Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA)
Associated Organization: UNEP, WMO, UNESCO
The Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA) has released a report titled 'Research Priorities on Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation: Responding to the Climate Change Challenge,' which presents global research priorities that were identified through a consultation process with experts and policymakers, and are intended to serve as guidance to researchers, donor groups and other stakeholders.
Themes: Agriculture, fisheries and food security, Climate Science, Crosscutting Issues, Forestry, Gender, Health, Poverty and vulnerability, Water
Countries: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Congo, DRC, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia, Zimbabwe
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The report consists of 33 topics presented in three sections: information to support policymaker decisions; systems and regions; and emerging topics. Each of the 33 topics includes a description of why the research is needed, followed by several paragraphs describing specific activities that respond to that need. A short bulleted list thereafter highlights representative examples of critical activities from the broader set of proposed activities for each research topic.
The report addresses vulnerability of the following key systems: food systems; water systems; ecosystems; energy systems; and infrastructure systems and the built environment. It also addresses the impacts of climate change on human well-being and identifies the following critical geographical areas: vulnerable coastal areas and islands; arid and semi-arid regions; open ocean; mountain regions and the cryosphere; and urban areas.
PROVIA was launched in September 2011 by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). [Publication: Research Priorities on Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation: Responding to the Climate Change Challenge] [PROVIA Website]