Flood and Coastal Defence Project Appraisal Guidance. Overview (including general guidance).

This is one of a series of guidance documents designed to provide advice on best practice for the appraisal of flood and coastal defence projects. The content of this Overview is largely new and compiled internally by MAFF but extensively revised as a result of a consultation carried out in autumn 2000.

From Risk to Resilience: Working Paper 5: Uttar Pradesh Drought Cost-Benefit Analysis, India

The case study presented here analyzes the costs and benefits of alternative strategies for mitigating the impact of drought on rural livelihoods in Uttar Pradesh, India. The case study explores both insurance mechanisms for spreading drought risk and, as an alternative, the development of groundwater irrigation for eliminating such risk.

Costs and Benefits of Disaster Risk Reduction

The ISDR secretariat commissioned three papers to guide discussions at the High Level Dialogue of the first session of the Global Platform for Disaster risk Reduction. The authors of the notes were requested to introduce the topics briefly, to provide some excerpts of cases studies, with figures, as well as highlighting some pressure points that could be addressed by the ISDR system.

Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change

This report provides examples of the range of options currently available for adapting to climate variability and extremes in key climate-sensitive sectors, such as agriculture, energy, and transportation. Although these examples alone may not be sufficient for coping with future climate change, they offer a starting point for devising adaptation strategies. While the report provides a long list of options to be considered for various sectors.

Impacts of CGIAR Crop Improvement and Natural Resource Management Research: A Review of Evidence

This paper has examined the trends in funding and impacts of CGIAR research with a focus on distribution of economic benefits and sustainability of natural resources. The evidence has clearly shown that the impacts in terms of agricultural growth, poverty reduction and environmental protection continue to be impressive.

The Role of Environmental Management and eco-engineering in Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

This report by ProAct Network and Gaia Group reviews a growing body of evidence that sound environmental management has a potentially important role to play in reducing many of the risks posed by natural hazards. Many ecosystems – if they are intact and/or well managed – act as natural, dynamic barriers that absorb the force of certain hazards, protect vulnerable communities and their assets while at the same time preserve local biodiversity and encourage ecological productivity. Natural ecosystems thus play an important protective and productive role in many instances.

Arguments for Protection: Natural Security: Protected areas and hazard mitigation.

This is the fifth volume in the WWF series of reports developed as part of the Arguments for Protection project which is assembling evidence on the social and economic benefits of protected areas to widen and strengthen support for park creation and management.

Looking beyond the horizon: how climate change impacts and adaptation responses will reshape agriculture in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

The authors bring together the findings and recommendations generated through in-depth quantitative and qualitative analyses carried out in four ECA countries—Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, and Uzbekistan—with important agricultural sectors that are being affected by climate change.

Background Paper on the Benefits and Costs of Early Warning Systems for Major Natural Hazards

This paper surveys the benefits and costs of early warning systems (EWS) for natural hazards, and discusses issues associated with the design and implementation of early warning systems to achieve these EWS benefits

Adaptation benefits and costs: are they important in the global policy picture and how can we estimate them?

This paper has three broad objectives. The first is to examine a little more carefully a main theme of this issue of Global Environmental namely: the usefulness of information about the global marginal benefits of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions to various groups in both developed and developing countries.