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Adaptation Policy Frameworks (APF) for Climate Change
Developed by UNDP on behalf of the Global Environment Facility, Adaptation Policy Frameworks (APF) for Climate Change: Developing Strategies, Policies and Measures provides a structured approach to formulating and implementing adaptation strategies, policies and measures to ensure human development in the face of climate variability and change.
The APF is built around four major principles that provide a basis from which integrated actions to adapt to climate change can be developed:
- Adaptation to short-term climate variability and extreme events serves as a starting point for reducing vulnerability to longer-term climate change;
- Adaptation occurs at different levels in society, particularly at the local level;
- Adaptation policy and measures should be assessed in a development context; and
- The adaptation strategy and the stakeholder process by which it is implemented are equally important.
The APF can be used by countries to both evaluate and complement existing planning processes to address climate change adaptation. As an assessment, planning and implementation framework, it lays out an approach to climate change adaptation that supports sustainable development, rather than the other way around. The APF is about practice rather than theory; it starts with the information that developing countries already possess concerning vulnerable systems such as agriculture, water resources, public health, and disaster management, and aims to exploit existing synergies and intersecting themes in order to enable better informed policy-making.
Download the APF: http://www.undp.org/climatechange/adapt/apf.html