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Communicating progress in national and global adaptation to climate change


  • Takayoshi Kato


  • Jane Ellis



The Paris Agreement, adopted by the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), reinforces the international framework for adaptation action by establishing a global adaptation goal. Under the Paris Agreement, countries have also agreed to an enhanced transparency framework for action, which includes adaptation. The Agreement also requests each Party to submit and update an “adaptation communication” as appropriate. This paper explores what elements of countries’ adaptation responses and progress could be reported under the Paris Agreement so as to better communicate efforts towards enhanced adaptation and resilience. The paper also highlights the potential benefits both at a national and an international level from identifying and collating adaptation-related information. Finally the paper outlines a possible structure of an adaptation communication, and identifies options and associated information needs for the adaptation-related components of the global stocktake agreed to in the Paris Agreement. Communiquer sur les progrès accomplis au plan national et international en matière d'adaptation au changement climatique L'Accord de Paris, adopté par les Parties à la Convention-cadre des Nations Unies sur le changement climatique (CCNUCC), renforce le cadre international des efforts d'adaptation en établissant un objectif mondial d'adaptation. Au sein de l’Accord, les pays sont également convenus d'un cadre de transparence renforcé pour l'action, qui comprend l'adaptation. Aux termes de l'Accord, chaque Partie devrait aussi, selon qu'il convient, présenter et actualiser une « communication relative à l'adaptation ». Le présent rapport passe en revue les éléments des mesures d'adaptation et des progrès accomplis par les pays qui pourraient être notifiés au titre de l'Accord de Paris, afin d’améliorer la communication sur les efforts déployés en faveur de l'adaptation et de la résilience. Ce rapport montre les retombées positives que pourraient avoir l’identification et le rassemblement des informations sur l'adaptation au plan tant national qu’international. Il propose enfin une structure pour une communication relative à l'adaptation, et recense les options envisageables pour la composante adaptation du bilan mondial prévu dans l'Accord de Paris, ainsi que les besoins d'information correspondants.

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  • Takayoshi Kato & Jane Ellis, 2016. "Communicating progress in national and global adaptation to climate change," OECD/IEA Climate Change Expert Group Papers 2016/1, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:envaab:2016/1-en

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    adaptation; climate change; transparency; UNFCCC;

    JEL classification:

    • F53 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - International Agreements and Observance; International Organizations
    • O29 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy - - - Other
    • Q54 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Climate; Natural Disasters and their Management; Global Warming
    • Q58 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environmental Economics: Government Policy

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