Written by Robert Watt

Friday, 03 November 2017 00:00

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Side event: Closing knowledge gaps to scale up adaptation: the LIMA Adaptation Knowledge Initiative (LAKI)

9 November, 18:30-20:00, UNFCCC side event, Meeting room 12, Bonn Zone

Whether it is the absence of knowledge, or lack of appropriate access to knowledge, or the disconnect between knowledge holders and beneficiaries, climate change adaptation knowledge gaps have been consistently identified as a formidable barrier to successful adaptation actions.

At this event, SEI will show how weADAPT, SEI’s global platform and network for climate change adaptation issues, has become a signature online tool that allows practitioners, researchers and policy-makers from around the globe to access credible, high-quality information, and to share with one another the experiences and lessons from the frontiers of climate adaptation work.


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Side event: Transparency, governance and accountability for mitigation and adaptation - perspectives and experiences from developing countries

11 November, 09:00-11:00, DIE Interconnections

This session, co-organized by AdaptationWatch and the Council on Energy Environment and Water (CEEW), will focus on the experiences of developing countries in working to improve transparency, governance, and accountability in their climate-related activities. CEEW will provide insights on transparency and capacity building in the context of mitigation, while AdaptationWatch partners will address the challenges associated with governing adaptation in the developing world. Common themes will be highlighted to provide informed recommendations to support the enhanced transparency framework, and the Paris Agreement Rulebook.


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Side event: The Enhanced Transparency Framework for Climate Action

11 November, 16:30-17:45, DIE Interconnections

This event will highlight developing country perspectives on the enhanced transparency framework, as well as other accountability mechanisms within the Paris Agreement. Discussions will inform recommendations for common modalities, procedures and guidelines that cut-across mitigation and adaptation issues.


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Side event: Adaptation capacity building initiatives

16 November, 10:30-12:00, United Nations University

How can capacity building support the implementation of nationally determined contributions? SEI will present lessons from its research on making better adaptation decisions.

Key issues for adaptation

Over the last four weeks, AdaptationWatch, of which SEI is a partner, has published a series of briefs highlighting the key issues for adaptation at COP23. Here are the highlights:

  1. Commit to the era of adaptation implementation

As countries are already beginning to feel the effects of climate change, it is crucial that adaptation moves from policymaking into action. 

  1. Increase finance for adaptation 

Adaptation is especially critical in developing countries where people face the greatest risks due to climate change’s impacts. Insufficient funding means the risks faced by these countries persist unnecessarily. The longer they must wait, the greater the loss and damage that will continue to be experienced due to storms, droughts, and flooding. Closing the adaptation finance gap should be a priority for funders.

  1. Define “adaptation” clearly

Currently there is no clear and common understanding of what qualifies as an adaptation project, creating uncertainties in reporting, and conflict in the provision of adaptation finance. Countries need to know what should be counted as work on adaptation when accounting and reporting under the Paris Agreement.

  1. Outline a robust reporting system with universal methodologies for accounting 

The success of the Paris Agreement lies in accurate reporting and assessment. Clear reporting requirements and universally-used methodologies are urgently needed. However, developing countries need support to fulfill reporting requirements to these standards. 

  1. Move toward substantive assessments of progress on adaptation

Evaluating adaptation efforts should focus on substantive improvements based on locally-defined needs, backed up by quantitative results and qualitative testimonies. When defining Monitoring and Evaluation frameworks, an approach that emphasizes not only reporting but analysis of on-the-ground outcomes is crucial.

  1. Ensure that finance goes to the most vulnerable and under-supported

Adaptation finance should be targeted at the most vulnerable and to those sectors that are least supported.

  1. Consider in-country issues with communication and coordination 

In developing countries, communication and coordination across ministries and sectors can make effective adaptation efforts difficult. When providing adaptation finance, and planning of projects, it is critical to take governance capacity into account.

  1. Simplify and support efforts to increase climate finance readiness

The process for countries to apply, prepare for, and receive climate finance is complicated. In addition to simplifying the process and providing support, decision makers must also work to facilitate the establishment of national implementing agencies. This will result in the streamlining of access to climate funds, and more effective governance and implementation when they are received.

  1. Co-design adaptation action with local communities

Many adaptation actions are most successful when they address a local need and are context-appropriate. This is best done when local communities are an integral part of the planning and implementation processes, preferably as co-designers.

  1. Reorient capacity building efforts to focus on the long-term

Capacity building needs to leave a legacy - by effectively increasing capacity overall by building in-country knowledge and ownership of capacity building. Capacity building should focus on human rights and strengthening institutions, which has proven to be an effective strategy under other international regimes.