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National experiences can inform a global goal for climate change adaptation

Brianna Craft, Susannah Fisher

IIED Briefing, 4 pages

Parties to the UN climate change negotiations are considering how to define a global goal for adaptation. Such a goal could form a key part of the new international climate agreement, which parties are due to adopt in Paris in December 2015. The international discussions coincide with efforts by governments in the global south to develop national adaptation plans and strategies, and evaluative frameworks to measure progress.
Lessons from these national experiences could help ensure a global adaptation goal supports and encourages effective adaptation for the climate-vulnerable poor. However, such lessons have not yet been fully considered in the international discussions. This briefing seeks to address this gap by relating research on adaptation effectiveness and measurement to proposed formulations of a global adaptation goal.

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