The AIACC Project: Building Scientific Capacity in Support of

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The AIACC Project
Assessments of Impacts and Adaptations to
Climate Change
Neil Leary, AIACC Director
UNFCCC COP-10
Buenos Aires
07 December 2004
Background
• GEF enabling project
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– climate change focal area
Geographic scope: Global
Implementing Agency: UNEP
Executing Agencies: START & TWAS
Collaboration between IPCC, UNEP,
START, TWAS and developing
country institutions
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Sources of Funding
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Global Environment Facility
Developing countrypartner co-financing
USAID
CIDA
USEPA
Rockefeller Foundation
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AIACC Objectives
• Build scientific and technical capacity to
support National Communications and
developing country participation in int’l science
• Advance scientific understanding of climate
change impacts, vulnerabilities and adaptation
opportunities
• Link science and policy communities for
adaptation planning
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Means for achieving objectives
• Implement regional V&A assessments
– “Learning-By-Doing” capacity building
• Supplement by technical support,
mentoring, training, and networking
• Engage stakeholders
• Work with National Communications
• Synthesis
• Workshops, publications, science &
stakeholder meetings
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Overview of Regional Assessments
• Africa: 11 projects
– Health (1), Agriculture/food security (7), water resources (5), land use
(3), biodiversity (3), rural livelihoods (3), climate system (2)
• Asia: 5 projects
– Agriculture/food security (4), water resources(4), land use (3),
aquatic/wetland ecosystems (2)
• Latin America: 5 projects
– Agriculture/food security (3), water resources (3), land use (1),
livelihoods (2), coastal zones (3), fisheries (1), extreme events (2)
• Small Island Developing States: 3 projects
– Health (1), coastal zones and their resources (2), water resources (2),
tourism (1)
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Some of the Methods of AIACC
Projects
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Climate scenario generation
Climate risk spaces
Vulnerability indicators
Livelihood approaches
Integrated assessment modeling
Benefit/cost analysis of adaptation
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The AIACC Data, Methods and
Synthesis Website
http://www.aiaccproject.org
http://sedac.ciesin.columbia.edu/aiacc
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Most Accessed Resources
• Synthesis page: Summarizes and synthesizes the AIACC
projects' research methodologies and results
• Toolkit: Descriptions of software and computer models
that are useful in impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability
assessments
• Methods: Summarizes the AIACC projects' methods for
impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability assessment
• Bibliography: Contains close to 1,000 citations to journal
articles, reports, working papers, websites, data, and
software applications addressing climate impacts,
adaptation, and vulnerability
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