International experience on climate change adaptation shared on knowledge platform weADAPT

After finalising the AdaptCap project, GIZ and adelphi are making their experiences in the field of climate change adaptation available to the public. Project profiles are an important source of knowledge for both experts as well as other affected parties.


The AdaptCap project has over the past years provided coastal regions of India's federal states Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu with support on three levels: The goal was (1) to implement effective adaptation activities at a local level in selected cities and villages and thus increase adaptation capacity, (2) to promote climate change mitigation and (3) to improve and strengthen disaster risk reduction networks.

Looking back at the three year project runtime, AdaptCap has led to many positive changes in the particularly vulnerable coastal villages in South India. A central component of AdaptCap was an intensive exchange with neighbouring communities, as well as regional and international actors on application methods and results of the project, as well as challenges and experiences. Brochures and posters as well as other informative material were published in the local language. Public and stakeholder-oriented informative campaigns as well as workshops provided support and initiated participation.

Renowned database with tried and tested pilot projects for adaptation experts

Adaptation experts from all over the globe can now benefit from experience gathered from the AdaptCap pilot projects: Profiles of all 18 pilot projects, tailored to suit local needs and susceptibility, are now available to view on the weADAPT-Website. These profiles offer an overview of all of the challenges faced by villages following the effects of climate change. Furthermore, related costs, financing, operational and maintenance measures as well as monitoring and evaluation processesof the projects are reported. The benefits and uses for the villages that come along with such measures, are also discussed.

weADAPT collects adaptation projects from all over the world and promotes exchange between experts, scientists and affected individuals. Soon, AdaptCap pilot projects are also to be found at the UNFCCC Database for Local Coping Strategies.

The AdaptCap project has been funded by the European Commission and by the Indo-German Environmental Partnership Programme by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ-IGEP) and was realized in cooperation with local partners, ICLEI South Asia and adelphi.