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Quito Vulnerability Study

Staff: Schipper, L. ; Fencl, A. ; Mehta, V. ; Escobar, M.
Date: 2012-ongoing

Research Area(s): Adaptation & Vulnerability

Description: This project will evaluate climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation issues in the Quito, Ecuador, region to provide key information and guidelines to support adaptation planning and implementation. The goal is to increase the resilience of the Metropolitan District of Quito to the effects of climate change and enhance the sustainability of livelihoods and ecosystems, especially for the most vulnerable sectors, by gathering solid, verifiable information.
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Analyzing the role of rural institutions in enabling adaptation to climate change in the agriculture sector

Staff: Schipper, L. ; Fencl, A. ; Osbeck, M.; Hoffmaister, J.
Date: 2012-ongoing

Research Area(s): Adaptation & Vulnerability

Description: This project examines the role of governance and institutions in adaptation and institutions in agriculture, with an emphasis on drawing out lessons about rural institutions. The project aims to provide a solid foundation for understanding how institutions can help resource-poor households reduce their vulnerability to climate change at multiple levels – or how they can get in the way. Using experiences from case studies in East Africa, the Himalayas, Southeast Asia and Central America, and drawing on literature, the research team will suggest an approach to assess and better understand rural institutions and the linkages to enhancing adaptive capacity and responding to climate impacts.
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Innovation and diffusion of sustainable agricultural water resource management in a changing climate: Case study in Northeast Thailand

Staff: Mikhail, M. ; Fencl, A. ; Kemp-Benedict, E. ; Naruchaikusol, S.; Earth Net Foundation
Date: 2010
Client/Funder: SIDA/NOVA

Research Area(s): Water Resources ; Adaptation & Vulnerability

Description: Agricultural water management technology transfer is being increasingly promoted for poverty alleviation in the smallholder farming systems that dominate rural areas in many developing countries. This project aimed to identify agricultural water management innovations in Northeast Thailand and understand the networks through which innovation is transferred. It also identified lessons learned from this case study that could inform agricultural water management innovation tracking in other countries.
Related Publication(s): Innovation and diffusion of sustainable agricultural water resource management in a changing climate: A case study in Northeast Thailand

United Arab Emirates' UNFCCC National Communications

Staff: Dougherty, B. ; Fencl, A. ; Fernandes, M.
Date: 2005-2010
Client/Funder: Abu Dhabi Environment Agency

Research Area(s): Adaptation & Vulnerability ; Climate Mitigation Policy

Description: SEI assisted the Abu Dhabi Environment Agency in three areas related to the country's First National Communication to the UNFCCC: a) advice for its greenhouse gas inventory, b) developing an assessment of the vulnerability of key sectors and regions to climate variability and climate change, and c) developing a national strategy for introducing renewable energy and energy efficiency into national planning frameworks.
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Developing a Climate Change Policy for Abu Dhabi

Staff: Dougherty, B. ; Fencl, A.
Date: 2009
Client/Funder: Abu Dhabi Environment Agency

Research Area(s): Adaptation & Vulnerability ; Climate Mitigation Policy

Description: SEI is working with the Abu Dhabi Environment Agency to develop a policy on climate change adaptation and mitigation. The policy is focused on thirteen sectors such as coastal zones, environmental regulations for dry land, water sources, energy sector, transport, waste management, food security, agriculture, industry and residential sector. SEI has presented at and participated in multiple workshops through the course of the policy development process. The final report Climate Change Policy for Abu Dhabi Emirate, will be used as guideline for future legislation, regulation and practices to reduce the impact of climate change and to reduce GHG emissions.

United Arab Emirates Second National Communication

Staff: Dougherty, B. ; Fencl, A. ; Clark, V.
Date: 2009
Client/Funder: Abu Dhabi Environment Agency

Research Area(s): Adaptation & Vulnerability

Description: SEI worked with the Abu Dhabi Environment Agency to draft their UNFCCC Second National Communication including summarizing SEI's 2008 Physical Impact Assessment for the UAE for the Vulnerability and Adaptation Chapter, updating the national GHG inventory from the 2006 Initial National Communication, and integrating the new Abu Dhabi Climate Change Policy.

Enhancing the Capacity of Turkey to Adapt to Climate Change

Staff: Dougherty, B. ; Fencl, A.
Date: 2009
Client/Funder: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Research Area(s): Adaptation & Vulnerability

Description: SEI worked with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on scientific capacity building and the development of National Adaptation Programme of Action for Turkey, with to goal to mainstream climate change adaptation into Turkey's national plans. SEI and UNEP led workshops in June, September and October 2009 focusing on scientific capacity building around climate change impacts and appropriate adaptation measures, participatory vulnerability assessments to inform a national adaptation strategy, and the production of a 'how-to' guide for developing national adaptation plans.