
AIT-UNEP Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific aims to provide technical support with capacity building and informed decision making for UNEP’s priorities and implementation program in Asia and the Pacific, with the Bali Strategic Plan (BSP) mandate for Technology Support and Capacity Building. The specific objective of the Center is to assist UNEP and the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific with the delivery of UNEP’s Medium Term Strategy for 2010-2013 as well as AIT and its Strategy 2010-2013.
ICIMOD - The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development is a regional knowledge development and learning centre serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush-Himalayas, based in Kathmandu, Nepal. Globalisation and climate change have an increasing influence on the stability of fragile mountain ecosystems and the livelihoods of mountain people. ICIMOD aims to assist mountain people to understand these changes, adapt to them, and make the most of new opportunities.
UNFCCC - The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change was established in 1982, for countries to cooperatively consider what they could do to limit average global temperature increases and the resulting climate change, and to cope with whatever impacts were, by then, inevitable. By 1995, countries realized that emission reductions provisions in the Convention were inadequate and launched negotiations to strengthen the global response to climate change. Two years later they adopted the Kyoto Protocol, which legally binds developed countries to emission reduction targets.
CBD - The United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity entered into force on 29 December 1993. It has 3 main objectives:
- The conservation of biological diversity
- The sustainable use of the components of biological diversity
- The fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources.
CMS - The Convention on Migratory Species (also known as the Bonn Convention) aims to conserve terrestrial, aquatic and avian migratory species throughout their range. It is an inter-governmental treaty, concluded under the aegis of the United Nations Environment Programme, concerned with the conservation of wildlife and habitats on a global scale.
Ramsar Convention on Wetlands - The Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) – called the “Ramsar Convention” – is an inter-governmental treaty that embodies the commitments of its member countries to maintain the ecological character of their Wetlands of International Importance and to plan for the “wise use”, or sustainable use, of all of the wetlands in their territories.
IUCN – Changing the Climate Forecast - The International Union for Conservation of Nature approach to climate change.
Asian Development Bank - A website where the report, Climate Change in South Asia: Strong Responses for Building a Sustainable Future, may be downloaded.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - Link to download Chapter 10: Asia from Climate Change 2007: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. Contribution of Working Group II to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
TNC’s Knowledge Base for Climate Change Adaptation - A website created by The Nature Conservancy, which provides a source of useful tools for planning climate change adaptation for people and nature.
NatureServe Climate Change Vulnerability Index - A website that can help identify plant and animal species that are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
weADAPT - A global knowledge sharing platform that enables collaboration on climate change adaptation.
ALM - The Adaptation Learning Mechanism is mapping good practices, providing information, sharing knowledge and building networks on climate change adaptation.
eldis - A website to share the best in development policy, practice and research, including climate change adaptation for people.
World Resources Report - A report that presents expert perspectives, case studies and more on climate change adaptation.
ELAN - The Ecosystems and Livelihoods Adaptation Network works towards enhancing poor and marginalised people’s resilience to the impacts of climate change by integrating ecosystem and right-based approaches into adaptation policies and practices.
Climate Planning - An interactive users’ guide to tools for climate and development planning developed by Ecofys and the Institute of Development Studies, with support from the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN). It will help you navigate the many dozens of tools and methodologies that are available to assist decision-makers with development planning in a changing climate, ranging from economic scenario development to spatial planning methods.