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Economics of Adaptation Toolkit

Understanding the economic costs and benefits of climate change at the micro and sectoral level requires detailed information of the sector and the potential vulnerabilities.

While there have been numerous ad hoc reports aimed at understanding the impact of climate change on different economies, detailed data that is required for rigorous evaluation and understanding of the impact and optimal adaptation strategy is typically lacking.

This toolkit addresses these gaps and provids a capacity building programme aimed at strengthening the skills and knowledge base of technical officers in Ministries of Planning and Finance as well as in line ministries including environment, agriculture and water, on the economics of adaptation as it relates to medium- and long-term national, sub-national and sectoral development plans. It is supported by UNDP, in collaboration with USAID’s Adapt Asia-Pacific programme.

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Environmental Migration Portal

The Environmental Migration Portal: Knowledge Platform on People on the Move in a Changing Climate, is a one-stop service website to promote new research, information exchange and dialogu

e, intended to fill the existing data, research and knowledge gaps on the migration-environment nexus. The Portal provides up-to-date information on key policy processes and developments, capacity building efforts, research and publications, and operational projects addressing the migration, environment and climate change nexus. 

The portal can be used by IOM Member States representatives, United Nations practitioners, including IOM staff, media and communication outlets, academia and researchers, private sector partners, and the general public who are interested in migration governance, climate action, environmental protection, disaster risk reduction and human rights.

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A Toolbox: Planning Relocations to Protect People from Disasters and Environmental Change
This toolbox provides concrete suggestions for countries and other actors who are contemplating or planning to relocate people in order to protect them from disasters and environmental change.
The guidance underlines that Planned Relocations are complex, multidimensional processes and identifies cross-cutting elements that repeatedly surfaced in lessons from prior experience. It intended to complement the Guidance for Protecting People from Disasters and Environmental Change through Planned Relocations, which was developed through a series of multi-stakeholder meetings between 2011 and 2015.   

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Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Training Manual

The Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Training Manual (Facilitators’ Guide) provides an in-depth overview on the co

ncepts of the migration-environment nexus, mobility and disasters and slow-onset events, data, legal issues, regional perspectives, and a step-by-step roadmap on how to integrate human mobility into policies, including climate change adaptation policies.  

The Training Manual aims to stimulate and equip policymakers to reflect on policy options and examples of good practice, facilitate policy dialogues, and support the development of policy frameworks at national and regional levels. The Facilitators’ Guide also helps enhance the capacity of policymakers to contribute to key policy processes, in particular the climate negotiations and national and regional disaster risk reduction and climate policies, contributing to more practical on-the-ground activities addressing the migration-environment nexus. 

The Training Manual was developed through a process of collaboration with MECLEP partners, experts and policymakers, and has been pilot tested in seven countries before its release. 

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Climate Change Risks and Adaptation
This guidance provides a framework to help officials working on climate change adaptation to understand and manage the potential risks arising from climate change.
This guidance is complemented with a summary of the latest information on the costs and benefits of adaptation and decision-making tools to support the management of climate risks and exploration of the financing of climate change adaptation. 

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Adapting to Climate Change: Methods and Tools for Climate Risk Management

This guidebook seeks to provide organisations with the information they need in order to understand the range of i

ssues involved in climate adaptation, and to help them make informed decisions about how they may make progress with adaptation planning in practice.  

This guidebook can be useful for a range of different professionals in the private and public sector who may already be engaged in climate or environment related activities, for example mitigation or sustainability issues, but for whom adaptation may be new, and something they wish to learn more about. This guidebook can also be informative for higher level decision and policymakers interested in learning more about the need for, and issues involved in, adapting to climate change and variability.   

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Awareness and Preparedness for Emergencies at Local Level

The Awareness and Preparedness for Emergencies at Local Level (APELL) programme improves the community level

emergency preparedness efforts, and supports governments and community initiatives, in particular in developing countries, to minimize the occurrence and harmful effects of technological hazards and environmental emergencies.  

The APELL methodology is contained in a structured 5 phases and 10-elements process and aimed at creating a cohesive and resilient community to technological or natural hazards through raising awareness and agreement on roles and responsibilities of all community stakeholders to develop measures for preparedness and emergency response.    

The programme provides the basic concepts for initiating and organizing the APELL Process with the aim of helping countries minimize the health, environmental and economic costs of disasters through building preparedness and community awareness of the risks.

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Integrating Migrants in Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery in Their Host Countries

When conflicts or natural disasters erupt, they can disproportionately affect migrants living, working, studying, traveling,

or transiting in the country experiencing the crisis. By integrating and engaging migrants in their work, emergency management actors can play a vital role in addressing these factors, lessening migrants’ vulnerability in the context of crises and improving responses. 

This IOM training course targets the personnel of emergency management institutions and first responders to strengthen their capacity to reach out to, assist and protect migrants before, during and after crises. 

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Shock-Responsive Social Protection

Improving the shock-responsiveness of social protection, its relevance to large-scale natural, economic and political shocks, is an appealing prospect both for governments and for their partne

rs working in social protection and humanitarian assistance.

The approach has entered the mainstream in recent years and there are now hundreds of experiences worldwide of adaptations being made to social protection programmes in order to build people's resilience, or to mitigate and respond better to the risk of disasters. Familiarity with the techniques are growing, but some aspects are proving particularly complex. This short publication draws on insights from some recent real-life examples to offer ten key tips on how social protection can be used as a vehicle for emergency response, and how it can build people’s resilience.

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PreventionWeb: The Knowledge Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction
PreventionWeb is a collaborative knowledge sharing platform on disaster risk reduction (DRR), managed by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR).
The site offers a range of knowledge products and services to facilitate the work of DRR professionals, including through 45,000 daily entries and weekly alerts, supporting practitioners to follow the latest developments in disaster risk reduction. It also includes an introduction to disaster risk reduction key concepts and trends, a training calendar of workshops and webinars, and a global catalogue of academic programmes by nationally accredited institutions.