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Addressing an adaptation dilemma

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Written by Marion Davis

Tuesday, 30 November 2010 18:15

Writing on, Richard Klein explains why understanding the link between climate adaptation and development finance is crucial to the success of any future climate deal.

Preparing for and responding to climate change has become essential, and at COP 13 in Bali, three years ago, climate negotiators agreed to give equal weight to adaptation and emission reduction and laid the groundwork to ensure that financing would be available to help developing countries adapt and develop sustainably.

Yet the Copenhagen Accord reached at COP 15 last year did not refer to this goal. It did set targets for financial support, but skirted the crucial link between adaptation and development.

Writing on, Richard Klein explains why addressing this issue is crucial to the success of any future climate deal, and why “mainstreaming” adaptation into development, as wealthy countries are urging developing nations to do, will be problematic until this is resolved.

Read his article here
; read the longer analysis it is based on, published in the World Bank’s book Climate Governance and Development, by clicking here (pdf).

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