Adapting to Climate Change in China (ACCC)
A list of the Adapting to Climate Change in China (ACCC) Resource Files can be downloaded below. Scroll over and click on the images to download the desired file:
Overview: Mapping Out a New Course in Climate Study
Climate variability and extreme weather events have always presented challenges for people living in affected areas but in the past few decades, global climate change and a greater understanding of what it could mean in the future has begun to place considerable urgency on the search for solutions. China is a country that is experiencing the impacts of climate change already. As a vast country with varying topography and climate, China is particularly susceptible to subtle changes in climate conditions. In the South, for example, climate scientists are observing increased precipitation and extreme weather events, while in the north they are observing increased drought and desertification.
The Evolution of Agriculture in the Face of Climate Change
While global action on climate change has been ongoing now for several decades, understanding on what these changes mean for nature and human life is still growing all the time. Scientists have studied weather patterns and climate variability over a number of years but what is becoming of more importance now is how these changes are impacting on vulnerable rural communities and the methods they are using to cope.
The Future of Livestock Farming In Inner Mongolia: Working With Farmers for Holistic Grassland Management
The grassland ecosystem of Inner Mongolia plays an important ecological role and is the foundation of a major livestock production base. Much of China’s northern grasslands are located in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and it has a key function to play in maintaining the ecosystem balance. As well as sustaining livestock including sheep, cattle, horses, mules, donkeys and camels, the grasslands help regulate climate and maintain biodiversity. What’s more, the grasslands are a major carbon sink. Climate variability such as rainfall and thermal conditions directly affect the shape and density of the grasslands.
Man versus Nature: How Human Landscape Management is Protecting Communities Living Under the Constant Threat of Disaster
China is facing bigger disaster risks and potentially more serious losses as a result of climate change. One important area of study in the ACCC project is how local governments can better manage public safety, protect infrastructure and the economy in the event of a natural disaster. The China Meteorological Administration predicts that changing climate trends in China will increase future sea surface temperatures in coastal areas, with the potential result of more intense typhoons. How vulnerable communities will cope in this new environment is still very much unknown but preparations are already underway to lessen the risks.
Fight or Flight? The Impossible Dilemma When Water Becomes Scarce
Adjustment and transition have become common themes in communities affected by climate change. But what happens when the environment in which you live can no longer sustain life and the very basic of human needs become scarce? In cases where fight no longer becomes possible, villagers face little choice but to uproot to more forgiving landscapes where food, water and education is within easy grasp and opportunities for an income are more readily available.
Climate Change and the Implications on Human Health: how health policies are being redrawn to prepare for the future risks of heat wave, heatstroke and infectious diseases
Monitoring the Spread of Disease: With a population of 96 million people, Guangdong is one of China’s largest provinces. Amongst the climate impacts being felt in the Province are sea level rise, saltwater inundation and increased disaster risk, particularly for typhoons, cold spells and heat-waves. Researchers are currently studying the possible effects of these on human health. As a heavily populated coastal city and trading port which was badly hit by the SARS outbreak in 2002, the spread of vector-borne diseases is of particular concern.
China and South-South Scoping Assessment for Learning and Development (CASSALD)
China and South-South Scoping Assessment for Learning and Development (CASSALD) Full Report: A Scoping Study on Opportunities for China and South-South Countries to Cooperate on Climate Change Adaptation
South-South learning can illuminate pathways for climate-compatible development, and China has much to offer as well as to learn. But this will require strengthening policies, technologies and project implementation in developing countries. International development agencies can help by channelling resources to fill the gaps and meet the opportunities identified in this report.
Full Report Appendices (Country Reports):
The CARIBSAVE Climate Change Risk Atlas (CCCRA)
Below are the outputs for the CARIBSAVE Climate Change Risk Atlas for each of the 15 participating countries. Click any of the links to download the respective document:
|ANGUILLA||Full Risk Profile||Summary Document||Snapshot|
|ANTIGUA & BARBUDA||Full Risk Profile||Summary Document||Snapshot|
|THE BAHAMAS||Full Risk Profile||Summary Document||Snapshot|
|BARBADOS||Full Risk Profile||Summary Document||Snapshot|
|BELIZE||Full Risk Profile||Summary Document||Snapshot|
|DOMINICA||Full Risk Profile||Summary Document||Snapshot|
|THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC||Full Risk Profile||Summary Document||Snapshot|
|GRENADA||Full Risk Profile||Summary Document||Snapshot|
|JAMAICA||Full Risk Profile||Summary Document||Snapshot|
|NEVIS||Full Risk Profile||Summary Document||Snapshot|
|SAINT LUCIA||Full Risk Profile||Summary Document||Snapshot|
|ST. KITTS||Full Risk Profile||Summary Document||Snapshot|
|ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES||Full Risk Profile||Summary Document||Snapshot|
|SURINAME||Full Risk Profile||Summary Document||Snapshot|
|TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS||Full Risk Profile||Summary Document||Snapshot|
Destinational Profiles were also created for some of the destination-level research sites:
|JAMAICA||Montego Bay / Rose Hall||Negril|
Quantification and Magnitude of Losses and Damages Resulting from the Impacts of Climate Change
Quantification and Magnitude of Losses and Damages Resulting from the Impacts of Climate Change: Modelling the Transformational Impacts and Costs of Sea Level Rise in the Caribbean
This report, commissioned by the UNDP Barbados and the OECS builds on the scientific foundations of Phase I and focuses on the recommendations, prioritised by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Task Force on Climate Change and Development to be undertaken as soon as possible: (1) improving climate change modelling for taking informed decisions, and (2) improving predictions of impacts on key sectors and assessing adaptation measures. Specifically, this report provides a detailed and vigorous assessment of the losses and damages associated with SLR impacts on the population, ecosystems and key economic sectors in CARICOM. Advancements in understanding of the consequences of SLR at the regional level were accomplished through:
- utilisation of newly available higher resolution geospatial data of coastal areas (satellite based Digital Elevation Models);
- improved inventories of coastal infrastructure and other assets at risk;
- the first quantification of the extent of SLR-induced erosion risk in unconsolidated coastal areas;
- a more comprehensive understanding of combined SLR and storm surge risk; and,
- the first quantification of the extent and cost of structural protection works required to protect coastal cities in CARICOM countries from SLR.
The economic implications of the impacts of climate change and required adaptation are being increasingly quantified to better inform international negotiations regarding adaptation assistance. This study provides the most detailed analysis at the time of publishing of the damages and costs associated with SLR for the CARICOM nations, and builds on work completed in Phase I in 2009, previous economic studies as well as recent developments identified in the Economics of Climate Change Working Group (ECA) study estimating impacts due to climate change.
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KEY POINTS AND SUMMARY FOR POLICY MAKERS
Overview of Modelling Climate Change
An Overview of Modelling Climate Change: Impacts in the Caribbean with Contributions from the Pacific Region
The report was produced by The CARIBSAVE Partnership and authored by members of 15 key institutions around the world dealing with climate change. This report provides an overview for all Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states of the risks from climate change and includes a section on the common threats of climate change for Pacific island countries. The report focuses on: climate change projections for the Caribbean region under +1.5° and +2°C global warming scenarios; the implications of ice sheet melt for global sea level rise (SLR); the projections and implications of SLR for the Caribbean region; evaluation of the differential impacts of +1.5° and +2°C on coral reefs, water resources and agriculture in the Caribbean, with additional analysis for the Pacific islands.
The report was commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Sub-Regional Office for Barbados and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), with support from Australia’s International Climate Change Adaptation Initiative.
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